We miss out

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Be­nalla has missed out on fund­ing for any of the Pick My Project ideas put for­ward by lo­cal peo­ple.

State Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes re­cently an­nounced fund­ing for eight projects in north-east Vic­to­ria, but none that would ben­e­fit Be­nalla and dis­trict.

More than $1.3 mil­lion in fund­ing for projects in Mt Beauty, Bright, Yackan­dan­dah, Ruther­glen, Bul­lioh and Mitta Mitta was an­nounced.

‘‘I’m so pleased these eight projects will get the fund­ing and sup­port they need thanks to this grass roots ini­tia­tive,’’ Ms Symes said.

Through the $30 mil­lion Pick My Project ini­tia­tive, Vic­to­rian res­i­dents aged 16 and over were given the op­por­tu­nity to sub­mit their idea for a project or pro­gram that made their com­mu­nity a bet­ter place to live.

Lo­cals were then given the chance to vote for their favourite project.

More than 95 000 Vic­to­ri­ans cast votes, with suc­cess­ful projects re­ceiv­ing grants of be­tween $20 000 and $200 000.

More than 230 projects across Vic­to­ria re­ceived fund­ing through Pick My Project, with fund­ing di­vided equally be­tween Mel­bourne and re­gional Vic­to­ria based on the pop­u­la­tion of each of the six metropoli­tan and nine re­gional part­ner­ship ar­eas.

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