Colac Otway Shire Grants Program - Grant Recipients

Successful Applications for Colac Otway Shire Grants Program

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 businesses.

Congratulations to the recipients of the Colac Otway Shire Grants Program 2022/23.

List of Recipients - 2022 - 2023

Category 1 Community Grants Program

Applicant  Project Name Grant Amount  
Otway District Football Netball Club Inc  Storage Shed  $9,900
 Barwon Downs Community Group Inc Hardwood floorboards makeover at the Hall $2,400
 Irrewarra Cricket Club Upgrade of Colac Secondary College Training Facility  $10,000
 Carlisle River Cricket Club Carlisle River Cricket Training Facility   $10,000
 Cressy & District History Group Public Art project 'Cressy,Our Story'. Mural on Cressy Water Tower  $10,000
 Anam Cara House, Colac Re-roof the Shed $5,400
 Rotary Club of Colac West Upgrade Catering Equipment at the Showgrounds shed $2,956
 Simpson Car Club Inc Upgrade of Spectator lights & Pit Area Lights $10,000
 Warrion Public Hall Committee Inc Hall Painting & Path Repair  $6,085
 Colac Yacht Club Re-carpeting of Yacht Club Hall  $7,572
 Apollo Bay Bowls Club Inc New Oven for Bowls Club Kitchen $3,500
Beeac Windmill Park Committee auspice by Beeac Progress Association  Beeac Windmill Park Painting $2,754
Cressy Bowling Club  Cressy Bowling Club Synthetic Green Replacement $10,000
Warrion Cricket Club Inc  Pop Up Sprinklers Replacement $4,555
 Climate Action Team Inc Reducing Household Emissions and Energy Costs: Forum and Practical Application $2,600
 Birregurra Golf Club Renovation & Construction of Golf Green $7,810
 Irrewillipe Sports & Entertainment Complex  Historical Display Cabinets $2,880
 Gellibrand Public Hall Inc Improve All Ability Access to Gellibrand Public Hall $5,616
 Apollo Bay & District Historical Society Caring for & Protecting our Precious History - Dehumidifiers $2,870
 Colac City United Cricket Club Inc Refresh Eastern Reserve rooms - Internal Painting   $3,353
 Alvie Recreation Committee of Management Remediation Works to Prevent Water Entering the Alvie Recreation Centre   $7,481
 Southern Otways Sustainable Inc Analyse & Report on Commercial Losses in Apollo Bay due to Unreliable Power $10,000
Otway Barham Landcare Group auspice by Southern Otway Landcare Network Marengo Cultural Education Centre & Environmental Weed Control Project  $7,000
Shrub Club Community Nursery auspice by Southern Otway Landcare Network  Shrub Club Community Nursery Bench Restoration $10,000
Forrest Public Reserves Committee  Cinema Forrest $5,611
Community Hub Inc  'Life After Farming' - Create a Directory of Activities & Services  $2,100
 OCR FM Upgrade Website $3,744
 Colac Mallet Sports Club Re-surface Clubroom floor  $2,200

Category 2 Community Events and Support (Including *2A Major Community Organised Events)

