Vot­ing open for lo­cal projects

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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.

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