Community groups get boost from Campaspe Shire Council

By Lachlan Durling

COMMUNITY groups in Campaspe Shire are set to benefit from a funding boost after Campaspe Shire Council approved an increase in some grants programs.

As part of a policy amendment for grants and donations, council has split a range of community group operating grants from its formal sponsorship program.

“The remaining grant categories have funding allocations, some have a total amount to be allocated based on assessment of applications, but most are effectively operating grants or contributions/donations,” Campaspe Shire chief executive Declan Moore said.

“Reviews of the amounts allocated has also varied and some are so small that their effectiveness in providing support is considered weak.”

The budget for Australia Day celebrations in the shire has risen by more than $2000 to $14,125 in total, and council will absorb a training cost for community houses that previously took $500 out of their $7000 budget.

Contributions to historical societies has almost doubled to $500 per annum; the Rochester, Kyabram and Echuca Christmas light competition will share equally in $2250; the Tongala Times and Lockington News local newspapers will receive $500 each; the Campaspe East Timor Friendship will receive $750; allocations to hall committees will rise after September this year; and allocations to recreation reserve committees may rise after September.