Fun week for Alpine kids

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY TATE SPI­TERI

MORE than $127,000 in grants and phil­an­thropic sup­port is set to be an­nounced at the Into Our Hands Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion’s AGM in Beechworth on Novem­ber 14.

The re­silience char­ity will pro­vide fund­ing for 10 dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity projects, six of which are in the Alpine Shire.

Full de­tails of each suc­cess­ful grant ap­pli­ca­tion will be dis­cussed at the AGM but it can be re­vealed that the Myrtle­ford Cham­ber of Com­merce Pi­azza Hall will re- ceive a kitchen up­grade, and the Ded­erang Recre­ation Re­serve will see im­prove­ments to its LED lighting.

Other win­ners in the Alpine Shire in­clude the Happy Val­ley Hall for a new per­ma­nent bar­beque and Har­ri­etville Com­mu­nity Fo­rum’s Tracks and Trails project.

Into Our Hands’ Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Sarah Thompson, said that each project was an ex­am­ple of lo­cal com­mu­nity groups hav­ing as­pi­ra­tions and big pic­ture ideas.

“The Foun­da­tion is keen to sup­port ini­tia­tives that have com­mu­nity mo­men­tum be- hind them whilst achiev­ing pos­i­tive last­ing im­pact,” she added.

The fund­ing sup­port to the Par­ish Hall in the Pi­azza Square is seen as a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade to the Myrtle­ford town cen­tre.

The project will be de­liv­ered in col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Myrtle­ford Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Angli­can com­mu­nity, pend­ing de­vel­op­ment of a for­mal MoU be­tween the or­gan­i­sa­tions.

In Ded­erang, the fund­ing sup­port of the Recre­ation Re­serve to see an up­grade to LED lighting across the fa- cil­ity will re­duce power and main­te­nance costs for the re­serve long term whilst also mak­ing the area more en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able.

The Recre­ation Re­serve’s Grants Of­fi­cer, Cindy Ryder, said the im­prove­ments were much needed.

“Most im­por­tantly these im­prove­ments will help in over­com­ing the on­go­ing loading prob­lems that cause pe­ri­odic trip­ping of the in­com­ing power sup­plies,” she ex­plained

“Mak­ing the sys­tem more eco­nom­i­cal will help en­sure the best pos­si­ble re­li­a­bil­ity is main­tained par­tic­u­larly when the re­serve needs to op­er­ate as a com­mu­nity safe place in the event of a bush­fire again threat­en­ing our town.”

Fur­ther to the grant an­nounce­ments, The Into Our Hands Foun­da­tion is set to launch a new per­pet­ual char­i­ta­ble en­dow­ment for the North East re­gion.

New do­na­tion part­ner­ships to sup­port the foun­da­tions work into the fu­ture are also on the hori­zon.

“This is sig­nif­i­cant step for the Foun­da­tion be­cause it cre­ates a long term as­set that can be used to ben­e­fit the en­tire North East com­mu­nity and its peo­ple,” Ms Thompson added.

“The do­na­tion an­nounce­ment is also very ex­cit­ing as it will demon­strate how lo­cal busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als can sup­port the Foun­da­tion, pro­mote their busi­ness and be phil­an­thropic for lo­cal causes, all at the same time.

“We want to get the mes­sage out that hav­ing a lo­cal foun­da­tion such as Into Our Hands is a game changer for our com­mu­nity and its non-prof­its be­cause it al­lows us to hold and man­age char­i­ta­ble funds and do­na­tions for the re­gion.”

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