Small grants, big gains for community groups

Published on 27 December 2018

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Members of Anglesea-Aireys Inlet Senior Citizens Club can look forward to more shopping trips thanks to Surf Coast Shire Council’s Small Grants Program.

The club was one of 23 organisations to receive allocations in a December grants round totalling $38,858.

Its $1655 boost will enable increasing of seniors trips to Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre from one to two a month, in response to increasing popularity.

Driver Jenna Crawford accepted the grant on behalf of the club during a buoyant grants presentation ceremony in Council’s chamber and said club members were always deeply appreciative of the outings.

Grants ranging from $345 to $4488 provided welcome boosts for a range of community projects including environmental work, preservation of history, sporting equipment and facility improvements and provision of a defibrillator at Jan Juc Beach.

Mayor Rose Hodge welcomed guests and was joined by fellow councillors Martin Duke, Libby Coker and Margot Smith for presentations.

Four grants went to organisations in each of Winchelsea, Lorne and Anglesea wards and 11 to Torquay ward.

“The grants presentation ceremony is always a wonderful event,” Cr Hodge said.

“Some of the grants might be only a few hundred dollars but you can see the joy that they bring the wonderful people in these largely volunteer groups, who work so hard for the good of our communities.

“Raising money for projects can be tough. These grants can make such a difference.”

Peter Forster of Angair and Sue Guinness of Surf Coast Repair Café spoke at the ceremony, outlining work undertaken as a result of grants received last year.

Council delivers two grant rounds each year.

December 2018 grant recipients:

  • Anglesea Community Garden, $2000 for sustainable food growing and household waste reduction workshops.
  • Anglesea Community Network, $1786, communications and outreach.
  • Anglesea and District Table Tennis, $410, fences between competition tables.
  • Anglesea-Aireys Inlet Senior Citizens Club, $1655, increasing shopping trips.
  • Lorne Community Connect, $2500, art class equipment.
  • Lorne Bowls Club, $2000, bowls mats and scoreboard.
  • Lorne Historical Society, $2324, electronic storage and sharing of stories of Elders of Lorne.
  • Lorne Country Club, $2575, tennis court improvements for community use.
  • Torquay Food Aid, $600, relocation communications.
  • Torquay Netball Club, $2000, supporting a 2020 masters women’s tournament.
  • Torquay Museum Without Walls, $2000, book recording stories of World War I service men and women from the shire.
  • Surf Coast Football Club, $4488, secure storage area for portable goals.
  • Surf Coast Relay for Life, $660, signage raising cancer awareness.
  • Jan Juc Coast Action, $2000, control of invasive gazania plants.
  • Torquay Surf Life Saving Club, $1000, rash vests for new junior program.
  • Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club, $1000, subsidising transfer for bronze medallion camp during clubroom renovations.
  • Surf Coast Badminton Association, $2000, court hire and equipment for new association.
  • Torquay Boardriders Club, $3000, defibrillator installation at Jan Juc beach amenities block.
  • Surf Coast Secondary College, $1000, trailer for programs outside normal curriculum, and community use.
  • Connewarre Landcare, $345, equipment for planting of 6000 indigenous trees at Connewarre Reserve.
  • St Thomas Anglican Church, $1000, playground for children of Mainly Music participants, and community.
  • Lions Club of Winchelsea, $514, hydraulic pallet lifter for paper recycling program.
  • Bellbrae Cemetery Trust, $2000, installation of plaques acknowledging pioneer families.