Fields cash is flow­ing

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The Straw­berry Fields Fes­ti­val is set to do­nate $25,000 to eight lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions as part of its an­nual com­mu­nity grants scheme.

By set­ting aside a por­tion of ev­ery ticket sale to the fes­ti­val and fundrais­ing through ac­tiv­i­ties on site — such as the Wild­lands Com­mu­nity BBQ — the grant pool will help fund lo­cal projects.

The money will ben­e­fit Tocumwal Pub­lic School, Tocumwal Cham­ber of Com­merce, Fin­ley’s Bi­ralee Preschool, Tocumwal Op­ti­mists, St Joseph’s Pri­mary School Fin­ley, Ber­ri­gan Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion, Tocumwal Fore­shore Com­mit­tee and Tocumwal Preschool.

Held in Tocumwal each year since 2011, the Straw­berry Fields Fes­ti­val started its grants scheme in 2015. Its aim was to support lo­cal ini­tia­tives which en­hance com­mu­nity eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and im­prove the qual­ity of ev­ery­day life in the South­ern Rive­rina.

Bi­ralee Preschool di­rec­tor Jess Wil­liams said the $4000 it re­ceived would go to­wards run­ning sev­eral com­mu­nity based work­shops on sus­tain­able liv­ing, as well as the con­struc­tion of a ‘bush tucker’ gar­den.

‘‘We’ve al­ready used some of the money to cre­ate re­cy­cled in­stal­la­tions in the play­ground of the preschool, with two big ro­bots made out of re­cy­cled car parts,” Ms Wil­liams said.

‘‘Ad­di­tion­ally, we’re us­ing the funds for our Bi­ralee Preschool and OOSH Sus­tain­abil­ity Work­shops and Open Day which is be­ing held on Novem­ber 25.

‘‘For this we’re hav­ing Ross Ab­ber­field from Moira Shire to talk about fruit flies, Rose Til­ley to talk about plant prop­a­ga­tion and a mem­ber of our In­dige­nous com­mu­nity will fa­cil­i­tate a bush tucker gar­den.

‘‘We’re happy to con­tinue sup­port­ing Straw­berry Fields Fes­ti­val as ob­vi­ously it gives back to our com­mu­nity year after year.

‘‘For us, we’re able to con­tinue show­case sus­tain­abil­ity work­shops as part of our preschool pro­gram and let the wider com­mu­nity come in and look at our ser­vices.’’

Sus­tain­abil­ity is also the fo­cus at Tocumwal Preschool which will use funds to es­tab­lish a per­ma­cul­ture gar­den at the school, while St Joseph’s Fin­ley is plan­ning to bring to­gether com­mu­nity ser­vice clubs and vol­un­teers for a special lun­cheon.

The grant funds will al­low Tocumwal Pub­lic School to con­tinue to run a pro­gram de­liv­ered by the Blue Earth Foun­da­tion, to main­tain stu- dent well-be­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

The Tocumwal Fore­shore Com­mit­tee’s al­lo­ca­tion will help re­place a sec­tion of fenc­ing dam­aged by last year’s floods, while Tocumwal Cham­ber of Com­merce will pro­mote the var­i­ous events and ac­tiv­i­ties that oc­cur in the re­gion by in­stalling flag­poles and flag hold­ers at the town en­trances.

Other projects will see the Tocumwal Op­ti­mists pro­vide funds for dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies to pur­chase sea­son tick­ets to the Tocumwal pool and Ber­ri­gan Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion re­place chairs at its fa­cil­ity which have been used since 1964.

This year’s an­nual Straw­berry Fields Fes­ti­val is be­ing held in Tocumwal from Novem­ber 16-19. through

Bi­ralee Preschool stu­dents Thomas Cole, Monique Keel, Mem­phis Saun­ders, Amity Ew­ert, Danielea Canas and Char­lie Gray in front of their new re­cy­cled robot in­stal­la­tion, funded from the 2017 Straw­berry Fields Fes­ti­val Com­mu­nity Grants Scheme.

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