Your vote could update candy bar
THE Mansfield Armchair Cinema is asking local residents to get behind their application to revamp their Candy Bar, with the winner dependent on the most votes received.
Bizarrely, the funds are available through an application process from Whites, which is a fencing company but who have also started a Community Grants program.
Whites Rural Community Grants are designed to make a difference to kids in regional, rural and remote areas, and were first opened last year.
This year, 10 grants of up to $4000 will be awarded – nine applicants are chosen by a judging panel, with the tenth applicant chosen by public vote.
“We are asking for $3400 to completely re-vamp our Candy Bar, which was done on a strict budget at the beginning,” MAC manager, Karen Oliver, said.
“If successful, the funds will be used to purchase new cupboards and an L-shaped Candy Bar.”
Part of the selection process is for applicants to demonstrate how they are assisting the youth in each community.
The Mansfield Armchair Cinema certainly fulfils that requirement, with a long history of youth employment.
“We employ students from the Mansfield Secondary College, who are with us for two years and at the end they have completed Certificate III in Media through TAFE,” Ms Oliver said.
“More than that, in the two years with us they grow from shy, insecure teenagers into confident mature adults.
“Our Candy Bar is t he working and learning space for our students - upgrading i t means a s a f e r working environment with more room and efficient working space - not only will t hey s erve customers here, but i t will become a study area for their TAFE theory work.”
Although t here i s every chance the MAC will win a grant on its own merit, the team are keen to hedge their bets and are encouraging everyone to vote for them as well.
To cast your Whites Rural Community Grant vote, go to http://wrcommunity.com.au/.