Volunteers smile as council gives $146,000 at Christmas

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Volunteers smile as council gives $146,000 at Christmas

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Jeanette Harding could barely contain her enthusiasm.

“This is one of the loveliest parts of being a councillor: handing money out to our volunteers,” she said at council’s community grants presentation night last Wednesday.

Held at the council chambers in Leongatha, the occasion saw council give $146,000 to 28 organisations during round one of the grants program.

Council has allocated $300,000 to the program this financial year, with grants ranging from $1000 to $10,000

“This is one time we feel we can give you something for all the wonderful work that you have done,” Cr Harding said.

Grant recipients were:

  • Leongatha Horticultural Society, $3000, towards Leongatha Daffodil and Floral Show, and Australian Daffodil Championship and South Gippsland Spring Floral Festival;
  • Dumbalk Recreation Reserve Committee of Management, $8580, to develop Dumbalk Recreation Reserve Master Plan;
  • Leongatha Cricket Clubs Turf Committee, $10,000, to undertake a major surface upgrade to the Leongatha Recreation Reserve Main Oval;
  • Leongatha Knights Football Club, $1000, to buy equipment and update entrance to facilities;
  • Leongatha Town Cricket Club, $3000, to buy a fairway mower;
  • Leongatha Football Netball Club, $10,000, to upgrade club kitchen;
  • Leongatha Table Tennis Club, $10,000, to replace exterior wall cladding and flashing at the clubrooms;
  • Woorayl Golf Club, $3500, to install solar power at the clubhouse;
  • Mirboo North Kindergarten, $4000, to install a solar system;
  • Mirboo Recreation Reserve Committee, $1800, to erect an equipment shed;
  • Mirboo North Pool Planning Committee, $8000, to conduct a study of the feasibility of a tourism/recreational hub based around the pool;
  • Stockyard Gallery at Foster, $2000, towards Life Aquatic art exhibition in February;
  • Foster and District Historical Society, $3000, towards a book to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Foster museum and the lives of locals;
  • Foster Station Park Advisory Committee, $10,000, towards establishing the Great Southern Sculpture Garden of public art at the Foster Station Park;
  • Toora Pool Special Section 86 Committee, $4000, to replace an inflatable item for the pool;
  • Prom Coast Arts Council, $2000, towards The Great Southern Portrait Prize;
  • Tarwin Football Netball Club, $9000, to install solar panels on the main pavilion at the Tarwin Lower Recreation Reserve;
  • Tarwin Valley Development Group, $1900, towards Heroes of Tarwin photo-story competition;
  • Prom Coast Sea Change Festival Committee, $2000, towards 2015 festival;
  • Koonwarra Recreation Committee, $6435, towards Koonwarra Recreation Reserve Master Plan development;
  • Arty Gras Committee, $2000, towards 2015 Mirboo North Arty Gras Festival;
  • West Gippsland Zone of Pony Club, $1500, for Young Ambassador Program;
  • Loch Reserve Committee, $10,000, to extend front building at Loch Reserve;
  • Nyora Recreation Reserve, $10,000, to connect the reserve facilities to the new sewerage scheme;
  • Poowong-Loch Cricket Club, $2750 to upgrade practice wickets;
  • Korumburra Cricket Club, $10,000, to buy a new turf roller and mower;
  • Korumburra and District Agricultural and Pastoral Society, $2000, to celebrate 120th Korumburra Show on February 14, 2015; and
  • Outtrim-Moyarra-Kongwak Cricket Club, $5000, to buy a new ground mower for Outtrim Recreation Reserve.

Applications for funding for round two of the program close on March 31, 2015.

Floral centerpiece: Leongatha Horticultural Society members, from left, Judy Jackson, Joan Michael and Lillian Brittain with Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks.

Floral centerpiece: Leongatha Horticultural Society members, from left, Judy Jackson, Joan Michael and Lillian Brittain with Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks.

Planning ahead: Dumbalk Recreation Reserve Committee of Management’s Steve and Julie Riley with Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks.

Planning ahead: Dumbalk Recreation Reserve Committee of Management’s Steve and Julie Riley with Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks.

Sporting chance: Leongatha Cricket Clubs Turf Committee’s Gary Sauvarin (left) with Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks.

Sporting chance: Leongatha Cricket Clubs Turf Committee’s Gary Sauvarin (left) with Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks.

Big kick: Leongatha Knights Football Club’s Glenn Bainbridge (left) with Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks.

Big kick: Leongatha Knights Football Club’s Glenn Bainbridge (left) with Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks.

Batting straight: Leongatha Town Cricket Club’s John Schelling (left) and Cr Jim Fawcett.

Batting straight: Leongatha Town Cricket Club’s John Schelling (left) and Cr Jim Fawcett.

 Solid mark: Leongatha Football Netball Club’s Brett Nagel (left) and Cr Jim Fawcett.

Solid mark: Leongatha Football Netball Club’s Brett Nagel (left) and Cr Jim Fawcett.

Swift return: from left, Leongatha Table Tennis Club’s Aileen Haw, Kevin Dowling and Tammy Holwerda with Cr Jim Fawcett.

