Picked from the pack
THREE Indigo Shire initiatives will share in almost half a million dollars through the State Government’s Pick My Project funding.
The Yackandandah Care Sanctuary, Restoration of Rutherglen Scout Hall and Yackandandah Creek Recreational Trail were among eight successful project ideas announced for the Ovens and Murray region.
Through the Victorian-first community grants initiative there was a minimum of $1 million up for grabs within each of the six metro and nine regional partnership areas in the state.
The Yackandandah Care Sanctuary and Restoration of Rutherglen Scout Hall projects were both granted $200,000 while the Yackandandah Creek Recreational Trail project will receive funding of $94,500.
It’s hoped the construction of a 1.7 kilometre multi-use trail from the Yackandandah Gorge to Bells Flat will be the first stage of a 6km circuit to create an off-road loop to the township.
The trail will include directional signage and interpretive signs about flora/fauna and history, picnic and observation areas and opportunities to continue wildlife monitoring.
The track extension will also create a link to the Yackandandah Mountain Bike Track Network, providing a safer access point than the current road.
Funding for the Rutherglen Scout Hall will go towards paying for significant structural works so that the building can continue to serve future generations.
The hall on High Street has been home to the 1st Rutherglen Scout Group since 1910 and is currently used by 60 children and 6-8 volunteer leaders every week for the teaching of life skills, leadership, responsibility and service.
Much needed upgrades will also keep the venue available to other community groups to come together to meet, create or learn.
Yackandandah Health is aiming to enhance community wellbeing with the addition of a care sanctuary at its residential aged care facility in the town.
They plan to establish a therapeutic space including a barn and paddock, have animals and a productive garden for senior residents, many who have farming backgrounds, to promote activity and outdoor engagement.
It will also be open to the whole community and will be utilised by children and staff at the new childcare centre set to open at Yackandandah Health.
Yackandandah Health chief executive officer Annette Nuck praised the Victorian Government for the Pick My Project initiative and said her organisation would look to get started on the sanctuary soon.
“Because we’re a community owned organisation and don’t get opportunities to get funding and grants with most closed to public sector this was a really fantastic thing,” she said.
“Initially we wondered how it (Pick My Project voting) would work but thought we’d have a go because we believed we had a really great idea.
“It appears that people thought so too and instead of this being something we do a few years down the track it’s going to happen a lot quicker now.”
Residents aged 16 and over were encouraged to have their say by voting for their favourite project ideas in their community with those receiving the most votes successful in securing between $20,000 and $200,000.
Indigo Shire (3) along with the Alpine (3) and Towong (2) shires were the only local government areas in the Ovens and Murray region to have projects funded.
Across the state there are 237 projects that will share in $30 million.
IN NEED OF REPAIRS: The Rutherglen Scout Hall will get much needed upgrades thanks to funding through a Victorian-first community grants initiative.