Over $94,000 in Community Development Grants Awarded

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Over $94,000 in Community Development Grants have been awarded to 24 non-profit organisation, community groups and associations in Baw Baw Shire.

The annual presentation event was held last night at the Drouin golf Club, hosted by Mayor Cr Mikaela Power and Deputy Mayor Cr Danny Goss. East Ward Cr Michael Leaney, East Ward Cr Peter Kostos and West Ward Cr Tricia Jones were also in attendance supporting the many successful community groups who were awarded with their grants.

Grants were awarded to a diverse selection of successful applicants ranging from sports clubs to community groups, kindergartens to kennel clubs. All grant recipients all share a common theme, their grant funding will go towards projects, programs, equipment and events that make a positive contribution to the Baw Baw community.

Applications went through a rigorous assessment process, being evaluated against funding conditions and criteria and then scored to determine their success and amount of funding.

The 24 successful projects were allocated funding across three categories – Environment, Minor Equipment Purchases and Minor Capital Works.

Environment

OrganisationProjectGrant
Drouin Croquet ClubPurchase and installation of solar panels.$3,900.00
Jindivick Landcare GroupPurchase of eight wire cage rabbit traps.$1,100.00
Olivia’s PlaceImprove waste and recycling management including landfill diversion for large items.$4,050.00
Trafalgar Bowls ClubPurchase and installation of solar panels.$5,000.00

Minor Equipment Purchases

OrganisationProjectGrant
Aberfeldy Cemetery TrustNew brush cutter to assist in the maintenance of cemetery grounds.$924.00
Baw Baw Equestrian CentrePurchase a new solar water pump.$3,971.00
Drouin Men’s ShedReplacement woodworking lathe for workshop.$1,149.16
Friends of Mt Worth State ParkPurchase four hand-held UHF radios for use by volunteers at monthly working bees and other events.$500.00
Gippsland Ranges Roller Derby IncPurchase roller skates and protective equipment to support the new SkateFit program.$4,650.75
Gulls Hockey Club IncPurchase new goalie protective equipment.$4,910.00
Hill End Community Inc.Purchase two split system air-conditioning units.$5,000.00
Longwarry Recreation ReservePurchase ride on mower to maintain grass at the reserve and adjoining Bandicoot Walking Track.$5,000.00
Neerim Junction Mechanics InstitutePurchase chairs for hall to support community functions.$4,458.80
Riding Develops Abilities Warragul CentreReplacement equipment trailer and riding helmets.$3,119.97
Strzelecki Bushwalking ClubPurchase equipment for clearing and maintenance of walking track.$2,000.00
Warragul Gymnastic ClubPurchase safety mats, a set of bars, walls with hand holds, tunnels and sensory equipment.$5,000.00
Warragul Little AthleticsPurchase a new line marker for running and walking events.$3,440.00
West Gippsland Hockey AssociationPurchase eight junior size goals to better accommodate growth in junior hockey.$5,000.00
Willow Grove Recreation Reserve Committee of ManagementPurchase a mower suitable for grounds maintenance.$5,000.00

Minor Capital Works

OrganisationProjectGrant
Drouin Junior Football ClubInstallation of 10-metre-high netting on the northern end of Bellbird Park Drouin (to match the existing nets on the south end).$9,746.25
Trafalgar Cricket ClubInstallation of a new synthetic cricket pitch and re-establish ground levels.$6,251.50
Trafalgar East Hall CommitteeConstruction, installation and painting of two new windows at the front of the building.$1,594.48
Trafalgar KindergartenInstallation of a new toilet, taps, soap dispensers and a rainwater tank.$3,800.00
Warragul & District Kennel and Obedience ClubPurchase of a 50,000L water tank to provide adequate water for dog club grounds, irrigation and maintenance.$5,000.00

As stated by Mayor Cr Mikaela Power

“As a Council, it gives us great pleasure to support local people and organisations that contribute so much to our community. It was fantastic to see such a broad selection of projects put forward for funding this year. We had outstanding applicants across all categories and I think that really demonstrates the diversity and creativity you find right across Baw Baw. I’d like to congratulate each recipient on their successful application and look forward to seeing their projects come to life.”

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