Ef­forts praised

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Indi Cathy McGowan has con­grat­u­lated Be­nalla coun­cil and the com­mu­nity for their ef­forts in se­cur­ing an $18 125 Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Pro­gram grant.

The money will be used to en­hance the Be­nalla Lake precinct, in­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion of sig­nage, im­prov­ing the walk­ing track and shared path­ways, and in­stalling bol­lards and ac­ces­si­ble seat­ing.

A water drink­ing foun­tain will also be in­stalled at Be­nalla’s Ad­ven­ture Park.

The pro­ject aims to in­crease con­nect­ed­ness, build and strengthen par­tic­i­pa­tion while build­ing an ac­tive, in­clu­sive, ac­ces­si­ble, vi­brant and vi­able com­mu­nity.

Ms McGowan said se­cur­ing the grant came from an ef­fec­tive part­ner­ship be­tween the com­mu­nity, lo­cal coun­cil and the Indi elec­torate of­fice.

‘‘This pro­ject in­cludes a number of fea­tures that will en­hance lo­cal res­i­dents’ ca­pac­ity to par­tic­i­pate in com­mu­nity life,’’ Ms McGowan said.

‘‘It will also sup­port tourism, helping the lo­cal econ­omy.

‘‘There were a number of lo­cal com­mu­nity groups in­volved in de­vel­op­ing this pro­ject and helping to se­cure funds.

‘‘Thanks to the Be­nalla Lions Club, Be­nalla Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Ref­er­ence Group, Be­nalla Craft Mar­ket Com­mit­tee, Be­nalla NAIDOC Com­mit­tee and the Be­nalla River­ine Park­land Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for their ef­forts.’’

A to­tal of $150 000 in fund­ing has been al­lo­cated to Indi un­der round three of the pro­gram. For more of Rene’s photography, visit www.be­nal­laen­sign.com.au or www.rens­mart­pho­tog­ra­phy.com

In Rene’s Re­gion this week we thought we would mix it up a bit and in­stead of a se­ries of pho­to­graphs we would pub­lish just one fea­ture photo. We de­cided on this par­tic­u­lar shot as it is a great il­lus­tra­tion of north-east Vic­to­ria at this time of year. Rene snapped this one out at Win­ton Wet­lands.

Cathy McGowan

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