Applicant  Event Name Grant Amount
Warrion Flower Show auspice by Warrion Public Hall Committee  Warrion 110th Flower Show $3,500
Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Conference 2022 at COPACC $3,127
Rotary Club of Colac  2023 Otway Trail Run $5,000
Creative Otways Inc  Colac Otway Arts Trail - Social Media & Wesbite $5,000
Colac Orchid Club Inc  Annual Orchid Show & Sales 2022 $2,000
Elliminyt Primary School School Production $1,260
Colac West Primary School  School Concert $1,788
Golden Gumboot Working Group auspice by Old Beechy Rail Trail Friends Inc Hunt for the Golden Gumboot 2022 $2,500
The Colac Players Production & Performance of One Amateur Theatre Production at COPACC  $4,259
Rapid Ascent Pty Ltd  Otway Odyssey & Great Otway Gravel Grind 2023 $5,000
Apollo Bay WordFest auspice by Apollo Bay Arts Inc  Apollo Bay WordFest 2022: Curious & Curiouser $5,000
Southern Exposure  Run Forrest Trail Fun 2023 $5,000
Wye to Wongarra Landcare Group  Making Room: Fungi to Forest. Community Walks & Workshops to Identify Weeds/Plants/Fungi  $1,834
Bicycle Network Great Vic Bike Ride 2022 $5,000
Colac Neighbourhood House auspice by Colac Area Health 'Some Happy Day' Film and Q & A to highlight plight of homelessness $2,040
Apollo Bay Seafood Festival auspice by Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce  Apollo Bay Seafood Festival Presents SOS Event Series (marketing campaign) $5,000
Let's Talk Colac Otway  Wellbeing Expo $2,000
International Management Group of America Pty Ltd 2023 Keiser Great Ocean Road Running Festival $5,000
Beech Forest & District Progress Association  Beech Forest & District Progress Association Community Event $2,000
KSJ Event Management  Lochard Energy Women's Warrnambool Cycling Classic 2023 $5,000

*Category 2A Major Community Organised Event 

WinterWild auspice by Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce

WinterWild 2022 $10,000

Category 3 Small Grants Program

 Applicant  Project Name Grant Amount
Main Street Planters auspice by Birregurra Community Group Maintenance of Planter Boxes Along Main Street Birregurra $844
Colac Woodcrafters Guild Inc  Purchase of a Wood Lathe & Specialised Sharpening Equipment $1,038
Colac Table Tennis Association Replacement Equipment (tables, nets, scoreboards) $1,214
Otway Plains District Scouts Barongarook Scout Camp Hut Lighting Upgrade $1,346
Colac Otway Rover AFC Line Marker Equipment $1,769
Colac Cake Decorators Expert Teaching Workshops $700
2nd Colac Sea Scouts First Aid Training $1,200
Gellibrand Community House Inc Screen for Gellibrand Community House $1,995
Colac Central Bowling Club Inc Air Conditioner For Kitchen $1,487
Forrest & District Historical Society  Tables, Chairs & Display Mount Boards $721
 Birregurra Landcare Riverflat Revegetation Project  $1,780
 Apollo Bay Radio Inc Studio Equipment Upgrades $965
Birregurra Pre School Building Blocks $1,641
VIC SES Colac Unit  New Computer & Maintenance Program Software $2,000
Irrewarra-Beeac Football Netball Club Storage Space for Netball Player's Equipment $1,600
Cororooke Tennis Club Community Garden Along Tennis Club Entrance Pathway $960
Colac & District Dog Obedience Club Inc Clubroom Vacuum Cleaner $299
Central Otway Landcare Network Drone Purchase for Landscape Before/After Aerial Photos/Videos of Completion Of  Ground Natural Resource Management Works $1,000
Colac & District Football Umpires Association Heating/Cooking System for Football Umpires Room at Lake Oval $1,935
Colac Adult Riding Club Build A New Round Yard on the Colac Adult Riding Club Grounds $1,994
 Western Eagles Football Netball Club Website Development  $1,909
 Alvie Football Netball Club Inc Purchase a Freezer $905
 Colac Bowling Club Projector $1,850

Category 4 Building Facade Improvement Program

Applicant  Project Name  Grant Amount
Gravity Cafe                                    Update Murray St Facade- Painting                                          $3,000
Gerangawood Pty Ltd  Paint Bank Facade $2,192
Water Supply Specialist  Building Facade Improvement - Painting & Signage                                                                 $3,000
Colac to Coast Real Estate  Building Facade Improvement - New Signage $925
Theodore Podiatry Group  Building Facade Improvement - Painting & Signage $3,000
Wisdom Investments Group Pty Ltd  Exterior Wall Painting (1st Floor & South Side) $1,000
Forrest General Store  Facade Improvement Project $3,000
The Perch Lavers Hill Painting Building Exterior $3,000

