Projects funded

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - Monique Freer

More than $60 000 was awarded to com­mu­nity groups across Be­nalla and district last Thurs­day as part of the 2014 com­mu­nity grants pro­gram.

Be­nalla Ru­ral City com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment man­ager Jane Arch­bold said the pro­gram was an ex­cit­ing project for coun­cil, which re­sulted in 36 com­mu­nity groups ben­e­fit­ing from $61 623 of coun­cil fund­ing.

Coun­cil’s 2013-14 budget al­lo­cated only $60 443 to the Com­mu­nity Grants Pro­gram from its $77 443 Com­mu­nity Sup­port Pro­gram; the $1180 short­fall was funded from the Com­mu­nity Spon­sor­ship Pro­gram budget.

Forty-five com­mu­nity groups sought a to­tal of $97 541 in fund­ing, with to­tal pro­jected costs val­ued at $197 194.

Be­nalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil ap­proved the scheme this month, which drew praise from coun­cil­lors.

‘‘This is a re­ally great, di­verse group of clubs cov­er­ing both town and coun­try,’’ Coun­cil­lor Ellen Crocker said.

‘‘It’s fan­tas­tic we can give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity,’’ Coun­cil­lor Peter Davis said.

Groups re­ceiv­ing fund­ing in­cluded the Baddagin­nie Com­mu­nity Inc ($2500) for sup­port to run an in­de­pen­dent not-for-profit op­por­tu­nity shop in Baddagin­nie; Be­nalla All Blacks Foot­ball Net­ball Club ($2500) for the up­grade of hot wa­ter sup­ply to the change rooms; Be­nalla Ceme­tery Trust ($2500) for an un­der­cover area in the chil- dren’s sec­tion of the lawn ceme­tery; Be­nalla Scout Group ($1860) for the pur­chase of two au­to­matic ex­ter­nal train­ing de­fib­ril­la­tors and train­ing pads; Boweya Com­mu­nity ($2500) for kitchen up­grades to the com­mu­nity cen­tre; RDA Be­nalla ($2500) for re­pair work to the build­ing dam­aged by white ant in­fes­ta­tion; and Mag­pies Sports Club ($2332) to resur­face the cricket pitch.

Nine ap­pli­ca­tions were re­jected, and Ms Arch­bold said this was due to late ap­pli­ca­tions and pre­vi­ous fund­ing re­ceived.

Sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity: Be­nalla Ru­ral City handed out more than $60 000 of small grants to com­mu­nity groups last week. Pic­ture: Jan Os­moth­erly

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