Colac Otway celebrates grants program – 2022

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Seventy-nine community organisations, clubs, event organisers and businesses from across Colac Otway Shire are set to share in more than $297,000 in Council grants.

Mayor Kate Hanson said it was wonderful to see a diverse range of projects and initiatives funded by the Colac Otway Shire Grants Program, with many of the shire’s small towns represented in the successful grant applications.

“It’s great to see our small towns and communities putting forward grants and making the most of the program.

“Grants include Otway District Football and Netball Club funding a storage shed, floorboards at the Barwon Downs Hall, cricket training facilities at Carlisle River, improvements to access at the Gellibrand Hall – to name a few.

“Around the shire, you’ll also see façade improvements take place at the Forrest General Store and The Perch in Lavers Hill, along with businesses in Apollo Bay and Colac.

“It can be difficult for smaller clubs and community groups to raise funds, but they’re so much a part of what makes Colac Otway a great region, it’s wonderful for Council to provide this support to ensure they can continue to be places people go to play sport, learn, socialise and create.

“Many of the applicants from clubs and community groups are volunteers, and we thank them for giving their time to apply for the grants as the initiatives, projects and events will benefit the wider Colac Otway community.

“Similarly we’re grateful to our local business owners too, it will be great to see shopfronts in Colac, Forrest, Apollo Bay and Lavers Hill receive updates, which has a flow on positive effect for people visiting and shopping in the shire,” Mayor Hanson said.

Communities, event organisers and businesses across Colac Otway Shire will be contributing over $2.3million to the successful projects and events.

“The successful projects are broad with significant social and cultural impact for our community, this is also matched by the significant economic return through works and activities undertaken as part of the grants,” Mayor Hanson said.

From Tuesday July 12, Council will re-open the 2022-23 Grants Program with remaining funds of $14,311 available for new applications with community groups, local events or businesses encouraged to apply (please note that recipients of the 2022-23 grants program are not eligible). Applications will be assessed against the program criteria and approved as they are received until funds are fully allocated or up to 30 April 2023.

For program categories and further information, please visit Council’s website at www.colacotway.vic.gov.au

Category 1, Community Grants:

Item No

Applicant

Project Name

Grant Recommended $

1.

Otway District Football Netball Club Inc.

Storage Shed for Otway Districts Football Netball Club

$9,900

2.

Barwon Downs Community Group Inc.

Hardwood Floorboards Makeover at the Hall

$2,440

3.

Irrewarra Cricket Club

Upgrade of Colac Secondary College Training facility

$10,000

4.

Carlisle River Cricket Club

Carlisle River Cricket training facility

$10,000

5.

Cressy and District History Group

Public Art project ‘Cressy, Our Story’ Mural on Cressy Water Tower

$10,000

6.

Anam Cara House, Colac

Re-Roof Shed

$5,400

7.

Rotary Club of Colac West

Upgrade Catering Equipment at the Showgrounds Shed

$2,956

8.

Simpson Car Club Inc.

Upgrade of Spectator Lights and Pit Area Lights

$10,000

9.

Warrion Public Hall Committee Inc.

Hall Painting and Path Repair

$6,085

10.

Colac Yacht Club

Re-Carpeting of Yacht Club Hall

$7,572

11.

Apollo Bay Bowls Club Inc.

New Oven for Bowls Club Kitchen

$3,500

12.

Beeac Windmill Park Committee auspiced by Beeac Progress Association

Beeac Windmill Park Painting

$2,754

13.

Cressy Bowling Club

Cressy Bowling Club Synthetic Green Replacement

$10,000

14.

Warrion Cricket Club Inc.

Pop Up Sprinklers Replacement

$4,555

15.

Climate Action Team Inc.

Reducing Household Emissions and Energy Costs: Forum and Practical Application

$2,600

16.

Birregurra Golf Club

Renovation and Construction of Golf Green

$7,810

17.

Irrewillipe Sports and Entertainment Complex

Historical Display Cabinets

$2,880

18.

Gellibrand Public Hall Inc

Improve All Ability Access to Gellibrand Public Hall

$5,616

19.

Apollo Bay and District Historical Society

Caring for and Protecting our Precious History – Dehumidifiers

$2,870

20.

Colac City United Cricket Club Inc.

Refresh Eastern Reserve rooms. Internal Painting Project

$3,353

21.

Alvie Recreation Committee of Management

Remediation works to prevent water entering the Alvie Recreation Centre

$7,481

22.

Southern Otways Sustainable Inc.

Analyse and Report on Commercial Losses in Apollo Bay due to Unreliable Power

$10,000

23.

Otway Barham Landcare Group auspice by Southern Otway Landcare Network

Marengo Cultural Education Centre and Environmental Weed Control project

$7,000

24.

Southern Otway Landcare Network

Shrub Club Community Nursery Bench Restoration

$10,000

25.

Forrest Public Reserves Committee

Cinema Forrest

$5,611

26.

Community Hub Inc

Life After Farming – create a Directory of activities and services

$2,100

Total

$162,483

Category 2, Community Events and Support (including *2A Major Community Organised Event):

Item No

Applicant

Project Name

Grant Recommended $

1.

Warrion Public Hall Committee Inc.

Warrion 110th Flower Show

$3,500

2.

Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism

Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Conference 2022 at COPACC

$3,127

3.

Rotary Club of Colac

The 2023 Otway Trail Run

$5,000

4.