Category 5 Small Business Environmental Sustainability Program

Applicant Project Name Grant Amount
The Sandman Mattress Company Removal of Old Gas Heaters & Installation of New Split Systems                                               $2,500
Dar Teta Upright Freezer $2,479
Barrow Legal Install Ceiling Insulation $3,740
Brae Restaurant Install Refrigeration Unit $2,777


List of Recipients - Round 2 - 2021 - 2022

Category 1 - Community Grants Program

Applicant Project Name Grant Allocated
Colac Yacht club

Installation of two heating/cooling split systems

Birregurra Golf Club


Purchase of Golf course greens’ mower  $6,600


Southern Otways Sustainable Home Energy Efficiency (HEE) assessment x 7, Workshop, Video, DIY options, case studies  $4,900


Forrest Public Reserve Committee Forrest Gateway to Otways Centre – planning phase assessments  $10,000


Apollo Bay District Historical Society Protecting Textiles – archival training workshop and storage equipment  $2,317
Warrion Cricket Club Cricket Pitch Mower  $4,000
Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce  Apollo Bay Neighbourhood Battery Feasibility Study  $10,000
Otway Districts Historical Society  Beech Forest Walking & Driving History Tour (Trail maps x 2, small history signs x 7, brochures hardcopy & downloadable  $1,348



Category 2 Community Events & Support

Applicant Project Name Grant Allocated

WinterWild auspice by Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce

 2021 WinterWild Event  $5,000
Colac City Band Carols by Candlelight December 2021  $5,000
Lavers Hill Public Hall Committee Festival of Small Halls  $1,700


Category 3 Small Grants

Applicant Project Name Grant Allocated
2nd Sea Scouts Colac
Install 3 external floodlights to enable outdoor program activities during Covid19  $500
Colac District Cricket Association Video capture equipment to allow us to capture video of events for an online streaming service  $1,000


Colac Woodcrafters Guild  AED to be externally installed on Woodcrafters shed at Colac Showgrounds, accessible 24/7 for community and other user groups  $1,348


Colac Old Time Dance Club Inc Computer for music and instruction dance videos $727


Category 4 Building Facade Improvement Program

Project Name Grant Allocated 
Borne Apparel
Remove redundant signage & install new signage at new premises at 216 Murray St Colac  $2,640
The Flower Room Remove redundant signage & install new signage and paint façade at new premises at 158 Murray St Colac   $3,000
Hulms Bakery Painting shop façade  $550
Miss Kit Beauty Therapy & Makeup Academy Façade upgrade for new business – painting & signage  $2,610
Worldly Goods Façade upgrade – replacement signage  $800
Vitality Health Hub Remove redundant signage and install new signage  $3,000
 Colac Mallet Sports Club Inc  Croquet Courts Restoration  $3,709


List of Recipients - Round 1 - 2021-2022

Category 1 - Community Grants

Forrest Horse Riding Club

Viewing shelter shed revitalisation                                             


Birregurra Community Group   

Storage facility


Tomahawk Creek Cricket Club

Addition of second cricket practice net


Warncoort Tennis Club 

Divert water/mud away from tennis courts


Cressy & District History Group

Public arts project on Cressy water tower "Cressy, Our Story"


The Gerangamete Community Auspiced by Forrest Lions Club 

Refurbished tennis clubroom on the Gerangamete Recreation Reserve


Birregurra Preschool's cubby house 

Birregurra Preschool's cubby house and storage improvement project


Rotary Club of Colac West

Rotary show shed upgrade  $5,455 

Colac & District Historical Society Inc

Storage facility for the preservation of heritage collection $3,934

Red Rock District Progress Association                              

Cororooke Open Space: welcome gateway signs, history trail and diprotodon dig elements added to the park


Southern Otway Landcare Network (SOLN)

 SOLN Community Nursery Support Centre $10,000

Warrion Recreation Reserve Committee of Management

Reserve Seating Replacement $4,615

Simpson Car Club Inc

Safety suits  $4,262

Kawarren Recreation Reserve Committee Inc

Reserve External Toilet/Shower Facility Refurbishment $10,000

Beeac Golf Club Inc

 Water sustainability project (water tanks)


