Council distributes $335,000 across 24 community projects

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The Council will distribute $335,000 across 24 community projects as part of the Australian Government’s drought funding program.

The Council received $1million in funding from the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Programme with Benalla being recognised as experiencing hardship due to the drought.

The funding is to complete local infrastructure and other drought relief projects.

Applications from a high number of community groups were received and assessed against criteria set by the Australian Government.

Benalla Rural City Council Chief Executive Officer Dom Testoni said getting this funding out into the community will have multiple benefits.

“All the applicant groups, and the individuals within those groups, do a mountain of work within our community and we thank them for the time and effort they put into that important contribution,” Mr Testoni said.

“We are pleased to be able to fund these 24 projects, which represent a broad geographic spread across the municipality, different age brackets and project types.

“Having this funding with these community groups, which will largely be spent locally, will also play a role in helping the Benalla Rural City economy through these very tough and ongoing COVID-19 times.”

Community groups and projects which receive funding are:

Albert Heaney Oval Committee Upgrade of facilities at the Albert Heaney Oval, Swanpool $17,000
All Blacks Football & Netball Club Clubroom rejunevation $7,000
Benalla Agricultural & Pastoral Society Multipurpose shelter upgrade $20,000
Benalla & District Preschool Partnership Installation of rain water tank $3,638
Benalla Aviation Museum and Men’s Shed Securing the Men’s Shed complex $13,600
Benalla Netball Association Upgrades to clubrooms and court sun shelters $13,605
Benalla Scout Group Being Our Best – All Access Bathroom Facility $20,000
Benalla Sports Entertainment Centre Sewer pump well upgrade $4,500
Boweya Community Incorporated Boweya Community Playground improvements $15,000
Devenish Public Hall Kitchen and plumbing infrastructure upgrade $15,000
Goorambat Public Hall Reserve Toilet facilities and surrounds improvements $20,000
Goorambat Football Netball Club Netball court resurfacing and umpire rooms $18,500
Lima School Community Centre Lima School Community Centre facelift $10,850
Lurg Hall and Reserves Commitee Lurg Hall and school reserve upgrade $11,782
Molyullah Recreation & Public Hall Reserve Upgrade to toilets at Molyullah Hall $20,000
Molyullah Recreation & Public Hall Reserve Upgrade to fish and chip cooking area $4,500
Moorngag Hall and Recreation Reserve Multi-purpose storage shed $18,850
Raise the Roof Benalla Inc. Fence installation $20,000
Ride Avenue Preschool Windows upgrade and cooling $12,710
Swanpool Bowling Club Permanent shade structure replacement $14,000
Tatong Memorial Hall Storeroom with verandah $13,385
Tomorrow Today Creating and outdoor learning space for PEEP $14,180
Warrenbayne Recreation Reserve Covered outdoor recreational facility $20,000
White Gate CFA Driveway upgrade $6,900

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