Creative Otways Inc.

Colac Otway Arts Trail – social media and website

$5,000

5.

Colac Orchid Club Inc.

Annual Orchid Show and Sales 2022

$2,000

6.

Elliminyt Primary School

School Production

$1,260

7.

Colac West Primary School

Colac West Primary School Concert

$1,788

8.

Golden Gumboot Working Group auspice by Old Beechy Rail Trail Friends Inc.

Hunt for the Golden Gumboot 2022

$2,500

9.

The Colac Players Inc.

Production and performance of one amateur theatre production at COPACC

$4,259

10.

Rapid Ascent Pty Ltd

Otway Odyssey and Great Otway Gravel Grind 2023

$5,000

11.

Apollo Bay WordFest auspice by Apollo Bay Arts Inc.

Apollo Bay WordFest 2022: Curious and Curiouser

$5,000

12.

Southern Exposure

Run Forrest Trail Run 2023

$5,000

13.

Wye to Wongarra Landcare Group

Making Room: Fungi to Forest. Community walks and workshops to identify weeds/plants/fungi

$1,834

14.

Bicycle Network

Great Vic Bike Ride 2022

$5,000

15.

Colac Neighbourhood House auspice by Colac Area Health

“Some happy day” film and Q&A to highlight plight of homelessness

$2,040

16.

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival auspice by Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival presents SOS event series (marketing campaign)

$5,000

17.

Let’s Talk Colac Otway

Wellbeing Expo

$2,000

18.

International Management Group of America Pty Ltd

2023 Keiser Great Ocean Road Running Festival

$5,000

19.

Beech Forest and District Progress Association

Beech Forest and District Progress Association Event

$2,000

20.

KSJ Event Management

Lochard Energy Women’s Warrnambool Cycling Classic 2023

$5,000

21.

*Category 2A Major Community Organised Event

WinterWild auspice by Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce

WinterWild 2022

$10,000

Total

$81,308

Category 3, Small Grants Program:

Item No

Applicant

Project Name

Grant Recommended $

1.

Main Street Planters auspiced by Birregurra Community Group

Main Street Planters (maintenance of planter boxes along Main St Birregurra)

$844

2.

Colac Woodcrafters Guild Inc.

Purchase a wood lathe and specialised sharpening equipment

$1,038

3.

Colac Table Tennis Association

Replacement Equipment (tables, nets, scoreboard)

$1,214

4.

Otway Plains District Scouts

Barongarook scout camp hut lighting upgrade

$1,346

5.

Colac Otway Rover AFC

Line Marker equipment

$1,769

6.

Colac Cake Decorators CDAV

Expert Teaching workshops

$700

7.

2nd Colac Sea Scouts

First Aid Training

$1,200

8.

Gellibrand Community House Inc.

Screen for The Gellibrand Community House

$1,995

9.

Colac Central Bowling Club Inc.

Air Conditioner for Kitchen

$1,487

10.

Forrest and District Historical Society

Tables, chairs and display mount boards

$721

11.

Birregurra Landcare

River flat Revegetation Project

$1,780

12.

Apollo Bay Radio Inc.

Apollo Bay Radio Studio equipment upgrades

$965

13.

Birregurra Preschool

Building Blocks at Birregurra Preschool

$1,641

14.

VICSES Colac Unit

New computer and maintenance program software for Colac SES

$2,000

15.

Irrewarra-Beeac Football Netball Club

Storage space for our Netball players equipment

$1,600

16.

Cororooke Tennis Club

Community garden for pathway at Tennis Club entrance

$960

17.

The Colac and District Dog Obedience Club Inc.

A new Clubroom Vacuum Cleaner

$299

18.

Central Otway Landcare Network

A Bird’s Eye view of our landscape (Purchase drone to take aerial photos/videos of the landscape before/after completion of on ground natural resource management works

$1,000

19.

Colac and District Football Umpires Association

Heating/Cooling System for Football Umpire Rooms at Lake Oval

$1,935

20.

Colac Adult Riding Club

Building a new round yard on the Colac ARC grounds

$1,994

21.

Western Eagles Football Netball Club

Website Development Project

$1,909

22.

Alvie Football Netball Club Inc.

Purchase Freezer (Brrr..It’s Cold in Here)

$905

Total

$29,302

Category 4, Building Façade Improvement Program:

Item No

Applicant

Project Name

Grant Recommended $

1.

Gravity Cafe

Update the facade to business frontage (paint Murray Sreet front)

$3,000

2.

Gerangawood Pty Ltd

Bank – paint facade

$2,192

3.

Water Supply Specialist

Building Facade Improvement – painting and signage

$3,000

4.

Colac to Coast Real Estate

Building Facade Improvement – new signage

$925

5.

Theodore Podiatry Group

Building Facade Improvement – painting and signage

$3,000

6.

Wisdom Investments Group Pty Ltd

Exterior wall painting (1st floor and south side)

$1,000

7.

Forrest General Store

Forrest General Store Façade Improvements Project

$3,000

8.

The Perch Lavers Hill

Painting building exterior

$3,000

Total

$19,117

Category 5, Small Business Environmental Sustainability Program:

Item No

Applicant

Project Name

Grant Recommended $

1.

The Sandman Mattress Company

Removal of old gas heaters and install new split systems

$2,500

2.

Dar Tèta

Upright Freezer

$2,479

Total

$4,979

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