The Weekly Advertiser Horsham

Money for sports clubs

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Wimmera sporting groups have shared in more than $30,000 in Energy Safe Victoria funding to make canteens safer.

Dimboola Sporting Club, $849, Taylors Lake Football Netball Club, $1000, and Warrack Eagles Football Netball Club, $696, are among 32 grassroots clubs to win grants of up to $1000.

The money is to replace old, unsafe and energy inefficien­t fridges, bain maries, stoves, pie warmers, steamers and fryers.

Energy Safe Victoria chair Marnie Williams said the Safer Canteens grants program promoted energy safety at a grassroots level, highlighti­ng risks such as: Electrocut­ions caused by non-electricia­ns trying to do their own electrical work; fires caused by poorly maintained barbecue gas bottles; and carbon monoxide poisoning caused by faulty openflued gas heaters.

“ESV’S priority has always been taking action to protect Victorians from safety risks. I am so proud to be able to do that and invest in communitie­s at the same time,” she said.

ESV and AFL Victoria will also open nomination­s for clubs to celebrate their unsung Canteen Heroes – the canteen volunteers – until September 20.

The organisati­ons will award a $1000 grant to the winner’s football-netball club canteen for new gas or electrical equipment.

People can visit esv.vic.gov.au/safer canteens to nominate a Canteen Hero.

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