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Does War­ragul need a com­mu­nity bas­ket­ball court? Would you like to see Yar­ragon’s Water­loo Park fenced? Does a walk­ing track ex­ten­sion at Wil­low Grove’s Blue Rock Lake sound de­serv­ing of funds?

Project ideas have been sub­mit­ted and now is the time for West Gipp­s­lan­ders to vote on their favourites. Public votes will dic­tate which projects be­come re­al­ity.

With a guar­an­teed min­i­mum of $1 mil­lion on of­fer for Gipp­s­land projects, a huge range of ideas have been put for­ward. This in­cludes 15 projects in War­ragul alone.

Lead­ing the charge are pri­mary schools, with War­ragul North Pri­mary School putting for­ward a $60,000 sub­mis­sion to re­ju­ve­nate a 50-year-old play space and a $40,000 sub­mis­sion for play­ground resur­fac­ing.

War­ragul Pri­mary School is also af­ter $75,857 to up­grade its ju­nior cam­pus play­ground.

Con­tin­u­ing along the play­ground path, Yar­ragon and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion is ask­ing for $40,000 to fence Water­loo Park to im­prove safety.

On a sport­ing front, Hal­lora Ju­nior Football Club seeks a $22,000 grant for chang­e­room up­grades, War­ragul Cycling Club $147,500 to build a cycling cross track near its clu­b­rooms, and Baw Baw Shire re­quires $30,000 to build an out­door com­mu­nity bas­ket­ball half-court in Burke St Park.

Also at Burke St Park, War­ragul Com­mu­nity House ap­plied for $99,300 to build a com­mu­nity labyrinth on the War­ragul Lin­ear Arts Trail.

Baw Baw Com­bined Churches Food Re­lief re­quired $48,500 to build a mez­za­nine floor to cre­ate ex­tra rooms whilst Vi­sion Aus­tralia Gipp­s­land in War­ragul is ask­ing for $156,000 to build pro­fes­sional im­pair­ment mo­bil­ity skills across Gipp­s­land.

To help at risk youth, Black­wood Youth Foun­da­tion in Hal­lora is seek­ing $82,000 for a phoenix public art sculp­ture project and Com­mu­nity Col­lege Gipp­s­land in War­ragul hopes to gain $40,000 for al­paca re­con­nect ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mt Baw Baw Alpine Re­sort has put for­ward two projects $85,000 to mod­ify an ex­ist­ing carpark for sum­mer tennis court and $165,000 to con­struct an ad­ven­ture play­ground and skate park.

At Neerim South, the Grad­u­ate Union of the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne In­cor­po­rated is seek­ing $200,000 to en­able Men’s Shed ed­u­ca­tion for sus­tain­able hemp farm­ing and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment.

In Drouin, Western­port Catch­ment Landcare Net­work seeks $32,580 to run a mas­ter tree grower pro­gram for Gipp­s­land farm­ers.

The Landcare net­work is also seek­ing $25,465 to set up an Or­ganic Farm­ers Sup­port Net­work.

At Wil­low Grove, Tan­jil Val­ley Landcare Group needs $38,500 for a one-kilo­me­tre ex­ten­sion of a walk track along Blue Rock Lake.

The War­ragul Farm­ers’ Mar­ket is seek­ing $30,000 to build a com­mu­nity wood fired oven.

United Mus­lim Sis­ters of Latrobe Val­ley have put two projects for­ward to be held at Al­lam­bee Re­serve. The group ap­plied for $58,400 to run a 10-month pro­gram to em­power girls and $34,440 to run a three-part pro­gram to em­power young peo­ple.

Bar­rier Break­ers is ap­ply­ing for $143,750 for a 12-month coun­selling and ad­vo­cacy project for peo­ple at risk of of­fend­ing in the War­ragul re­gion.

Par­ent­ing Guides is hop­ing for $20,590 to hold sui­cide pre­sen­ta­tions in War­ragul.

YMCA Bal­larat is seek­ing $20,000 for a project to coun­ter­act preschooler gen­der stereo­typ­i­cal per­spec­tives.

To view lo­cal projects, visit pick­mypro­ject.vic.gov.au/rounds/pick-my-project/ideas.

Vot­ing closes on Mon­day, Septem­ber 17 at 5pm.

Com­mu­nity mem­ber Paula Fowler has part­nered with Baw Baw Shire to seek $30,000 fund­ing for a com­mu­nity out­door half court bas­ket­ball court in the Burke St park re­serve.Paula, who is a Vic­to­ria Po­lice youth spe­cial­ist of­fi­cer, said there had been on­go­ing is­sues with youth caus­ing trou­ble in the War­ragul cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict be­cause they had few places to “hang out.” “Es­tab­lish­ing a new bas­ket­ball court close to the se­condary school will pro­vide a place where the youth in the com­mu­nity can meet and en­gage with each other,” she said.Right: Lead­ing se­nior con­sta­ble Paula Fowler at Burke St park where she hopes a com­mu­nity bas­ket­ball court can be built.

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