Kyabram and district community groups granted funding

By Jared Prestwidge

KYABRAM Blue Light, Stanhope and District Men’s Shed and Tongala and District Memorial Aged Care Service were among the 16 local community groups and organisations in the Nicholls electorate recently awarded a funding injection by the Federal Government.

Federal Member for Nicholls Damian Drum said the aim of the grants was to provide support and recognition to our volunteers.

“While the work of our volunteers may be unpaid, it is not unrecognised,” Mr Drum said.

“From fighting bushfires, delivering food to vulnerable Australians in isolation and helping with weekend sport, they are all local champions.

“Their contribution is vital to ensuring that we continue to support families, provide employment pathways for young people and strengthen community resilience.”

Of the $65,000 total, Kyabram Blue Light received $1000, Stanhope and District Men’s Shed received $4520 and Tongala and District Memorial Aged Care Service received $5000.

First constable Mitchell Bull said Kyabram Blue Light planned on using every cent to help their events continue to improve.

“We’ll be using the grant to get a gazebo as well as general volunteer supplies to make the Blue Light volunteer’s jobs easier but also take the strain off volunteers having to provide their own equipment and shelter for our activities and events,” he said.

“It’ll cover basically everything we were after.”

Stanhope and District Men’s Shed treasurer Des Crighton said the majority of their funds will go towards a new table saw.

“You can always use grants. Most men’s sheds wouldn’t function without them, they would close if they only relied on what they sold,” he said.

“We’re always very grateful for the support.”