Council backs community groups
BASS Coast Shire Council distributed its third round of community grants at a presentation event last Tuesday evening, February 2.
Council combined its grant awards alongside the AusNet Energising Your Community grant presentations to distribute more than $20,000 to community groups within the shire.
Between the two programs, community groups shared in $44,350 across 38 grants.
“Council is focused on building relations and strengthening partnerships with organisations and to promote Ausnet’s grants and combine celebrations with the recipients made a lot of sense,” mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale said.
“Both council and AusNet are in the service provision business and the awarded funds span a fabulous spectrum of projects and activities right across the shire, all administered by equally fabulous and dedicated volunteers.”
Projects to improve the facilities of local community halls were well represented across both programs with Archies Creek Hall and Rhyll Hall both awarded grants.
Funding also helped a number of community organisations including Inverloch Surf Lifesavers, the Country Fire Authority and a number of sporting groups including Wonthaggi Bowling Club and Inverloch Stars Soccer Club.
The Corinella Floral Art Show was the first AusNet recipient who received funding for new display cabinets.
The Phillip Island Patchworkers association Incorporated received funding for materials and fabric to sew comfort quilts for disadvantaged people.
Phillip Island Artists Society also received funding for display cabinets which will be used for upcoming exhibitions.
Cr Neil Rankine awarded Groundswell Bass Coast a grant for its upcoming climate change forum. The group plans to use its funds to further educate and inform the community about the dangers of Climate Change in the 2016: Beyond Paris forum.
Wonthaggi Bowls Club will use its funding for indoor carpet bowls while the Wonthaggi Kindergartens Incorporated will buy new play equipment with the grant it obtained.
Wonthaggi Surf Live Saving Club received funding for a new projector which will be used for training new volunteer lifesavers.
Bass Valley Community Group received funding for a new lawnmower while Corinella Bowling Club obtained a grant for maintaining the green.
Corinella and Inverloch CFA brigades received funding for office equipment and new training tools respectively while the Grantville Cemetery Trust will continue to maintain the grounds with its funding.
The Wildlife Rescue and Carer Shelter in Phillip Island has had its budgetary strain lifted after it received a community grant fund alongside Phillip Island Bowling Club, who will use its grant to purchase a new wireless microphone.
History will continue to be preserved on Phillip Island as both the Genealogical Society and District Historical Society received community grants.
Inverloch Bowls Club will manage to build new water drinking fountains after it received funding alongside Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club which obtained funds for its Nippers program.
Phillip Island National Surf Reserve received funding to preserve history through its archives and the Bass Coast Board Riders will now be able to afford new equipment after Bass Coast Shire Council gave it a grant.
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