Council grants presentation to outstanding community projects

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Forty-three Council grants totalling more than $188,400 were recently presented to local groups, clubs and organisations as part of the latest round of Council’s grants program.

The program is designed to support groups with projects that benefit the wider community, from sporting groups through to whole-of-community events and projects.

Last week’s recipients successfully applied for funding under Council’s Recreation Development, Recreation Facilities Upgrade, Community Project and Environmental Project grants streams.

Mildura Mayor Simon Clemence congratulated the latest round of recipients, not just for their successful applications, but the projects they’ve developed.

“Our Grants program is a great way for us to partner with community groups throughout our municipality, but it’s also a good way to highlight the amazing projects local clubs, groups and organisations have come up with,” Cr Clemence said.

“In the majority of cases these groups are run entirely by volunteers who donate countless hours of their own time, and their own resources for initiatives that ultimately benefit the broader community.”

Community Project Grants – $84,328.20

These grants are designed to provide financial assistance to local not-for-profit organisations and groups for innovative projects, or service enhancements, which target recognised high-need groups in our community and meet the goals of Council’s Community and Council Plan.

Councillor for Community Development and Gender Equality Helen Healy presented more than $84,000 in grants to 15 Community projects.

“These 15 amazing projects will make a major difference to the lives of a broad range of residents across our municipality, particularly those who may need extra support or assistance,” Cr Healy said.

“From projects that support new migrant farmers in our region, through to initiatives that provide employment or work experience opportunities for people with disabilities, all 15 projects are certainly worthy recipients.”

Recreation Grants – $84,881.73

Council’s Recreation Development Grants program provides recreation groups with the opportunity and financial assistance to undertake a broad range of small to medium projects, with funding available through two different programs – Development Grants and Facilities Upgrade Grants

Councillor for Recreation and Sport Glenn Milne presented nine recipients with Recreation Development Grants valued at $8,936 and 13 recipients with Recreation Facilities Upgrade Grants totalling $75,945.

“The numerous sport and recreation groups in our region serve a vital purpose providing facilities and activities for thousands of residents, young and old, to enjoy and benefit from,” Cr Milne said.

“In the majority of cases these groups are run entirely by volunteers, and to see the professionalism and standard of projects put forward this year is a real credit to these groups, and something our community should be thankful for.”

Environmental Project Grants – $19,218

The Environmental Project Grants program is designed to assist local, not-for-profit organisations and groups to access funding for innovative environmental projects in the Mildura Rural City Council area and meet the goals of the Community and Council Plan.

Councillor for Environment and Farming Sustainability Anthony Cirillo said six recipients received more than $19,000 in grants as part of the latest round of this program.

“Our environment is one of our most precious resources, and it’s encouraging to see the work being done by local groups to ensure it is protected,” Cr Cirillo said.

“This round’s innovative projects, also demonstrate recipients’ awareness of the need to keep pushing for more sustainable outcomes and we’re proud to partner with them.”

Please see below for the full list of the latest round of grant recipients.

Community Project Grant Program

Millewa Carwarp Landcare Group

Meringur Community Comfort Grant

Ouyen Lions Club

Upgrade of gardening equipment

Mallee Accommodation and Support Program

MASP Sensory Playground

Irymple Progress Association

Irymple Idyll newsletter

Sunraysia Residential Services

VicTrack Tram Café

Mallee Living Histories Project

Mallee Living Histories Project

Mildura English Language Centre (MELC)

MELC Learn to Swim

Sunraysia Sustainability Network

Mildura Eco Village outdoor paving project

Walk Off The War Within

Walk Off The War Within Mildura event

Food Next Door Co-op

Growing small-scale farmers

Connecting2 Australia

Connecting2 Australia Second chance shop

Merbein District Inc.

Build Merbein ad

Mulberry Tree Playgroup

Play Outside – it’s cool

Sunraysia Community Health Services

Volunteer upskill program

Murrayville Cemetery

Public toilet installation

Recreation Grants (Development)

Mildura Clay Target Club

Upgrade to wireless speaker to support senior/disabled members

Mildura West Cricket Club Inc.

Purchase cricket balls for girl’s competition

Sunraysia Baseball League

Purchase bats for junior rep. sides during state and national tournaments

Wanderers Baseball Club Inc.

Uniforms and equipment for new women’s competition

Millewa Community Complex

Appliance upgrade to achieve energy efficiency

Underbool Bowls Club

Purchase light-weight bowls suitable for beginners

Waratahs Hockey Club

Purchase goal keeping equipment for junior girls

Sunraysia Residential Services

Purchase cubby houses to encourage and support the learning and development of social skills and play

Red Cliffs Star Spirits Netball Club

Purchase portable furniture for the club’s use

Recreation Grants (Facilities Upgrade)

Riverside Golf Club Mildura

Upgrade of two greens to increase efficiency of water usage and power and reduce impact on the environment

Mildura West Cricket Club

Construct new shade structure on Aero Ovals 1 for cricket spectators

Sunraysia Aeromodellers Inc.

Remove and replace sink, stove and benches in kitchen area in the club house

Sunraysia Baseball League

Batting tunnel and bullpen club house

Red Cliffs Lawn Tennis Club

Paving between the clubhouse and new fencing along the Croquet Club boundary to create safe walking surface

Red Cliffs Golf Club

Kitchen renovation to ensure compliance with club’s Food Safety Program

Sunraysia Hockey Association

Development of feasibility study and business plan for proposal to upgrade the pitch surface

Mildura Clay Target Club

Upgrade to an automated Matarelli trap

Ouyen Inc.

Project to install a security system into the Ouyen Community Gym building

Irymple Cricket Club

Design of electrical infrastructure upgrade at Henshilwood Reserve to accommodate the delivery of the Reserve Masterplan

North West Victorian Adult Riding Club

Prepare arena for surface upgrade

Mildura Harness Racing Club

Levelling of flooring in upstairs dining room at Ray Hepworth Centre to bring the flooring up to one level and allow removal of stairs to lower level

Mildura Harness Racing Club

Extension of stables to include Pony Trots Stalls

Environmental Project Grant

Red Cliffs Golf Club

Rainwater Harvesting

Millewa Advisory Group

Rain water

Murrayville Landcare Group

Creating an Environment to Capture Young Minds

Sunraysia Residential Services

Scraps Revisited

Murrayville Landcare Group

Murrayville Wetlands and Walking Trails Signage

Murrayville Landcare Group

Murrayville Rabbit Control Program

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