Voting open for local projects
MORE than 20 local groups from across the Indigo Shire will be pushing their community projects over the next month as part of the Victorian-first, Pick My Project grants initiative.
From small ideas to big ideas, park ideas, art ideas, restoration ideas and innovation ideas, there are more than 300 project ideas from across Victoria which people can support through Pick My Project.
Residents aged 16 and over are encouraged to have their say by voting for their favourite project ideas in their local community.
Among the 25 projects in the Indigo Shire there are seven in Beechworth, four in both Yackandandah and Rutherglen and three in Chiltern.
Indigo Shire mayor Cr Jenny O’Connor said council had helped some groups with their applications and that it was great to see so many community organisations putting forward their projects.
“This is a fantastic initiative and I encourage everyone to go online and vote,” she said.
“Council officers have offered advice to applicants on various projects and provided the necessary land use approvals to projects that would occur on council land.
“We’ll also promote voting via social media.”
Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) earlier this week wished the many groups with Pick My Project proposals, the best of luck.
“I am overwhelmed by some of the fantastic ideas,” she said.
“Some projects have been around for some time but have never been eligible for a grant, whereas there are heaps of brand new ideas.”
Voters can visit the Pick My Project web- site (pickmyproject.vic.gov.au) to register and select their local community by searching for their town, or by dropping a pin on the map.
Voters can shortlist up to six project ideas before voting for their favourite three.
The State Government has provided $30 million funding which has been divided between six metropolitan and nine regional partnership areas including Alpine Shire, Benalla Rural City, Indigo Shire, Mansfield Shire, Towong Shire, Wangaratta Rural City and Wodonga City.
Project ideas with the most votes in each of the partnership areas will be invited to enter into a funding agreement for their project, with between $20,000 and $200,000 available from the State Government.
Voting is open until 5pm, Monday, September 17, 2018.