Pirron Yallock Committee of Management

Supply and install CCTV with 4 Cameras and Security Lighting $2,779

Alvie Football Netball Club Inc

Sparkly Clean Glasses


Warrowie Recreation Reserve




Category 2 - Community Events & Support Program and Major ‘Community Organised’ Events 

Rapid Ascent Pty Ltd                                                                                   

Otway Odyssey and Great Otway Gravel Grind 2022                                                                                      


Rotary Club of Colac 

 The 2022 Otway Trail Run


Birregurra Festival Committee Auspiced by Birregurra Community Group

Birregurra Festival   $5,000

 Warrion Public Hall Committee

110th Warrion Flower Show $3,636

Colac Show N Shine Committee Auspiced by Colac RSL Sub-branch

Colac RSL Show N Shine $5,000

Colac Kana Festival Inc

Colac Kana Festival 


Southern Exposure 

Run Forrest Trail Run 2022


Elliminyt Primary School

School Production


Otways Tourist Park

Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival


Anam Cara House Colac

10 year Anniversary Celebration Book Launch


IMG Pty Ltd

2022 Keiser Great Ocean Road Running Festival


Let's Talk

Colac Otway Wellbeing Expo


Creative Otways Inc Colac Otway Arts Trail

Colac Otway Arts Trail


Apollo Bay WordFest

Apollo Bay WordFest: Making Waves


Otways & Coast Permaculture Group

Otways & Coast Permaculture Workshop Program


Golden Gumboot (Community) Working Group Auspiced by Old Beechy Rail Trail Friends Inc

Hunt for the Golden Gumboot 2021 $4,730

Colac Chamber of Commerce

Colac Otway Business Excellence Awards


Gellibrand Community House Incorporated

Community Winter Dinner


Colac RSL sub branch

100 year anniversary of Colac RSL sub branch


Apollo Bay Seafood Festival Auspiced by Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce           

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival 2022 $10,000


Category 3 - Small Grants Program

Colac Camera Club                                              Upgrade digital projector system                                             $1,108  

Beeac Progress Association 

Concrete slabs for new picnic tables 


Apollo Bay Mechanics Hall

Exterior front repairs 


Irrewillipe Sports and Entertainment Complex



Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery (RRRTAG)

Purchase of Vacuum Cleaner & Coffee Machine 


Colac Pony Club Inc

Replacement of shade sails 


Colac Cake Decorators 

Teaching expertise 


Birregurra Landcare Auspiced by Upper Barwon Landcare Network

Riverbank Rehabilitation Project $1,250

Elliminyt Public Hall Inc

Install floor covering on hall stage and steps


Beeac Community Care Inc Let's get Buffed (Vinyl floor cleaning)



Category 4 - Building Façade Improvement Program

Cororooke General Store                                      Facade Clean Up                                                                    $2,888   

Apollo Bay Fishermen's Co-operative

Apollo Bay Fishermen's Co-op on Pascoe $3,000

Otway Plaza Body Corporate

Otway Plaza Shop Front Beautification $3,000

The Shop, Cororooke Auspiced by Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery

Improve the shop facade  $3,000


Building Facade Improvement  $667 

The Flower Room

Upgrading Facade $700

Colac Otway Disability Accommodation Inc

Minor works at the Leap shop $3,000

Captain George's Seafood   

Business Signage $3,000

Toshco Music 

Beautifying Facade by updating business signage


Colac Murray Street Market 

New signage and clean-up of awning $2,898
Cow Lick Books Cow Lick Bookshop Facade Upgrade $1,793         


