A total of $38,693 has been awarded to help support a wide range of community projects in the region.
The Murray River Council grants followed what Mayor Chris Bilkey described as ‘‘a great response to the grant program’’.
‘‘Council received 38 applications which highlights the amazing things going on in our towns,’’ Cr Bilkey said.
‘‘The funded projects are spread throughout the council area, represent the diverse needs of our residents and will greatly promote the well-being of communities.’’
The 38 applications represented a total funding request of $128,550, well above the $30,000 Council had allocated towards the Community Grants Program. The assessment panel recommended 14 projects be funded, at a total cost of $38,693.52.
Funding allocated follows:
Apex Club – Special School playground, $$3,000.
Caldwell Community Conservation – Festival of Small Halls, $1,365.
Barham/Koondrook Men's Shed Inc – Update machinery, $3,000.
BEAM. All Abilities, All Inclusive, Movement to Mu- is as sic – Zones of regulation, $2,981.
Echuca Moama Little Athletics Club – Equipment update, $3,000.
Mathoura Matters Incorporated – Technology update for Mathoura Matters Newsletter, $2,642.97.
Anglican Parish of Barham – YMOVE Youth Group, $3,000.
Moulamein Country Women's Association – Restore CWA building, $3,000.
Inland Outrigger Canoe Club – Refurbishment Force 5, 6 seat outrigger canoe, $3,000.
Community Living & Respite Services Inc – Moama Opening Doors Project promotional video, $3,000.
Mathoura Golf Club & Mathoura Gun Club – Secure Mathoura Golf and Gun Clubrooms, $2,264.55.
Mathoura Tennis Club Incorporated – Fence for rebound wall, $2,440.
Murray Human Services T/A We Are Vivid – What It Means To Me series, $3,000.
The Bridgekeepers Cottage Op Shop – Refurbishment of Bridgekeepers Cottage, $3,000.
Several community-based events were also identified through the process to be added to the list of annual event contributions, including Carols by Candlelight in Mathoura, Goodnight Christmas Tree Celebrations, Moulamein Australia Day Party and Anzac Day in Mathoura.
The Wakool Soldier Settlers Memorial Walk Stage 3 also received an allocation of $3,000 from consolidated revenue.
Given the high number of applications received from the community and the large financial request, Council has resolved to increase the allocation for the Community Grants Program to $60,000 and run two rounds each year (allocating $30,000 to each round) opening in March and September.