State grant a little late for Hydro project
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.