Community grants presented

13 July 2018 - Media release

Campaspe Shire Council presented $93,247 to 40 community groups in round one of the 2018/19 Community Grants Program in Echuca last night.

Mayor Cr Adrian Weston said the program offers financial assistance to support services, programs and events delivered by community groups, clubs and associations in Campaspe Shire.

“It was great to see so many community groups right across our shire gather together and share details on their special projects to improve their services, facilities and activities for the benefit of the Campaspe community,” Cr Weston said.

Grant recipient Darren Carnie from the Lockington & District Bush Nursing Centre Inc. formally thanked Campaspe Shire for contributing $4,000 for the installation of solar panels on their roof.

“It’s going to make a big difference to us in terms of cost – decreasing our electricity bills. It’s a win for the environment as well,” Mr Carnie said.

Lisa Baker from the Echuca Basketball Association Inc. was extremely grateful for council’s $5,000 contribution towards the Echuca Basketball Junior Tournament

“We have over 100 teams which bring 1,000 kids plus families to the area for three days so a massive event for us and hopefully it will be bigger and better this year,” Ms Baker said.

Grants were presented in two categories – Community Support and Events.

In the Community Support category, $64,197 was allocated to 22 groups as follows:

$1,300                   Rushworth Public Cemetery Trust, repair and restoration of Sexton’s Hut

$4,000                   Girgarre Football Netball Club Inc, kitchen refurbishment

$1,466                   Echuca Historical Society Inc, equipment purchases

$3,000                   Gunbower Memorial Hall Committee, new split system for the main hall

$1,500                   Echuca Moama Men’s Shed Inc, purchase of printer and scanner

$2,499                   Rich River Quilters & Friends Inc, purchase of a Janome long arm sewing machine

$1,000                   Girgarre Primary School, centenary history book

$3,000                   Colbinabbin Boomerang Bags (Colbinabbin Football Netball Club Inc), set up Boomerang Bags

$2,400                   Rushworth Community House Inc, Rushworth mobile IT support

$4,000                   Echuca Poultry Club Inc, renovations

$4,000                   Lockington & District Bush Nursing Centre Inc, sustainable power

$2,649                   Echuca Moama Photography Club Inc, equipment purchase

$2,500                   Winter Blues Festival Inc, festival activities and workshops

$4,000                   Toolleen Recreation Reserve Committee of Management, universal access ramp

$4,000                   Kyabram & District Historical Society Inc, digitisation imaging of Kyabram Free Press newspapers

$3,837                   Echuca East Primary School, Victorian State School Spectacular

$4,000                   Inland Outrigger Canoe Club Inc, refurbishment of a six seater outrigger canoe

$4,000                   Vivid (formerly Murray Human Services Inc), installation of a shade sail

$3,942                   Crossenvale Community House Inc, Mow me out of here and building stronger partnerships

$2,104                   Echuca Moama Arts Initiative Inc, marketing plan for the Echuca Moama arts prize ‘Nature Speaks’

$1,000                   Community Living & Respite Services Inc, soothing sounds

$4,000                   Lockington District Business Centre Inc, Lockington Playgroup outdoor play space

In the Events category, $29,050 was allocated to 18 groups as follows:

$5,000                   Echuca Basketball Association Inc, Echuca basketball junior tournament

$2,500                   Echuca Racing Club Inc, Echuca Racing Club Melbourne Cup Day

$2,500                   Kyabram Parkland Golf Club Inc, men’s, ladies and junior Victorian Amateur Par 3 Championships

$3,000                   Epicentre Church Inc, the Christmas Spectacular

$3,000                   Kyabram RV Country Music Festival (Kyabram Development Committee Inc), Kyabram RV Country Music Festival

$1,050                   Kyabram Amateur Swimming Club Inc, Kyabram Swimming Club 2018 long distance/long course meet

$3,000                   Girgarre Development Group Inc, Girgarre Moosic Muster

$2,250                   Stanhope Show & Shine Show (Stanhope & District Development Committee Inc), Stanhope Show & Shine Show

$300                       Echuca Moama Artists Inc, 64th Annual Art Exhibition

$500                       Echuca Moama Uniting Church, Sounds for the Soul

$1,000                   Tongala Community Events Inc, Tongala Community Garage Sale

$750                       Girgarre Community Group Inc, Girgarre Open Garden Festival 2018

$1,000                   Rotary Club of Rochester Inc, Farm & Road Safe Expo

$750                       Henley Friends Inc, Guys and Girls

$750                       Bella A’Capella (Winter Blues Festival Inc), Song for your Soul

$750                       Echuca Swimming Club Inc, September Swimming Carnival

$350                       Kyabram Anglers Club Inc, Come Try Fishing Day

$600                       Stanhope & District Development Group Inc, Stanhope newcomers dinner

Round two of the Community Grants Program opens 1 August 2018 and will see the introduction of online applications.

If applicants require assistance completing the online form, contact Bobbi Aitken on 5481 2206.