7 November, 2023
Funding boost for community groups
MORE than $140,000 in grants have been awarded to 33 community groups as part of the latest round of Moyne Shire council’s Community Assistance Fund.
From the purchase of new township Christmas decorations and school iPads through to power tools for a men’s shed, mayor Cr Ian Smith said the grants would support groups and organisations in every corner of the shire.
“The aim of this fund is to support clubs to upgrade their facilities, purchase new equipment or run programs, and initiatives that all have winder community benefit – the list is a perfect example of that,” Cr Smith said.
“The Port Fairy men’s shed, which will buy new tools, provides an important social outlet for many in the community, and there are several sporting clubs receiving support which promote healthy and active lifestyles (again providing vital community connections).
“This fund is our way of supporting you and saying that you for the important work you do.”
Cr Smith there was still $49,660 left in the budget for a second round of funding, which will open for applications next February.
“This fund is one of the best things we do as a council; it’s great to see so many applications for the first round and I’m pleased we can still have a second round so those who may not have been ready can still seek some support,” Cr Smith said.
“I encourage groups who didn’t put in an application this time to start thinking about equipment they need or upgrades they’d love to undertaken and then put in an application.”
Successful funding recipients in this round included: Spring Creek Cricket Club - $15,000 for cricket nets at Woolsthorpe Recreation Reserve.
Port Fairy Agricultural, Pastoral and Horticultural Society - $6849 for a ride-on mower. Port Fairy Football Netball Club - $5400 for a turf management project. South West Makers Association - $4153 for displays for a new gallery space.
Warrnambool Olympic Pistol Club - $3092 for works on range wall. Port Fairy Community Pool Management Group - $3055 for ceiling installation.
Port Fairy Public Cemetery Trust - $2976 for beautification works of a memorial area. Port Fairy Bridge Club - $2969 for computerised scoring units.
Nirranda Community Centre - $2950 for a new slasher. Koroit and District Primary School - $2946 for iPads.
Koroit Bowls Club - $2940 to purchase equipment for a new junior program. Grassmere Hall and Recreation Reserve - $2800 for a new shelter at the tennis courts.
Illowa Community Recreation Reserve - $2545 for a new stove in the hall kitchen. Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail Committee of Management - $2468 to purchase hand tools and a cycle repair station for Koroit.
Port Fairy Tennis Club - $1845 for an engineering report to assess building suitability for solar panels.
Port Fairy Men’s Shed - $1684 for power tools to assist with projects East Framlingham Golf Club - $1363 for a pole saw.
Koroit District Angling Club - $1007 for promotional flags and a barbecue.