Sixty projects share in more than $140,000 of community grants

Published on 29 June 2017

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Events in Apollo Bay will be at the next level of professionalism thanks to a $5000 grant from Colac Otway Shire Council’s annual Community Funding Program.

The Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce attracted funding through the program’s Community Projects category for a professional staging system to be used at local events, and the Chamber is one of 60 projects to share in $142,010 of grants.

The Community Funding Program is allocated in four categories – COPACC Hire Assistance, Recreation Facilities, Small Equipment and Training, and Community Projects.

Mayor Chris Potter said the professional staging system, which would enable existing and new community events to be hosted around Apollo Bay, was just one of a diverse range of projects successful in this year’s program.

“Council’s support of community not-for-profit groups to deliver their projects, such as facility or equipment upgrades, artistic and cultural projects, membership growth, group development and community improvement initiatives helps them make our shire more vibrant and progressive.

“The projects undertaken through the grants are broad in their nature, but their social and cultural impact is matched by a significant economic return of more than $595,000 through works and activities to be undertaken as part of the grants,” he said.

Cr Potter said highlights from this year’s program included $3190 for Colac’s Driver Reviver program to build a shelter for an open deck area, protecting an anticipated 4000 weary visiting drivers annually from the elements.

In the Recreation Facilities category, the Hordern Vale – Glenaire Hall and Recreation Reserve Committee received $5000 toward their Clean Water Project to restore a safe and reliable water supply to the hall allowing the venue to be reactivated for regular use by the community.

The Colac Players will showcase a musical cabaret in May 2018 at COPACC thanks to a COPACC Assistance Grant, which was also received by Colac Woodcrafters Guild and Colac Music Teachers Association among others.

Cr Potter congratulated this year’s successful applicants and said he looked forward to not only seeing their projects transpire but the enjoyment of such programs being shared with the community.

An official presentation to recipients will take place during a Civic Reception at COPACC on Friday, 28 July 2017.

**MEDIA PLEASE NOTE** An overview of recipients and projects is below. Please contact Council if you are interested in more details about a particular project, or would like to interview recipients.

 

 COPACC Hire Assistance 

Organisation

Project

Amount

Colac Music Teachers Association Inc.

CMTA Eisteddfod 2017

$715

Colac & District Family History Group Inc.

Family History Expo

$933

Colac Secondary College

College annual awards night

$760

Colac West Primary School

Colac West Primary School annual production

$976

Colac Woodcrafters Guild Inc

Colac Otway Wood Design exhibition

$1,300

The Colac Players Inc.

Musical cabaret in May – four shows

$2,615

 

Small Equipment and Training

Organisation

Project

Amount

Apollo Bay Pre-School

Reverse cycle air conditioner

$1,000

Beeac Tennis Club Inc.

Beat the heat – purchase of portable shade gazebos

$187

Colac Basketball Association

Desktop computer

$1,000

Colac Cake Decorators Association

Office equipment and supplies

$500

Colac Horticultural & Marvellous Properties Appreciation Society (CHAMPAS)

Catering equipment

$491

Colac Little Athletics Centre

Electronic starting device

$675

Colac Woodcrafters Guild

Purchase of a pallet truck

$355

Community Hub Inc.

Workplace safety upgrade – purchase and installation of a security camera system

$671

Elliminyt Public Hall

Purchase of a vacuum cleaner

$175

Eurack Recreation Centre

Kitchen equipment for Eurack Hall

$675

Irrewarra Football Netball Club

Purchase of an ice machine for the clubrooms and sports trainers

$1,000

Positive Ageing Ambassadors

First Aid and CPR training for seniors volunteering in community organisations

$1,000

Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery

Kitchen upgrade – stage 1
Purchase and installation of an instant hot water unit

$995

Wye River Surf Life Saving Club

Purchase of an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) beach trailer

$991

 

 

Community Projects

 

Organisation

Project

Amount

Alvie Tree Planters

Red Rock Reserve improvements

$5,000

Anam Cara House Colac

Automated external defibrillator

$2,223

Apollo Bay Arts Inc.

