Council supports locals with community grants

30 November 2018 - Media release

Round two of Campaspe Shire Council’s 2018/19 Community Grants were presented this week, financially supporting many local community groups and events.

Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston said 50 not for profit community groups received a total of $116,710 to assist in the delivery of events and projects within the community.

“Funding through this round of the Community Grants program has supported around 90 per cent of the value of the projects to be delivered by community groups,” Cr Weston said.

“Council is proud to fund groups to ensure these projects can be provided for residents to participate, develop and experience inclusion and sustainability.”

Grant recipient Paul Diegan from the Rushworth Easter Heritage Festival Inc. thanked Campaspe Shire for $5,000 which will support the group’s 2019 event.

“This year we estimate we had 5,500 visitors to the area and next year we would like to see that number rise. We are aiming for bigger and better, while still keeping within the event’s heritage theme. We look forward to bringing another successful event that benefits not only Rushworth, but also the wider area of Campaspe Shire,” Mr Deigan said.

Dot Hammond from the Echuca Historical Society accepted $2,000 and said we will now be able to bring a consultant from Melbourne to train 10 of our members to use our extensive database.

“This will improve our volunteers’ knowledge which will enable them to better assist the public with their many historical enquiries,” Ms Hammond said.

Grants were allocated under two categories, Community Support and Events.

In the Community Support category $60,160 was allocated to 22 groups as follows:

$4,000             Echuca Animal Rescue Service Inc (EARS), companion animal de-sexing program

$1,580             Rochester Bowls Club Inc, purchase and installation of boiling water unit for clubrooms

$2,000             Echuca Historical Society Inc, database training for volunteers

$4,000             Berrimba Child Care Centre, supportive playgroup

$515                Strathallan Family Landcare (Rochester Community House Inc), gliders along the Campaspe

$4,000             Echuca Football Netball Club Inc, provision of family friendly shower facilities

$4,000             Rushworth Machinery Preservation Club Inc, barbecue trailer

$4,000             Echuca Community Church Relief centre (Echuca Community Church), relief centre

$800                Lions Club of Echuca Inc, purchase and installation of hot water system for catering van

$4,000             Kyabram P-12 College, purchase of water tank and repair/replace guttering and downpipes to assist with obtaining a 5 star resources smart sustainability rating

$1,000             Rich River Lacemakers (Australian Lace Guild (Victorian Branch) Inc), gimps in torchon lace with Christine Johnson

$3,498             Community Living & Respite Services Inc, recyclability upcycled

$4,000             Apex Club of Echuca Moama Inc, Apex Hall toilet upgrade

$4,000             Crossenvale Community House Inc, LGTBI community engagement

$2,320             Rochester & District Horse & Pony Club Inc, safer jumps for pony club

$2,962             Hands on Health Campaspe Murray Inc – STEPS, STEPS: drop in centre with free therapeutic services

$550                Echuca East Preschool Centre Inc, raised garden beds for Echuca East Preschool Centre

$4,000             Echuca Moama Men’s Shed Inc, solar system proposal

$4,000             Rochester & Elmore District Health Service, connecting our community – the culture of engagement

$2,967             Community Church of Lockington Inc, roofing repairs

$1,285             Rochester Cemetery Trust, upgrade lighting at Rochester cemetery

$683                Slow Echuca Moama (Cittaslow Australasia Inc), Echuca Moama Repair Café

In the events category, $56,550 was allocated to 28 groups as follows:

$500                Rochester Golf Club Inc, annual golf tournament

$800                Wyuna Memorial Hall Committee, seasonal community dinners & end of year Christmas social

$800                Corop Community Action Group Inc, Junk Art Show 2019

$300                Rotary Club of Rochester Inc, Creative Seeds art exhibition

$800                Lockington & District Living Heritage Complex Inc, hire of sound system for 22nd annual Vintage Tractor & Machinery Rally

$450                Koyuga Hall & Recreation Reserve Committee, Koyuga Christmas function

$500                Parkinson’s Support Group (Parkinson’s Victoria), what’s Parkinson’s, living well with Parkinson’s, latest research

$400                Echuca Moama Uniting Church, festival of Christmas – a celebration

$800                Gunbower & District Development Group Inc, Black Swan Kayak event – open air cinema evening

$1,000             Embrace Church Inc, Tongala carols by candlelight

$1,000             Stanhope & District Development Committee Inc, Stanhope community carols gala night

$800                Girgarre Community Group Inc, Girgarre quilt in

$800                Rochester & District Amateur Swimming Club Inc, encouragement swim meet

$800                Kyvalley Swimming Club Inc, summer & autumn entertainment

$2,300             Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation, revving the river festival

$3,000             Kyabram Vintage Engine & Machinery Restoration Group Inc, Kyabram vintage engine & machinery rally in conjunction with the Australian White truck muster

$1,500             Kyabram Community & Learning Centre Inc, colour Kyabram 2019

$1,500             Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club Inc, Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club Easter tournament 2019

$2,250             Committee 4 Rochester Inc, Rochester mural festival

$3,000             Rochester A & P Association Inc, Rochester agricultural show

$3,000             Echuca Moama New Year’s Eve Committee (Echuca Neighbourhood House Inc), 2018 Echuca Moama New Year’s Eve celebration

$3,000             Girgarre Development Group Inc, ‘Jigarre Jamming’

$5,000             Kyabram Agricultural Horticultural & Pastoral Society Inc, Kyabram rodeo

$5,000             Echuca Moama Weddings Expo Inc, 2019 Echuca Moama wedding expo

$5,000             Rushworth Easter Heritage Festival Inc, 2019 Rushworth Easter heritage festival

$5,000             The Country Women’s Association of Victoria Inc, CWA state creative arts exhibition

$3,750             Echuca Moama Triathlon Club Inc, EMTC multisport weekend

$3,750             Lions Club of Kyabram Inc, weekend of legends of the mountain

The next Community Grants program will open in March 2019.

Council encourages applications from groups that support health and welfare, community support, arts and culture, sports and recreation, youth, ageing, environment and access and equity.