Category 5 - Small Business Environmental Sustainability Program

Brae Restaurant Pty Ltd                

Purchase of a Closed Loop Organics Composting System                         


Great Ocean Road Brewhouse          

Going Green (Water Tanks) $3,992
Jo's Pantry

Dishwasher to provide sustainable usage of water

Sound Audiology Pty Ltd Clinic Revamp - insulation $2,000          





List of Recipients - Round 2 - 2020-2021

Category 1 Community Grants Program

Applicant Project Name Grant Allocated
Anam Cara House Colac Communal Courtyard Area $2,250
Apollo Bay Tennis Club Apollo Bay Tennis Clubhouse Roof Repairs & Ancillary Works $3,771
BCYF Landscape design an all abilities inclusive outdoor play space $4,680
Birregurra Bowling Club Replace leaking roof $5,000
City United Cricket Club Replace cricket nets $1,740
Colac Adult Riding Club Building an equipment storage shed $8,925
Colac Imperials Football Netball Club Website development $2,243
Colac Legacy Club Inc. Urgent upgrade to facility $4,043
Cororooke Hall Committee Hall solar electricity installation $7,388
Creative Otways Strategic planning for Colac Otway Arts Trail $6,644
Forrest Horse Riding Club Clubroom outdoor area paving $3,000
Forrest Public Recreation Reserve (Forrest Public Hall) Forrest Hall Heating & Cooling Upgrade $4,825
Gellibrand Community House Inc. Community Sporting Equipment $1,254
Irrewillipe Sports and Entertainment Complex Security upgrade $4,377
Larpent Hall and Tennis Reserve Footpaths and a cemented apron at the Hall’s entrance $3,437
Lavers Hill Hall Committee of Management Pimp Our Tank – paint the water tanks $4,079
Southern Otways Sustainable Inc An Energy Efficiency webinar $2,850
Warrion Cricket Club Inc Recondition our Mower $3,850
Wye to Wongarra Landcare Weed Control $7,312


Category 2 Community Events & Support Program  

Applicant Project Name Grant Allocated
Apollo Bay Arts Inc Apollo Bay Art Show Goes Global (online $5,000
Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce Launch the Lights in Apollo Bay – event to light up the pine $3,500
Apollo Bay Ladies Golf Club

Apollo Bay Ladies Golf - Covid Bounce Back (tournament & bring a friend day) $1,700
Colac City Band Colac City Band Carols by Candlelight $5,000

Category 3 Small Grants Program

Applicant Project Name Grant Allocated
Birregurra Pre-School Sandpit revival and new cover $1,125
Colac and District Cricket Association Inc Helmets for juniors $960
Colac Swimming Club Fit & Connected – fitness training equipment $1,579
Colac Woodcrafters Guild Inc. Air filters for machine room $1,698
Cororooke Tennis Club Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for Cororooke community safety located outside at tennis courts $1,450
Lions Club of Colac Inc Secretary laptop and printer $1,257
Rotary Club of Colac West Laser printer & binding machine $900
Skills Connection Gym equipment $1,099


Category 4 Building Façade Improvement Program

Applicant Project Name Grant Allocated
Colac RSL Sub Branch External painting of lower façade $1,157
Hot as Nails & Beauty Replace out of date signage $346
Iluka Motel & Restaurant Change the shop frontage $2,500
Think Water Colac Façade refresh $3,000


Category 5 Small Business Energy & Water Efficiency Upgrades Program 

Applicant Project Name Grant Allocated
Cardinals Milk Supplies Water catchment for wash down area – water tanks $5,000
Fernhouse Solar for Fernhouse accommodation $2,655
Forrest Brewing Company Hot water environmental efficiency upgrade $1,279
Rae St Relics Solar power installation for electricity & hot water $3,630
Steel Fabrication Concrete & Farm Services Solar power installation for electricity & hot water $1,751


List of Recipients - Round 1 - 2020-2021

 Category 1 Community Grants Program


 Project Name

 Grant Allocated  

Forrest Men's Shed  Forrest Men's Shed Solar Power   $7,650
Colac Makers Space Inc 

