Pick a project
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.