Community groups granted more than $165,000 in Council funding

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Over 40 not-for-profits across Baw Baw Shire have been acknowledged for their valuable contributions to the community with Council awarding $165,105 in Community Development Grants at its annual presentation evening.

The presentation ceremony, held on Thursday 24 November at the West Gippsland Arts Centre, was hosted by Baw Baw Shire Council CEO Mark Dupe alongside Mayor, Annemarie McCabe and Councillors Michael Leaney, Tricia Jones and Joe Gauci.

The occasion provided an opportunity for Council to celebrate the 40 successful recipients and formally present them with their well-deserved grant funding to assist with the delivery of a range of community driven projects.

Funded initiatives included, but were not limited to:

  • new uniforms and training equipment for 7 sporting clubs
  • 2 Playgroups are set to receive updated indoor and outdoor equipment
  • 2 Community Accessible Defibrillators
  • And maintenance equipment and essential items for 4 groups to support their day-to-day operations

Lincoln Judd, secretary of the Neerim South Public Hall Reserve Committee of Management was pleased to attend the reception evening and accept a grant of $10,000 to go towards operable walls for the hall.

“The committee are delighted to be awarded the grant, the funds will go towards a $20,000 project to replace the existing folding door, with a more durable and soundproof operated wall. The entire application process was easy, and the Committee are grateful for the support from Baw Baw Shire Council towards this project” he says.

Council’s 22/23 Community Development Grants program was open for all eligible non-profit organisations, groups, and associations throughout the Shire with funding available in three categories: environment, equipment and minor capital works.

For a full list of the successful 2022 Community Development Grant recipients, as well as more information about the program and how groups can apply, please visit Council’s website.

Quote attributable to Mayor Cr Annemarie McCabe

“It was a real pleasure to celebrate the Community Development Grant reception with so many groups and organisations in Baw Baw and formally present them with their well-deserved grant funding.

With 40 different groups receiving funding this round, and 14 of those new to the program this year, it is a wonderful showcase of the diverse and and outstanding work that these community groups and associations do all over the Shire.

I thank all the representatives who were able to join us at the annual presentation evening and look forward to following the progression of these projects!”

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