Swift return: from left, Leongatha Table Tennis Club’s Aileen Haw, Kevin Dowling and Tammy Holwerda with Cr Jim Fawcett.

Teeing off: Woorayl Golf Club’s Graeme Winkler (left) and Don Perrett (right) with Cr Jim Fawcett.

Teeing off: Woorayl Golf Club’s Graeme Winkler (left) and Don Perrett (right) with Cr Jim Fawcett.

Many hats: Thomasin Bales represented the Mirboo North Kindergarten and Mirboo Recreation Reserve Committee. She is with Cr Don Hill.

Many hats: Thomasin Bales represented the Mirboo North Kindergarten and Mirboo Recreation Reserve Committee. She is with Cr Don Hill.

Making splash: Mirboo North Pool Planning Committee’s Fred Couper (left) with Cr Don Hill.

Making splash: Mirboo North Pool Planning Committee’s Fred Couper (left) with Cr Don Hill.

Artistic effort: Stockyard Gallery’s Craig Smith and Sue Gilford with Cr Mohya Davies.

Artistic effort: Stockyard Gallery’s Craig Smith and Sue Gilford with Cr Mohya Davies.

Preserving past: from left, Foster and District Historical Society’s Jennifer Jones, Howard Plowright, Meg Rogers and Liz Rushen with Cr Mohya Davies.

Preserving past: from left, Foster and District Historical Society’s Jennifer Jones, Howard Plowright, Meg Rogers and Liz Rushen with Cr Mohya Davies.

Grand vision: Foster Station Park Advisory Committee’s Larry Giddy and Rebecca Matthews (centre) with Cr Mohya Davies.

Grand vision: Foster Station Park Advisory Committee’s Larry Giddy and Rebecca Matthews (centre) with Cr Mohya Davies.

Fun time: from left, Jenny Fenwick of the Toora Pool Special Section 86 Committee with mayor Cr Jeanette Harding.

Fun time: from left, Jenny Fenwick of the Toora Pool Special Section 86 Committee with mayor Cr Jeanette Harding.

Creative group: Prom Coast Arts Council’s Yianni (left) and Anda Banikos with mayor Cr Jeanette Harding.

Creative group: Prom Coast Arts Council’s Yianni (left) and Anda Banikos with mayor Cr Jeanette Harding.

Nice one: from left, Tarwin Football Netball Club’s Doug Grigg, Wendy Don and Doug Don with Cr Kieran Kennedy.

Nice one: from left, Tarwin Football Netball Club’s Doug Grigg, Wendy Don and Doug Don with Cr Kieran Kennedy.

Creative plan: Tarwin Valley Development Group’s Jeremy Rich (left) and Meg Edwards with Cr Kieran Kennedy.

Creative plan: Tarwin Valley Development Group’s Jeremy Rich (left) and Meg Edwards with Cr Kieran Kennedy.

Tradition continues: Prom Coast Sea Change Festival Committee’s Deb Bray with Cr Kieran Kennedy.

Tradition continues: Prom Coast Sea Change Festival Committee’s Deb Bray with Cr Kieran Kennedy.

Activity focus: Koonwarra Recreation Reserve’s Jolyon Dutton (left) and Dane Hawley with Cr Andrew McEwen.

Activity focus: Koonwarra Recreation Reserve’s Jolyon Dutton (left) and Dane Hawley with Cr Andrew McEwen.

Ridge celebration: Geraldine Bate of the Mirboo North Arty Gras Committee with Cr Andrew McEwen.

Ridge celebration: Geraldine Bate of the Mirboo North Arty Gras Committee with Cr Andrew McEwen.

Community hub: Loch Reserve Committee’s Ray Humphreys (left) and Keith Tonkin with Cr Lorraine Brunt.

Community hub: Loch Reserve Committee’s Ray Humphreys (left) and Keith Tonkin with Cr Lorraine Brunt.

Sewerage link: Nyora Recreation Reserve Committee’s Brett Hume (left) and Daryl Smith with Cr Lorraine Brunt.

Sewerage link: Nyora Recreation Reserve Committee’s Brett Hume (left) and Daryl Smith with Cr Lorraine Brunt.

Got him!: Poowong-Loch Cricket Club’s Paula Springer (left) and Alex Dixon with Cr Lorraine Brunt.

Got him!: Poowong-Loch Cricket Club’s Paula Springer (left) and Alex Dixon with Cr Lorraine Brunt.

Bowling ’Burra: Korumburra Cricket Club’s Allan Summerfield (left) and Jason Richards with Cr Bob Newton (centre).

Bowling ’Burra: Korumburra Cricket Club’s Allan Summerfield (left) and Jason Richards with Cr Bob Newton (centre).

Major event: Korumburra and District Agricultural and Pastoral Society’s Syd Whyte (left) with Cr Bob Newton.

Major event: Korumburra and District Agricultural and Pastoral Society’s Syd Whyte (left) with Cr Bob Newton.

On track: Outtrim-Moyarra-Kongwak Cricket Club’s Daniel Lloyd (left) and James Paterson (right) with Cr Bob Newton.

On track: Outtrim-Moyarra-Kongwak Cricket Club’s Daniel Lloyd (left) and James Paterson (right) with Cr Bob Newton.

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