Rods, Spartans big winners in community grants
ALPINE Shire Council will allocate $265,810 for events and $66,116 to community organisations for projects which foster community development, resilience and social inclusion.
Council was last night expected to endorse its recommendations for its Event Funding and Community Grants programs at August’s monthly meeting in Bright.
Bright’s Iconic Rod Run received the largest event allocation with $51,500 while the Spartan Trifecta again received $40,000 as part of a three-year agreement with council.
Much of the Rod Run’s support is in the way of the provision of lighting and the erecting, dismantling and cleaning of council’s marquee - a cost of $17,500 which in previous years has been spread across multiple events.
The Myrtleford Festival secured $10,000, Brighter Days $15,000, Bright Autumn Festival $12,380 Alpine Cycling Club’s Tour of Bright $12,000 and La Fiera $10,500.
Three new events were also funded Bright Brewery’s 5 Zero cycling challenge with $2000, Get a Grip of the Grind leadership seminar $2000 and Bright Running Festival $1000.
All 47 applications received support through the Event Funding Program with a total of $187,430 given for sponsorship and $78,300 for logistics support which is provided by council.
Council has this year implemented changes in the traffic management support which will be provided due to the increasing challenges of effectively supporting a large portfolio of events.
“To assist in the transition to this new model for traffic management during events, additional financial support has been considered by the assessment panel when making sponsorship recommendations,” director assets Will Jeremy said.
In the community grants round, council received 37 applications and awarded funding to 23 groups.
Among the successful ap- plicants were Mount Beauty Men’s Shed with $5000 for an extension and Mount Beauty Car Club - $5000 for a grader. Alpine Community Plantation secured $8150 for Mystic Park crossing improvements and Bright Community Garden - $4000 for a glass house.
Several hall committees were successful with Porepunkah Public Hall and Porepunkah Public Reserve Committee of Management getting $7500 for a pump track, Mudgegonga Hall Committee - $6000 for external stairs and emergency exits and Happy Valley Hall - $4700 for a supporting volunteer and building community project.
“The recommendation to fund 23 projects to the value of $66,116 will ensure that all highly valued projects are funded for 2018-19,” Mr Jeremy said.
“The recommendations put forward by the assessment panel support community participation, contribute to the building of healthy and strong communities and represent a diversity of projects from across the Shire.”