A FULL-size boxing ring at the Leongatha training gym for the Corner Inlet Boxing Club, valued at $11,853 will go ahead thanks to a South Gippsland Shire Community Grant.
So too will the preparation of a $14,000 business development plan by the Leongatha and District Netball Association that will eventually lead to hundreds of thousands being invested in the complex there.
And $5000 will be put towards the $15,000 cost of replacing the stern drive on the Port Welshpool Volunteer Coast Guard’s 40-foot rescue boat.
Last Wednesday night, the council handed out $188,140 that will leverage up well in excess of $1/2 million in community projects over the next few months.
In most cases the funds were eagerly anticipated and often essential.
That’s certainly the case where repairs to the volunteer coast guard’s vessel are concerned.
“The water police will respond from Paynesville but they are often several hours away and we’re the closest responder,” said coast guard volunteer, Tony Cook.
“Yes, it can be a difficult stretch or water (Bass Strait) but the vessel we have was formerly used by the water police and a high level of training is essential. We also have a number of offshore fishermen in the group.”
According to the information provided at the presentation ceremony, the vessel suffered a failure of its starboard stern drive and the coastal patrol was unable to undertake search and rescue around Wilsons Promontory and the boating and hiking community was at risk while the vessel was out of action. A grant of $5000 from the shire will seed a project cost of $15,000.
Speaking on the night in Leongatha last Wednesday, Mayor Cr Ray Argento said a total of $3 million had been allocated to the community in the past 10-11 years.
“Congratulations to all the community groups who were successful in receiving funding in what was a competitive pool of applications this year.
“It has been fantastic to see the number of projects that will now enhance the quality of life, heritage, recreation and cultural opportunities within South Gippsland as a result of this funding.
“The drive and commitment of the South Gippsland community is amazing. Everyone should be proud of their efforts to date and continue to aspire towards new heights,” said Cr Argento.
He said some adjustments had been made to the Community Grants program to make provision for small Emergency Grants and Dairy Tight Times Support events programs.
Successful applicants were awarded under several categories including Minor Projects and Equipment; Celebrations, Festivals and Events; Major Projects and Planning and Development Studies.
“Council has now allocated almost $300,000 to more than 90 projects through the Community Grants Program in 2016/17.
Community groups can now apply for Round One of the 2017/18 Community Grants Program which is open until August 31, 2017.
Those interested in making a submission can find both the guidelines and application on Council’s website at www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au/grants.