Successful Applications for Colac Otway Shire Grants Program 2019-2020

The Colac Otway Shire Grants Program 2019/2020 has awarded $296,706 to 76 applicants 

Council announced the successful applicants for the Colac Otway Shire Grants Program 2019/20 at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 26 June 2019.

Councillors approved 76 grant applications totalling $296,706.  When combined with the community’s cash and in-kind contribution the successful projects total $4.97 million in value.

These grants provide Colac Otway Shire with wonderful opportunities for strong partnerships with community groups, progress associations, arts and cultural groups, environmental groups, committees of management, sporting clubs, schools and now businesses.

Congratulations to the successful recipients of the Colac Otway Shire Grants Program 2019/2020.

List of Successful Applicants - 2019/2020

CATEGORY 1 Community Grants Program

Grant Allocated

2nd Colac Sea Scouts: Kitchen upgrade - 2nd Colac Sea Scout Hall


3rd-4th Colac Scouts: Canoes for Scouts


Alvie Recreation Reserve Committee of Management: Paint and recarpet Alvie Recreation Centre


Apollo Bay Arts Inc. Gallery: Upgrade the gallery


Apollo Bay Bowls Club: Steel weather shelters


Apollo Bay Radio Inc: Outside live broadcasting equipment


Apollo Bay Youth Club: Commercial barbecue and shelter


Birregurra Bowling Club Inc: Tables, chairs & polish floor


Birregurra Cricket Club: Shipping container storage and landscaping


Colac Basketball Association Inc: Flooring, seating & equipment for basketball events


Colac City United Cricket Club Inc: Roller covers for the cricket pitch


Colac District Historical Society Inc: Controlled temperature unit for historical documents


Colac District Pastoral and Agricultural Society: Show jump equipment and trailer


Colac Pony Club Inc: Storage shed extension


Colac Table Tennis Association: Purchase 2 table tennis tables & accessories


Community Hub Inc - Youth Education Engagement Tribe (YEET): Outdoor arts project


Coragulac District Kindergarten: Enclose back verandah to create a learning sunroom


Forrest District Neighbourhood House: Community gym equipment


Forrest Horse Riding Club: Club room improvement - relining walls


Foodshare Colac: Purchase 2 freezers


Irrewarra Beeac Football Netball Club: Refurbishment of male change room


Lavers Hill Public Hall: Solar system


Marrar Woorn Neighbourhood House: Multi-media lectern system at senior's hall


Pirron Yallock Recreation Reserve Grounds Committee: Display cool room


Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery Inc: Modernise live theatre sound system


Rotary Club of Colac West: Books for Bubs and Beginners


Simpson Car Club Inc: Implement Point of Sale system


Southern Otways Sustainable Inc: Renewable Energy Road Map


Warrion Cricket Club: Resurface Oval with drought-tolerant turf

*subject to Cricket Vic grant outcome


Yeodene Public Hall & Recreation Reserve: Install 2 split systems for heating/cooling


CATEGORY 2 Community Events and Support

Grant Allocated

Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce Inc: WinterWild DogWatch 2019


Apollo Bay P-12 College Production at Mechanics Hall Apollo Bay


Apollo Bay Seafood Festival 2020


Apollo Bay Writers Festival


Bicycle Network’s Great Vic Bike Ride


Birregurra Festival and Art Show 2019


Colac City Band Inc.: Carols by Candlelight


Colac Kana Festival


Colac Orchid Club Annual Show


Colac RSL Sub Branch Inc: Colac Show ‘n’ Shine


Colac West Primary School Production


Creative Otways: Colac Otway Arts Trail 2019


Forrest Men‘s Shed: The Shed Grand Opening


Forrest Soupfest


Gellibrand Community House Inc: Gelli Jive – Community dinner & entertainment


Great Ocean Road Running Festival


Old Beechy Rail Trail Committee of Management‘s Hunt for Golden Gumboot 2019


Otway Harvest Trail Twilight Festa 2020


Otways and Coast Permaculture Group: Resilient Futures event


Otways Tourist Park: Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival


Pink Up Colac: 2 Campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer


Rapid Ascent Pty Ltd: Otway Odyssey and Great Otway Gravel Grind


Southern Exposure: Run Forrest Trail Run


Southern Otway Landcare Network: Corangamite Regenerative Agriculture Conference


Warrion Flower Show


Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative: Pang-ngooteekeeya weeng


