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Boats on the Hopkins River

Community Development Fund grant recipients

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Warrnambool St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Club is one of 36 local community clubs and organisations that shared in $79,112 of funding as part of the 2014/15 Warrnambool City Council Community Development Fund.

The fund provides grants of up to $3000 to help develop or provide sporting, recreational, cultural or sustainability programs and activities.

The Skiff Club will pool its $1500 Community Development Fund grant with funds secured through an online crowd-sourcing campaign and other avenues to purchase its first two St Ayles Skiff kits plus materials to build a trailer to transport the vessels.

The St Ayles Skiff is making waves in the United Kingdom as an accessible way for the community to become involved in rowing.

The kits are specifically designed to be as easy as possible to assemble for community groups with limited boat building experience.

The club will assemble the kits at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village boatyards with the aim of having the first one in the water by January.

An official launch will be held at the Civic Green on November 8 from 10am-2pm as part of a wooden boat expo.

Club Secretary Patrick Groot said that he was looking forward to involving as many people as possible in the construction and rowing of the skiffs.

“We are all very excited. The fundraising has been going on for a couple of years and we have had fantastic support from so many different people,” Mr Groot said.

“In short, we are all about promoting the health and well-being benefits of rowing with a stroke prevention twist.”

If you are interesting in helping with the construction or in rowing the boats, contact the club at warrnamboolstaylesskiffclub@gmail.com.

Congratulations to all of the recipients!

Bethany Film Festival
Friends of Botanic Gardens
Patches Plus Quilting Group
The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria South Western Group
The F Project
Warrnambool Agricultural Society
Warrnambool Camera Club
Warrnambool International Women's Day Alliance
Warrnambool Symphony Orchestra
Warrnambool Triton Woodworkers
Warrnambool Writers' Group
Warrnambool & District Historical Society
Dennington Bowls Club
Friends of Merri Marine Sanctuary
Making A Difference (MAD) for the Merri
Tozer Reserve Management Committee
Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Group
Warrnambool Community Garden
Dennington Community Association
Warrnambool Aus Music
Warrnambool Chess Club
Dennington Football Netball Club
Dennington Pony Club
South C Dragons
The Warrnambool St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Club
Warrnambool & District Hockey Association
Warrnambool City Croquet club
Warrnambool Darts Association
Warrnambool Kart Club
Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Bowls Club
Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club
Warrnambool Mountain Bike Club
Warrnambool P.C. User Group
Warrnambool Springers Gymnastics
Warrnambool Swimming Club
Warrnambool Three Year Old Kinder

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