Growing arts opportunities at Colac Makers Space 

Apollo Bay Men's Shed Inc  Facilities upgrade  $5,000
Forrest Learning Centre  Mud garden for Preschool and Daycare Fun   $3,684
Warrowie Recreation Reserve  Facelift for Hall interior and Men's   $2,488
Forrest and District Historical Society  Restore Forrest Historical Lock-up  $2,500
Skenes Creek Advancement Association  Greening Skenes - Stage 2  $2,000
Irrewarra Cricket Club  Upgrade facilities   $5,512
Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery  Installation of a Security System   $4,875
Lions Club of Colac Inc  Shed renovations   $10,000
Wye River Separation Creek Community Association Inc  Wye River Extended River Walk   $9,128
Elliminyt Public Hall Inc  Repaint the Elliminyt Hall   $6,000
Beeac Golf Club Inc  Automatic watering system   $4,058
Colac and District Chamber of Commerce Inc  Colac District Chamber's Communications Project   $1,512
Birregurra Bowling Club  External seating  $5,000
Consrvation Ecology Centre  Kitchen Gardening in Colac Otway  $8,000
Colac Bowling Club Colac  Bowling Club Community Lawn Bowls Engagement Program   $3,691
Colac Golf Club  Accessible toilet for Colac Golf Club  $10,000


Category 2 Community Events & Support 

 Applicant  Project Name  Grant Allocated  
 Otway Tourist Park  Gellibrand River Blues & Blueberry Festival   $5,000 
 Creative Otways Inc  Colac Otway Arts Trail   $5,000 
 Warrion Public Hall Committee Inc  Warrion Flower Show   $5,000
 Elliminyt Primary School  Elliminyt Primary School Production 2020   $647
 Rapid Ascent Pty Ltd  Otway Odyssey & Great Otway Gravel Grind   $5,000
 Colac Kana Festival Inc  Colac Kana Festival   $5,000
 Colac RSL Sub Branch Inc  Colac Show 'n' Shine   $5,000 
 Colac Orchid Club Inc  Annual Colac Orchid Show   $1,000 
 Apollo Bay Word Fest  Apollo Bay Word Fest   $2,000 
 Apollo Bay Edible Garden Trail   Apollo Bay Edible Garden Trail   $1,360
 Pink Up Colac  Pink Up Colac   $2,000 
 Rotary Club of Colac West  Melbourne Cup Luncheon   $720
 International Management Group  Great Ocean Road Running Festival  $5,000  
 Forrest Lions Club special events branch  Forrest Soupfest  $5,000 
 Apollo Bay Seafood Festival  Apollo Bay Seafood Festival  $10,000 
 Barongarook Landcare Group  Otway Food and Fibre Showcase   $5,000 
 Colac Basketball Association Inc  Colac Basketball Junior tournaments 2021 Under 12 & 14 Under 16 & Under 18   $4,375 
 Southern Exposure  Run Forrest 2021  $5,000 
 Gellibrand Community House Inc  Community Dinner   $3,000 
 Colac Leisure Runners Inc Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run/Walk   $2,000


Category 3 Small Grants

 Applicant Project Name  Grant Allocated  
 Colac Otway Archers Inc  Purchase Defibrillator   $997 
 Alvie Cricket Club  Purchase playing equipment and new uniforms for 2020-2021 Cricket Season   $1,930 
 U3A Apollo Bay Inc  Remakery initiative – Equipment purchase   $918
 Corangamite Pistol Club Inc  Purchase AED defibrillator for club facility  $1,497 
 Colac Toy Library Inc  Toys and small storage shed for Toy Library   $1,750 
 Polwarth & District Tennis Association  Tennis Balls for Polwarth & District Tennis Association   $2,000 
 Warncoort Tennis Club  Court cleaning equipment for Warncoort Tennis Club   $882 
 Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club  IT upgrade   $900 
 Birregurra Landcare  Habitat Improvement Program  $2,000 
 Elliminyt Tennis Club  Defibrillator refit and Mount   $356 
 Beeac Progress Association  Park bench overlooking Lake Beeac   $850
 Barwon Downs Community Centre  Bain Marie for community  $ 1,700 
 Alvie Tree Planters  Lake Corangamite Reserve signage   $1,500 
 OCR FM  Booth Without A Roof   $1,980 
 Alvie Football Netball Club Inc  IT Upgrade for Football and Netball departments   $860 
 Beeac Community Centre Inc  Gloss the Floor   $600 
 Otway Districts Historical Society  Otway District Historical Society Panel Project   $2,000
 Positive Ageing Ambassadors  Wiser Driver & Safer Scooter Wiser Wheelchair courses   $1,800


