Com­mu­nity wind­fall

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT -

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.

Chris Bilkey.

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