Groups share $76k

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

INDIGO Shire Coun­cil will hand out $76,000 to lo­cal groups and event and fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers as part of its an­nual com­mu­nity grants.

Coun­cil last week an­nounced the 41 suc­cess­ful re­cip­i­ents from across the shire that will ben­e­fit from grants rang­ing from $200 to $3000 for projects and events.

The grants in­clude $50,000 as part of coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity Grants Pro­gram and $26,000 through their Fes­ti­val and Events Grants Pro­gram.

Coun­cilor Sophie Price said it was pleas­ing to see an in­creased take up of arts and cul­ture grants (5) and three youth ini­tia­tives funded.

Indigo Shire mayor Cr Jenny O’Con­nor said the grants pro­gram sup­ports the fan­tas­tic work of a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions across the shire.

“Some ex­am­ples of suc­cess­ful com­mu­nity projects in­clude train­ing for ju­nior fire bri­gade mem­bers in Chiltern, fa­cil­ity and equip­ment up­grades for a va­ri­ety of sport­ing clubs, sup­port for sus­tain­abil­ity ini­tia­tives like Boomerang Bags and oth­ers,” Cr O’Con­nor said.

“Our fes­ti­val and events pro­gram pro­vides sup­port for in­no­va­tion and growth for ex­ist­ing events and en­cour­ag­ing and sup­port­ing new fes­ti­vals and events in the Shire.

Events re­ceiv­ing fund­ing this year span mu­sic, arts, food and wine, moun­tain biking and more.”

Fes­ti­vals and events are key tourism driv­ers in Indigo Shire, with con­ser­va­tive eco­nomic mod­el­ling in­di­cat­ing they con­trib­ute turnover of ap­prox­i­mately $17 mil­lion to the lo­cal econ­omy each year.

In ad­di­tion to grant fund­ing, coun­cil also pro­vides lo­gis­tics sup­port with road man­age­ment and waste col­lec­tion and other sup­port.

“We wish all our grant re­cip­i­ents ev­ery suc­cess and we look for­ward to see­ing the projects come to fruition,” Cr O’Con­nor said.

PHOTO: Co­ral Cook­sley

GRANT WIN: Mur­ray Art Mu­seum Al­bury (MAMA) cu­ra­tor Michael Mo­ran with Sandy Thorn-Cole (mid­dle) and ex­hi­bi­tion or­gan­iser Kir­rily An­der­son at the Chiltern Art Prize ear­lier this year.

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