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Funding partnerships with community benefits

News Article Date: 
Friday, 16 September 2016

A total of 37 Warrnambool clubs, groups and organisations have shared in more than $70,000 from the Warrnambool City Council (WCC) Community Development Fund.

The grants will help a range of activities including building a women’s cricket program through the Woodford Eels Cricket Club, establishing a “parkrun” program in Warrnambool and a Fast5 netball competition. 
The Community Development Fund is in its 18th year and total allocations have now exceeded the $1 million mark.

In presenting the grants Warrnambool Mayor Cr Kylie Gaston said she was constantly amazed by the diversity of clubs and organisations which thrived in the city.

Cr Gaston praised those who were receiving grants for undertaking projects which benefited the community.

“You are proactive, not content to just sit back and wait for things to happen,” Cr Gaston said to the grant recipients.

“You initiate ideas and it’s great that Council can add a little bit to help get your projects over the line.”

The total value of the projects to be undertaken by groups this year exceeds $260,000 with the clubs and organisations contributing their own money, labour and in-kind support.

The annual grant program was established by WCC in 1999 and aims to provide help to local clubs and organisations through four categories to:

•    develop and provide sporting or recreational programs, projects and activities;
•    develop and provide cultural programs, projects and activities;
•    develop and conduct regional, national or international sporting, recreational or cultural events; and
•    develop and conduct environmental and/or sustainability projects.

Grant recipients were:

Archers of Warrnambool
The purchase of essential International standard target butt (arrow catchers) equipment $2,000

Birdlife Warrnambool 
Purchase of essential bird identification equipment $2,900

City of Warrnambool Rowing Club
Purchase of sculling oars to provide better participation opportunities for a diverse range of people $1,500

Friends of Platypus Park 
2017 Revegetation Project $2,423

Lions Club of Warrnambool 
Lions District Convention 2017 $2,000

Merrivale Football Netball Club 
Purchase of essential safety equipment (goal post padding) $1,000

Nestles Rowing Club
Purchase of adjustable sculling oars to provide better participation opportunities for a diverse range of people $1,980

North Warrnambool Eagles Football Netball Club 
Upgrade of kitchen/canteen energy efficient appliances $2,000

Parkrun Inc 
To establish Warrnambool Parkrun $3,000

Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail Committee
 Purchase of essential equipment for encouraging and supporting Volunteers $1,000

Rotary Club of Warrnambool Daybreak 
Construction and installation of a BBQ trailer canopy $2,000

Russells Creek Cricket Club 
Pavilion kitchen upgrade (storage cupboards, bench top and range hood) $1,990

The F Project 
The Fletcher Jones Christmas Garden Party Community Parade $2,984

The Warrnambool Rangers Football Club 
Purchase of portable soccer goals and nets to encourage additional participation $2,000

Tozer Reserve Trust Committee
Environmental Education at Tozer Road targeting new and threatening environmental weeds $1,660

Warrnambool & District Historical Society
 Installation of hydronic heating equipment in the archive space of History House $2,000

Warrnambool & District Pipes & Drums 
South West Coast Piper Drummer Dancer 2017 Workshop $2,000

Warrnambool Agricultural Society
Upgrade Computer System to establish an e-ticket system for the Warrnambool Show $2,000

Warrnambool City Netball Association
 Fast 5 Netball Tournament $2,000

Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network
Facilitate integrated planning sessions for revegetation and weed management of Merri River $2,800

Warrnambool Community Garden
Planting of Bush food Plants and development of an Information and Recipe Booklet $2,380

Warrnambool District Hockey Association
Purchase of essential safety equipment for new junior players $2,000

Warrnambool Family History Group
Installation of hydronic heating equipment in the archive space of History House $2,000

Warrnambool Gem Club
Purchase and installation of additional faceting machine to train new members the art of faceting $2,200

Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Bowls Club
Purchase of rink scoreboards for inter-club pennant and Western District competition matches $1,500

Warrnambool Little Athletics
Purchase of essential safety equipment - Scissor Jump Mats $1,342

Warrnambool Maori Multicultural Club
Purchase of essential equipment to encourage active participation $1,900

Warrnambool Neighbourhood and Community House
The purchase of essential equipment to provide new activities to the community $1,863

Warrnambool Rifle Club
Construction of essential safety equipment for shooters of all abilities (weather proof baffles) $2,000

Warrnambool Springers Gymnastics
Purchase of essential safety equipment to provide better opportunities for participation for disability groups $2,000

Warrnambool Swimming Club
The purchase of a Vasa Swimming Machine to improve strength and technique $2,000

Warrnambool Toy Library
Warrnambool Toy Library's 'Messy Play Day' $1,267

Warrnambool Triton Woodworkers
Workshop Relocation Safety Requirements $1,700

Warrnambool Wolves Football Club
Purchase and installation of player shelters $2,000

Warrnambool Writers' Group
"As the Crow Flies" Poetry and Music Event $800

Wesley CBC Cricket Club
Resurface the Cricket Practice Net Pitches $2,000

Woodford Eels Cricket Club
To purchase safety equipment for the Female Development Program $1,500

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