Foun­da­tion ex­tends hand

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

INTO Our Hands Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion – the pan-Indigo, Alpine and Wan­garatta lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas’ fund set up with $1 mil­lion from Black Satur­day Bush­fire Ap­peal gifts in 2009 – has re­ceived $18,000 grant to pro­mote com­mu­nity phi­lan­thropy.

Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi) yes­ter­day said she had been pleased to sup­port the foun­da­tion’s ap­pli­ca­tion to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund for a grant from the fund’s com­mu­ni­ties’ stream.

“Since its cre­ation after the Beech­worthMudge­gonga fires in 2009, the Into Our Hands Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion has pro­vided a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the sus­tain­abil­ity of the re­gion,” Ms McGowan said.

“This fund­ing will al­low it to ex­tend its com­mu­nity phi­lan­thropy be­yond Indigo and Alpine Shires to Wan­garatta.”

The foun­da­tion has done ex­ten­sive work with the Mur­mungee com­mu­nity since the fires.

Ms McGowan con­grat­u­lated the foun­da­tion for its work in de­vel­op­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing more of the won­der­ful out­comes that are achieved when com­mu­nity, gov­ern­ment and com­mu­nity foun­da­tions work to­gether,” she said.

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