$20,000 in AusNet grants helps to light up com­mu­nity projects around Alpine Shire

Alpine Observer - - News -

AUSNET Ser­vices has pro­vided 13 lo­cal com­mu­nity groups with a to­tal of $20,000 in grants as part of a pro­gram to sup­port projects de­liv­er­ing long-term ben­e­fits across the Alpine Shire.

The Vic­to­rian en­ergy provider’s En­er­gis­ing Your Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment gave com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions the chance to ap­ply for grants of up to $3,000.

AusNet Ser­vices re­gional cus­tomer and com­mu­nity man­ager Craig Velt, who pre­sented the groups with the grants in Myrtle­ford last week, said the re­sponse from groups had ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions.

“Our pro­gram aims to build last­ing re­la­tion­ships within the lo­cal area by em­pow­er­ing not­for-prof­its that share AusNet Ser­vices’ de­sire to con­tribute to the com­mu­nity,” Mr Velt said.

“We had a fan­tas­tic re­sponse to the pro­gram, which is a tes­ta­ment to the many lo­cal peo­ple in this area who ded­i­cate time to vol­un­teer in the com­mu­nity.”

Boomerang Bags Bright, Myrtle­ford Land­care and Sus­tain­abil­ity Group and the Up­per Val­ley Kiewa Li­ons Club were among those who se­cured funds through the grant pro­gram which was also sup­ported by Alpine Shire Coun­cil.

Alpine mayor Ron Janasm said the suc­cess­ful groups would now be able to de­liver projects with on­go­ing ben­e­fits across the Ovens and Kiewa val­leys.

“These grants will sup­port the groups that make the Alpine Shire such a unique, con­nected and at­trac­tive place to live,” he said.

Each year AusNet Ser­vices con­trib­utes up to $100,000 through its spon­sor­ship pro­gram.

Suc­cess­ful grant re­cip­i­ents: Alpine Cy­cling Club Boomerang Bags Bright Har­ri­etville Hall Com­mit­tee Kiewa Val­ley His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Mt Beauty Cricket Club Mt Beauty Men’s Shed Mudge­gonga Hall Myrtle­ford Land­care and Sus­tain­abil­ity Group Myrtle­ford Lawn Ten­nis Club Myrtle­ford Re­cre­ation Re­serve RC McNa­mara Re­serve Com­mit­tee Ta­wonga Bowls Club Up­per Val­ley Kiewa Li­ons Club

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