Community printmaker development project – purchase of a printing press and community programs

$3,460

Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce Inc.

Purchase of a portable stage and infrastructure for use at Apollo Bay community events

$5,000

Apollo Bay Sailing Club

New kitchen facilities at the sailing clubrooms

$3,481

Barwon Child, Youth & Family

Winifred Nance Kindergarten – Our Open Space stage 2 – new garden and playspace

$3,000

Barwon Child, Youth & Family

Wydinia Kindergarten – It's Only Natural – Develop designs for a new landscaped garden and playspace

$1,375

Birregurra CWA

Boomerang Bags

$2,481

Birregurra District Historical Centre Inc.

Replace and paint weatherboards on Birregurra District Historical Centre

$3,921

Colac Basketball Association Inc.

Colac Junior Basketball Tournament – tournament booklet

$883

Colac & District Family History Group Inc.

Weekend of family history – costume hire, photograph production and event publication

$1,863

Colac Driver Reviver

Colac Driver Reviver shelter

$3,190

Colac Otway Residents Action Group Inc.

‘Women on Wheels’ workshops

$2,000

Colac Woodcrafters Guild Inc.

Insulation and soundproofing and kitchen for new shed

$5,000

Colac Writers Guild

Book publishing

$490

Elliminyt Public Hall Inc.

Refurbishment painting of the hall internal ceiling

$2,080

Forrest & District Historical Society

Update and restructure Forrest Historical Society archives

$3,000

Mind your Groove Community Dance Group

Mind your Groove - Community dance roadshow project 2017

$3,576

Rotary Club of Colac West

Books for Beginners program

$2,500

Vic SES Colac Unit

Walk behind forklift purchase

$3,500

 Recreation Facilities

 

Organisation

Project

Amount

Alvie Football Netball Club

Bums on Seats – new permanent tiered seating and portable seating for netball courts

$2,101

Apollo Bay Bowls Club Inc.

Clubhouse upgrade – internal painting and equipment

$5,000

Beeac Community Centre Inc.

Let’s go Mow(er) – purchase of a ride-on mower

$5,000

Beeac Golf Club Inc.

Clubrooms interior refurbishment – internal painting and window coverings

$3,002

Birregurra Bowling Club

Install disabled ramp access

$5,000

Birregurra Hall

Defibrillator for Birregurra Hall

$1,250

Colac Central Bowling Club Inc

New acoustic ceiling

$5,000

Colac Cricket Club

Picket fence extension

$2,898

Colac Cycling Club Inc.

Electronic timing equipment

$4,050

Colac Mallet Sports Club Inc.

Install a reverse cycle air conditioner

$1,654

Colac Pony Club Inc.

Installation of a hot water system for new bathroom

$1,870

Cororooke Tennis Club

Installation of water tank, solar powered UV water treatment plant and pump

$4,222

Eurack Recreation Centre

Works and maintenance of Eurack Hall

$5,000

Forrest Cricket Club

Forrest Recreation Reserve Turf Project – new synthetic pitch cover and upgrade to the cricket practice nets

$2,177

Hordern Vale-Glenaire Hall & Rec Reserve Committee

The Clean Water Project - purchase and installation of a new water tank and connections

$5,000

Irrewillipe Sports & Entertainment Complex

New cupboards in the hall supper room and kitchen

$1,000

Polwarth & District Tennis Association Inc.

Line Up – line marking courts at six local tennis clubs

$1,290

Rotary Club of Colac West Inc.

Repair flood damaged paths and facilities at Joseph Paatsch Nature Reserve

$5,000

Tomahawk Creek Cricket Club

Creek Futures – Ground maintenance stage 1 – purchase of a ride-on mower

$2,499

Warrowie Recreation Reserve

Removal of cypress trees and purchase of kitchen industrial fan

$3,960