Category 4 Building Facade Improvement Program  

Applicant Project Name Grant Allocated
GD & KA Balcombe PtyLtd Facade upgrade $2,342
The Farmer's Son Farmer's Son Facade Facelift $1,250
The Foot Man The Foot Man Facade $3,000
Stevens Communications Pty Ltd Improvement to shop $662


List of Recipients - Round 2 - 2019-2020

List of Successful Applicants  2019-20  Round 2

 Project Name  Grant Allocated

Cressy Bowling Club

Drainage Improvement Project


Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce

Norfolk Pine Lights


Apollo Bay Sailing Club

Sailing Program & purchase boats


Studio 92

Building Façade Upgrade


Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery

Host ‘Marooned’ Play & exhibition


Red Door Dance Co

Band Together Colac event



List of Recipients - Round 1 - 2019 - 2020

CATEGORY1 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 re-carpet 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


CATEGORY2 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


CATEGORY3 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


CATEGORY4 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 Recipients - 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



List of Recipients - Round 1 - 2018 - 2019

Category 1 Community Grants Program


Project Name


Grant Allocated 

 Red Rock Reserve Improvements Alive Tree Planters  $6,263
 Security Shutters Colac Pony Club Inc $2,765
 CWA Recipe Colouring Book Birregurra CWA $5,000
 Irrewillipe Hall Repair & Upgrade of Foyer Irrewillipe Sports & Entertainment Complex $5,653
Replace seating around the Arena & public areas Colac & District Pastoral & Agricultural Society (The Show Society) $9,023
 Purchase an equipment Trailer Colac & District Adult Riding Club $5,000
 Replace storage cupboards & drawers Birregurra Bowling Club $5,000
 Purchase Hurdles & 'Come & Try' Day Colac Little Athletics $4,025
 Purchase quilters machine & related equipment Birregurra Charity Quilters Group  $10,000
 Public Cycling Workstation Forrest Mountain Bike & Cycling Club $2,800
Replace Football Goal Posts Alvie Football Netball Club Inc $3,022

Winter Woodcraft - sculpture course to create a kinetic sculpture to be performed at WinterWild Festival in Apollo Bay Aug 2018

Marra Woorn Neighbourhood House Apollo Bay $5,000
Wye River Bushfire - Community Photo & Film Narrative  Wye River, Separation Creek & Kennett River Renewal Association $6,250
 Heating/Cooling system 3rd/4th Colac Scouts $6,490
Kitchen Upgrade  Warrowie Recreation Reserve $5,975
 Books for Beginners Rotary Club of Colac West $4,000
Re-coat floor surface at Elliminyt Hall  Elliminyt Public Hall Inc $2,623
 Welcome Wall - Gellibrand Rex Norman Park Gellibrand Garden Group $8,180
   TOTAL $97,069

