Gannawarra Shire projects receive funding

By Riverine Herald

FIFTEEN local projects will receive funding from round three of the Gannawarra Community Resilience Grants Program.

The successful applicants will share in $57,704 in funding from the Federal Government's Drought Communities Programme.

“This popular initiative has again been well received by the community, with the council receiving 45 applications seeking a combined total of $258,795 of support,” Mayor Lorraine Learmonth said.

“The successful projects will endeavour to keep the community connected, which is more important than ever during these unique times.”

One third of the projects include the development or upgrade of community gardens — including at Cohuna Consolidated School, which received support for the establishment of herb and vegetable gardens within the school's grounds.

“At a time where good news is scarce, I am very much looking forward to sharing this positive news with students, staff and parents. It will give us a positive project to focus on during this tumultuous year,” Cohuna Consolidated School acting principal Valerie Lobry said.

Cr Learmonth thanked all community groups and organisations for applying for funding at this time, and said she looked forward to seeing these projects come to fruition this year.

“Council is also committed to working with the unsuccessful community groups and organisations to provide suggested alternative funding opportunities where appropriate or identify other assistance which may be required to progress projects,” she said.

Projects that will be supported by Round 3 of the Gannawarra Community Resilience Grants Program are:

● Cohuna Consolidated School (The Vegie Patch);

● Cohuna and District Leos (Cohuna Retirement Village shelter over recreation area);

● Lions Club of Cohuna (fitting out the new Lions barbecue shelter);

● Kerang and District Community Centre (Food For Life / iPad for sign-in);

● Kerang District Health (Wellbeing Garden);

● U3A Kerang and District (purchase and installation of Smart TV);

● Koondrook Fire Brigade (community fire danger advice signage);

● Lake Charm Primary School (vegetable garden watering system and fencing);

● Lakes Community Development Group (Bringing The Lakes Community Together Through The Arts Stage 2);

● Leitchville Progress Association (community gardens upgrade);

● Macorna Recreation Reserve Committee (purchase of a 23,000-litre water tank for community use);

● Murrabit Advancement Association (Murrabit Country Market - Help Get Our Community Up and Running Post COVID-19);

● Murray Human Services (The Right Coverage for Vivid Living);

● Northern District Community Health (Women in the Warra health promotion campaign); and

● Quambatook Community Resource Centre (Hands Out Gannawarra).

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