CATEGORY 3 Small Grants

Grant Allocated

Apollo Bay Preschool Inc.: Preschool maintenance equipment


Beeac Primary School Parents and Friends Association: The Brolga Project & community garden


Birregurra Landcare: Tools for volunteers


Colac and District Football Umpires Association: Computer and software, office cabinets & benches


Colac Little Athletics Club: Line marking equipment


Colac Otway Residents Action Group: Defibrillator in Colac West


Colac Otway Rovers AFC: Defibrillator and train members


Colac Swimming Club Inc: Swim club uniforms


Colac Toy Library: Toys for older children


Colac Woodcrafters Guild Inc: Workshop equipment


Elliminyt Public Hall Inc: Upgrade switchboard


Elliminyt Tennis Club: Equipment


Johanna Public Purposes Reserve Inc: Fencing


Polwarth and District Tennis Association: Tennis balls for Polwarth Tennis


Positive Ageing Ambassadors: Wiser Driver Course


South Colac Sports Club: Goal post safety padding


U3A: Cycle group bike racks


CATEGORY 4 Building Façade Improvement Program

Grant Allocated

BlueSky Outdoor & Parkview Games & Toys: Clean and paint façade


Cornucopia ‘The Drapery’ Birregurra: Refurbishment of shop front


Gellibrand River Store: Façade improvement


List of Successful Applicants - Round 1 - 2018/2019

Category 1 Community Grants Program


Project Name


Grant allocated

Red Rock Reserve improvements

Alvie Tree Planters


Security Shutters

Colac Pony Club Inc


CWA Recipe Colouring Book

Birregurra CWA


Irrewillipe Hall Repair & upgrade of Foyer

Irrewillipe Sports & Entertainment Complex


Replace seating around the Arena & public areas

Colac & District Pastoral & Agricultural Society (the Show Society)


Purchase an equipment trailer

Colac & District Adult Riding Club Inc


Replace storage cupboards & drawers

Birregurra Bowling Club


Purchase hurdles & ‘Come & Try Day’

Colac Little Athletics


Purchase quilters machine & related equipment

Birregurra Charity Quilters Group


Public cycling workstation

Forrest Mountain Bike & Cycling Club


Replace football goal posts

Alvie Football Netball Club Inc


Winter Woodcraft – sculpture course to create a kinetic sculpture to be performed at Winterwild Festival Apollo Bay in August 2018.

Marrar Woorn Neighbourhood House Apollo Bay


Wye River Bushfire – Community Photo & Film narrative

Wye River, Separation Creek & Kennett River Renewal Association


Heating/Cooling system for 3rd/4th Scouts Hall

3rd/4th Colac Scouts


Kitchen upgrade

Warrowie Recreation Reserve


Books for Beginners

(purchase books for Prep students)

