State grant a lit­tle late for Hy­dro project

Myrtleford Times - - News -

UP­PER Kiewa Val­ley Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion has been named a re­cip­i­ent of a $2000 Vic­to­rian gov­ern­ment lo­cal his­tory project grant for in­ter­pre­ta­tive sig­nage.

But the as­so­ci­a­tion will not take up the grant – it in­stead found the money for the newly-named Hy­dro Park signs in Mount Beauty from other donors be­cause of the time taken to process its ap­pli­ca­tion.

The as­so­ci­a­tion sought the funds for the sig­nage from the gov­ern­ment’s an­nual lo­cal his­tory grant pro­gram.

It lodged its ap­pli­ca­tion a year ago but be­came con­cerned about the pace at which the gov­ern­ment dealt with the re­quest.

It took its case to the val­ley’s Lady Lions, who gave $500, and to AGL, which gave another $500, and then to Mount Beauty and District Com­mu­nity Bank, which com­mit­ted $1000.

Mary Pike said the gov­ern­ment was then ad­vised that the as­so­ci­a­tion had found the sig­nage money else­where.

“I would have loved to tell (the grants pro­gram) that we could put the $2000 to another project but we will have to ap­ply again,” Ms Pike said.

Vic­to­rian Spe­cial Min­is­ter of State Gavin Jen­nings said last week that 53 com­mu­nity groups had shared grants to­talling $345,000.

Th­ese in­cluded $4450 to the King Val­ley Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion for a project called ‘The spirit of salts’, $8405 for Chiltern Athenaeum Trust’s ‘Trea­sures re­vealed, trea­sures pre­served’ col­lec­tion project and $9500 for a Be­nalla Mi­grant Camp dig­i­tal story-telling project.

Mr Jen­nings said the pro­pos­als which won fund­ing were “fan­tas­tic lo­cal his­tory projects”.

“This fund­ing will go a long way to bring­ing th­ese projects to life,” he said.

Pub­lic Record Of­fice di­rec­tor Jus­tine Hazel­wood said the projects were part of “a broad range of amaz­ing work be­ing done in our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to pre­serve and record Vic­to­ria’s his­tory”.

The next fund­ing round opens later this year.

Up­per Kiewa Val­ley Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion hopes to have its new com­mu­nity and busi­ness-funded park sig­nage in place shortly.

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