Grants awarded to Wellington community groups

Wellington Shire Council this week approved more than $110,000 in funding to local community groups for events, projects and facilities, through its Community Assistance Grants program.

The funding will go to 24 community projects across Wellington Shire.

Wellington Shire Council Mayor Ian Bye said the grants were awarded to projects that benefited the community.

“Council allocates these grants to help groups organise projects that get a diverse range of people working together on something that can be enjoyed by the entire community,” Cr Bye said.

“This might include events that showcase a particular cultural aspect of our region, or minor works and maintenance to a community-owned building, or a project that addresses a need within Wellington Shire.

“There are some fantastic initiatives that applied for grants in this round and we are pleased to be able to support them.”

Community events were awarded a total of $19,160, with funds going towards the New Year’s Eve fireworks display and twilight market in Port Albert, the Yarram Eisteddfod, a youth art class and mural project by artist Heesco in Yarram, and a Hero Round Table event at Yarram.

Almost $45,000 in funding will go towards community projects organised by A Better Life for Foster Kids, 409 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets RAAF Base East Sale, Maffra Golf Club, Yarram Genealogy Group, Sale Tennis Club, Port Albert Water Sports and Safety Centre committee, Wurruk Community House, Workforce Plus, Denison Recreation Reserve and Port Albert Maritime Museum.

In the community facilities category, Council allocated $46,310 to Nambrok Hall and Recreation Reserve, Gormandale Football and Netball Club, Sale Pistol Club, Port Albert Water Sports and Safety Centre Committee, Briagolong Community House, Golden Paradise Beach Ratepayers and Residents Association, Maffra Neighbourhood House, Briagolong and District Pony Club, Munro Public Hall Committee of Management and Rosedale Bowls Club.

The next round of Community Assistance Grants will be open from 14 June to 2 August.

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