Rotary Club of Colac West


Re-coat floor surface at Elliminyt Hall

Elliminyt Public Hall Inc


Welcome wall - Gellibrand Rex Norman Park

Gellibrand Garden Group



Total recommended


 Category 2 Community Events and Support


Project Name


Grant allocated

108th Warrion Flower Show

Warrion Flower Show/Hall Committee


School Biennial Production at COPACC

Elliminyt Primary School


Birregurra Festival & Art Show 2018

Birregurra Festival & Art Show/ Birregurra Community Group


Otway Odyssey & Great Otway Gravel Grind

Rapid Ascent


Colac Otway Arts Trail

Otway Arts Trail


Twilight Christmas Market

Friends of Colac Botanic Gardens


Colac Kana Festival

Colac Kana Festival Inc


Forrest Soup Fest

Forrest Special Events Club


Apollo Bay Edible Garden Trail

Apollo Edible Garden Trail


Colac City Band’s 72nd Carols by Candlelight

Colac City Band Inc


Specialist providing training

Colac Cake Decorators


25th Warm Winter Words

Apollo Bay Arts Inc


Gellibrand river Blues & Blueberry Festival

Gellibrand River Blues & Blueberry Festival


Pang - ngooteekeeya weeng malangeepa - ngeeye. Remembering our Future

Event held on 26 January

Caracaramigen: Colac Aboriginal Gathering Place


Birregurra School of Rock Choir training & performance

Birregurra Primary School


Hunt for the Golden Gumboot

Friends of Old Beechy Rail Trail


Otway Food & Fibre Showcase 2019

Barongarook Landcare Group


Great Ocean Road Running Festival



School Production at COPACC

Colac West Primary School


Run Forrest Trail Run

Southern Exposure


Apollo Bay Seafood Festival Harbour Day

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival


Winterwild Apollo Bay

Winterwild Apollo Bay


Birregurra Drama

Birregurra Community Arts Group


Otway Trail Run 2019

Rotary Club of Colac


Colac Basketball Tournaments

Colac Basketball Association Inc


Amateur theatre production & performance

The Colac Players Inc


Otway Harvest Trail Twilight Festa

Otway Harvest Trail


Live in the Otways

Otway Country to Coast Tourism Assoc. Inc


Colac Show’N’Shine

Colac RSL Sub-Branch Inc


Colac Orchid Club Annual Show & Display

Colac Orchid Club


Wild Otways

Art & Ecology


Apollo Bay & Otway District Agricultural Show 2019

Apollo Bay & Otway District Agricultural Society


Total recommended


 Category 3 Small Grants 


Project Name


Grant requested/


Sound Equipment

Colac Comeback Country Music Inc


Sailing Club Rescue Boat Fit Out

Apollo Bay Sailing Club Inc


Safety enhancing pre-school equipment

Apollo Bay Pre-school


In the Back Room V22– Book publication

Colac Writers Guild


Storage Solutions

Birregurra Pre-school


Purchase Lawn Mower

Beeac Tennis Club Inc


Split-system air conditioner for Club rooms

Warrion Recreation Reserve Committee of Management



U3A Colac Otway


Interior refurbishment of Club Rooms (Stage 2)

Beeac Golf Club


HUB Gaming Technology Upgrade

Community Hub Inc (HUB Gaming)


Security System

Irrewarra Cricket Club


Purchase 2 x dust extractors

Colac Woodcrafters Guild


Electronic scoring for Runners

Colac Leisure Runners Inc


Ipad for administration & display toy library & purchase small toys

Colac Toy Library


Purchase oven, cooktop & small freezer

Colac Football Umpires Association Social Club


Purchase Community Gym Equipment

Wye River CFA


Maintenance equipment for Arena

Apollo Bay & Otway Riding Club


Old Beechy Rail Trail – new map

Old Beechy Rail trail Committee of Management


Cororooke Hall Replacement/upgrade of Chairs

Cororooke Hall Committee



Total recommended


 Category 4 Building Facade Improvement Program  

Project Name


Grant requested/ Recommended

Verandah repairs

Hulms Bakery Colac


Repairs & paint shop front

Nireeda Homes/John Bethune


Shop front upgrade

Lilly Pilly Gifts


Façade Improvement

Ray Croft


Façade upgrade

Sportspower Colac


Façade refurbishment

Colac Motorcycles


Exterior painting

Austral Hotel



Holts Mowers & Saws



Total recommended


List of Successful Applicants - Round 2 - 2018/2019



Project Name


Grant approved


Creation of Otways Discovery Centre Exhibition

Forrest and District Historical Society



Kitchen Refit

Birregurra Golf Club



Cororooke Open Space – offsite Preliminary Preparation project

Red Rock District Progress Association



Replace Clubhouse roof

Colac Golf Club



Meander Project (revegetation adjacent to Barwon River)

Birregurra Landcare Group



Start up assets for Apollo Bay Scouts

Apollo Bay Scouts



Colac Otway Pop Up Gallery & Studio Space

Colac Otways Pop-up Arts Space



Cricket Bowling Machine

Warrion Cricket Club



Red Rock region Community Website

Cororooke Tennis Club



Upgrade to Multipurpose Room – carpet & air con unit

Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club



Competition Ready

Apollo Bay Kendo Club



Purchase IPads for electronic scoring

Colac & District Cricket Association




Total recommended