Category 2 Community Events & Support

 Project Name Applicant Grant Allocated
 108th Warrion Flower Show Warrion Flower Show/Hall Committee $2,400
 School Biennial Production at COPACC Elliminyt Primary School $1,137
 Birregurra Festival & Art Show 2018 Birregurra Festival & Art Show auspice by Birregurra Community Group $5,000 
 Otway Odyssey & Great Otway Gravel Frind Rapid Ascent $5,000
 Colac Otway Arts Trail Otway Arts Trail $5,000
 Twilight Christmas Market Friends of Colac Botanic Gardens $2,000
Colac Kana Festival Colac Kana Festival Inc $5,000
Forrest Soup Fest Forrest Special Events Club $5,000
 Apollo Bay Edible Garden Trail Apollo Bay Edible Garden Trail $1,500
 Colac City Band's 72nd Carols By Candlelight Colac City Band Inc $4,510
 Specialist provided training Colac Cake Decorators $300
 25th Warm Winter Words Apollo Bay Arts Inc $1,150
Gellibrand River Blues & Blueberry Festival Gellibrand River Blues & Blueberry Festival $5,000
Pang - ngooteekeeya weeng malangeepa - ngeeye. Remembering our Future
Event held on 26 January
Caracaramigen: Colac Aboriginal Gathering Place $4,120 
Birregurra School of Rock Choir training & performance  Birregurra Primary School $2,000
Hunt for the Golden Gumboot  Friends of Old Beechy Rail Trail $3,500
Otway Food & Fibre Showcase 2019 Barongarook Landcare Group $5,000
 Great Ocean Road Running Festival IMG $5,000
School Production at COPACC  Colac West Primary School $1,410
Run Forrest Trail Run  Southern Exposure $5,000
Apollo Bay Seafood Festival Harbour Day Apollo Bay Seafood Festival $5,000
 WinterWild Apollo Bay WinterWild Apollo Bay $5,000
 Birregurra Drama Birregurra Community Arts Group $1,340
Otway Trail Run 2019 Rotary Club of Colac $2,000
Colac Basketball Tournaments   Colac Basketball Association Inc $2,000
 Amateur Theatre production & performance The Colac Players Inc $2,230
 Otway Harvest Trail Twilight Festa Otway Harvest Trail $2,000
Live in the Otways Otway Country to Coast Tourism Assoc. Inc $2,000
Colac Show'N'Shine Colac RSL Sub-Branch Inc $5,000
 Colac Orchid Club Annual Show & Display Colac Orchid Club $1,000
 Wild Otways Art & Ecology $1,000
Apollo Bay & Otway District Agricultural Show 2019 Apollo Bay & Otway District Agricultural Show $2,000
   TOTAL $99,597

Category 3 Small Grants

 Project Name Applicant Grant Allocated
 Sound equipment Colac Comeback Country Music Inc $1,123
 Sailing Club Rescue Boat Fit Out Apollo Bay Sailing Club Inc


 Safety enhancing pre-school equipment Apollo Bay Pre-School $1,000
 In the Back Room V22 - Book Publication Colac Writers Guild $575
Storage Solutions Birregurra Pre-school $1,281
 Purchase Lawn Mower Beeac Tennis Club Inc $250
Split-system air conditions for Club rooms Warrion Recreation Reserve Committee of Management $1,265
 Defibrillator U3A Colac Otway $1,684
 Interior refurbishment of Club Rooms (stage 2) Beeac Golf Club $717
 HUB Gaming Technology Upgrade Community Hub Inc (HUB Gaming) $583
Security System Irrewarra Cricket Club $2,000
 Purchase 2 x dust extractors Colac Woodcrafters Guild $968
 Electronic scoring for Runners Colac Leisure Runners Inc $1,000
Ipad for administration & display toy library & purchase small toys Colac Toy Library $1,000
Purchase over, cooktop & small freezer Colac Football Umpires Association Social Club $800
 Purchase Community Gym Equipment Wye River CFA $700
 Maintenance equipment for Arena Apollo Bay & Otway Riding Club $1,650
Old Beechy Rail Trail - new map Old Beechy Rrail Trail Committee of Management $1,345 
 Cororooke Hall replacement/upgrade of Chairs  Cororooke Hall Committee  $2,000
   TOTAL $21,652

 Category 4 Building Facade Improvement Program 

 Project Name Applicant  Grant allocated
 Verandah Repairs Hulms Bakery $2,000
 Repairs & Paint shop front Nireeda Homes/John Bethune $1,054
 Shop Front upgrade Lilly Pilly Gifts $2,000
Facade Improvement Ray Croft  $1,810
Facade upgrade Sportspower $2,000
 Facde refurbishment Colac Motorcycles $2,000
 Exterior painting Austral Hotel $2,000
   TOTAL $14,864