Hindmarsh grants to enhance community

HINDMARSH Shire Council has awarded more than $20,000 to community groups, Wimmera Counselling and Community Legal Centre and Dimboola Croquet Club missed out. 

Corporate and community services director Anne Champness said the counselling and community legal centre did not receive funding as their applicant was incomplete, while the croquet club’s request exceeded the funding limits and the club failed to provide sufficient evidence of additional external funding. 

Ms Champness said the Community Action grants program supports communities with money to provide services, self-help and assist community development.

She said 16 applications were received.

Rainbow Swimming Pool is one step closer to having their own defibrillator after receiving $1000 towards the $2490 cost. 

Nhill and and District Senior Citizens received $1000 towards the purchase of a laptop and projector for the centre while Nhill golf club received $675 to purchase a vacuum cleaner and the Rotary Club of Nhill successfully sought $730 for the purchase of a mesh barrier and steel posts. 

Nhill Aero Club, Jeparit and District Bowling Club, Dimboola Men’s Group, CWA Nhill Twilight Branch and Diapur Hall Committee and Nhill Lowan Lodge all received $2000 grants for minor facility upgrades. 

Rainbow Bowls Club received $1512 and the Dimboola playgroup $1920 to help repair walls. 

The Parkrun Nhill received $1000. Rainbow Lions club received $600 to help purchase an honour board for the Rainbow and Hindmarsh Citizen of the Year. 

Ms Champness aid the grants helped fulfill council’s vision of a caring, active community. 

The unsuccessful croquet club grant sought $4000 to purchase and construct a small shed to store equipment. Their applications aid the total cost was $4728 of which $288 was to be fundraised from the community. 

Wimmera Counselling and Community Legal Centre unsuccessfully sought $1000 to purchase a computer.