Projects & Events Funded By Colac Otway Shire Grants Program 2018-19

New Quilting Machine - Birregurra Charity Quilts Group - June 2019

The Birregurra Charity Quilts Group, the Birregurra Health Centre and Colac Otway Shire representatives gathered to celebrate the purchase of a new quilting machine thanks to funding from the Colac Otway Shire 2018-2019 Community Grants Program.

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Aboriginal Artefacts Display - Colac & District Historical Society - April 2019

Following their successful grant application, the Colac District Historical Society have installed a new modern display cabinet in the History Centre to display their collection of aboriginal artefacts.

The display forms part of a larger exhibition currently on view entitled ‘Celebrating our Local Aboriginal History’ which has been prepared by the Family History Group as a part of the 2019 Australian Heritage Festival.

The artefacts have been identified by Aboriginal Victoria allowing them to be registered. An interpretive guide has also been created for visitors viewing the display.

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108th Warrion Flower Show

In its 108th year the Warrion Flower Show is an iconic country event that brings together the community to celebrate the spring flowers, produce and craft of the district. Schools, Aged care facility clients, flower enthusiasts, food producers, growers, craft producers all are involved.

Many volunteers help to organise this event, including students from Thomas Carr College who set up and dismantle most of the infrastructure.  Support from community organisations, stall holders and local schools make the event a great success. 

Colac Otway Shire provided $2,400 funding to assist with the event.


Elliminyt Public Hall - October 2018

This month local seniors celebrated Seniors Week at the Elliminyt Public Hall with an Old Time Dance hosted by Colac Area Health.

The Frankie Lawrence Band performed songs taking everyone back to earlier times spent dancing, with attendees spinning and quickstepping around the newly resurfaced floor, made possible as a part of the Community Grants Program.

The Colac Otway Shire funded $2,623 to the Elliminyt Public Hall to apply a protective coating to the floor to improve maintenance and ensure the floor is able to host many more dance events in future.

Pictured is Mayor, Joe McCracken and Treasurer of the Elliminyt Public Hall Brendan Stahl.

 Elliminyt Public Hall Inc Resurfacing - Community Grants 2018-2019

Elliminyt Primary School - September 2018

The Elliminyt Primary School held it's biennial production at COPACC on 6 September 2018. 

The school holds a major production every two years and it's an important opportunity for the school's Performing Arts Program to shine and for the students who love drama to have an event in which they can excel.  The show is a celebration for the school community and highlights a lot of hard work that started many months ago. The students go through an audition process for the selection of the main roles and each class practiced their dance every week for Term 3. 

The Colac Otway Shire supported provided a grant of $1,137 for COPACC hire assistance.   Pictured on stage is the Principal Angela Hall and Mayor, Joe McCracken who welcomed the audience and opened the show 'Back to the 80s'. 


Colac Woodcrafters Guild

Congratulations to the Colac Woodcrafters Guild who had the official grand-opening of their shed!

This isn’t just an ordinary shed, the purpose-built facility provides the woodcrafters with a long-awaited permanent home in which to create their beautiful projects.

Colac Otway Shire Council has a long association with the Colac Woodcrafters and we’re very proud to have played a small role in assisting to establish a home for members’ to work and create – most recently through the 2018-2019 Community Grants program with funds for some much needed equipment.

Pictured here is Cr Kate Hanson at the Shed's grand-opening.

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