Community Projects and Events Share in Over $340k
Published on 29 July 2020
Moyne Shire residents and visitors are set to benefit from a range of projects and events following a decision at this week’s council meeting to allocate $343k across 50 successful applications.
Aimed at building stronger communities, Moyne Shire Council’s Community Grants Program provides funding for a range of projects, festivals, events, equipment, programs and activities.
Grants of up to $20,000 were available to community groups for facility upgrades or to purchase new equipment, and up to $5,000 for a broad range of community programs and initiatives. Up to $10,000 was available for eligible festivals and events.
Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade said the 2020/21 program aims to build stronger communities that benefit residents, local businesses and visitors.
“It’s terrific to be able to support such a wide range of projects, being delivered by passionate community members,” Cr Meade said.
“There are a number of sporting facility improvements right across the Shire, including new fencing at the Koroit Cricket Club, floor covering improvements at the Mortlake Bowls Club, a new irrigation system for Mortlake’s Cricket Club, an electronic scoreboard for Port Fairy’s Cricket Club and repainting the interior pavilion at the Caramut Recreation Reserve.
“Council are also funding improvement works at the Ballangeich School Hall and Cudgee Hall, a junior tennis coaching program in Peterborough, and new storage facilities for the Macarthur Recreation Reserve Committee.
“We’re excited to be able to support a total of 28 events and festivals, given the importance of local events to boost community spirit and eventually attract visitors back to the region once COVID-19 restrictions ease.
“Events include the Mortlake Music Festival, the Koroit Truck Show, the Tower Hill Challenge, the Port Fairy Adventure Film Festival, Sheep Dog trials in both Koroit and Port Fairy, and a week-long Celtic music and dance festival.”
Council’s Community Grants Program encourages community groups to seek other financial and in-kind contributions as part of their application process.
“Council’s financial support to the 28 events and festivals was $145,908, with their total value reaching $877,711,” Cr Meade said.
“That means for every council dollar provided, a further $6 in value has been raised and is being invested into the community.”