Com­mu­nity groups to share in $76,000

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

Indigo Shire Coun­cil has an­nounced the suc­cess­ful re­cip­i­ents of $76,000 in fund­ing for com­mu­nity, event and fes­ti­val grants.

Ruther­glen Agri­cul­ture So­ci­ety, Ruther­glen Boomerang Bags, Wah­gun­yah Se­nior Cit­i­zens Club, Ruther­glen Christ­mas Dec­o­ra­tion Project and the Wah­gun­yah Ten­nis Club are all part of the 41 or­gan­i­sa­tions that will re­ceive fund­ing for a range of projects and events across the shire.

The grants in­clude $50,000 as part of the Com­mu­nity Grants Pro­gram and $26,000 as part of the Fes­ti­val and Events Grants Pro­gram.

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; 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 demon­strat­ing the Shire’s fes­ti­vals con­trib­ute turnover of ap­prox­i­mately $17 mil­lion to Indigo Shire’s 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.

A list of suc­cess­ful lo­cal grant re­cip­i­ents is in­cluded be­low.

2018-2019 Com­mu­nity grants re­cip­i­ents Ruther­glen Agri­cul­ture So­ci­ety ($3,000) Ruther­glen Boomerang Bags ($2,000) Wah­gun­yah Se­nior Cit­i­zens Club ($400) Apex Club of Ruther­glen ($500) Ruther­glen Christ­mas Dec­o­ra­tion Project ($3,000)

Wah­gun­yah Ten­nis Club ($750)

2018-2019 Fes­ti­val and Events grants

A Week­end With … Ruther­glen ($2,000)

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