MORE BUSHFIRE RECOVERY PROJECTS FOR EAST GIPPSLAND

Community groups and facilities across Victoria’s bushfire-affected areas will share in over $400,000 in grants to support local projects, enhance service delivery and boost community pride.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Jane Garrett, congratulated the successful recipients and encouraged other community groups to apply for the Bushfire Recovery Grants for Community Facilities and the Bushfire Recovery Grants for Local Government Authorities and Community Service Organisations.

The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund will receive $375,252 under the grant for community service organisations to develop a new technology and operating platform to help expand their important work.

Clifton Creek Tennis Club will also receive a $50,000 grant for community facilities to upgrade multi-use courts and modernise co-located facilities.

Robyn Hermans, Secretary/Treasurer of Clifton Creek Tennis Club Inc., said that “receiving word of our successful application for the Clifton Creek tennis court facilities upgrade through Bushfire Recovery Victoria was a great feeling.”

“It’s been a tough year for so many people and having some community projects get the go-ahead with funding assistance is very positive”, she said.

“We look forward to inviting the wider Clifton Creek community to come and have some fun when the new playing surface is ready.”

Other successful recipients of the grant for community facilities include East Gippsland’s Great Alpine Gallery, opened over 20 years ago by local artists living in Swifts Creek and Omeo. The gallery is also a thriving community centre and acted as a safe haven after the bushfires to give locals and emergency response teams a place to visit and connect with others.

The Great Alpine Gallery will use the funds to refresh the building’s exterior and ensure it is more energy efficient. Work will be undertaken by local tradespeople.

Further funding is available under the two grant streams, which are jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments as part of the $86 million Community Recovery Package. To see more or apply, see the community grants available at www.brv.vic.gov.au/financial-support.

In addition to these community grants, the Australian and Victorian Governments are also funding the $68.6 million Local Economic Recovery Program to back both big projects to boost the regional economy, and smaller, local-level projects that will make a difference in communities. Grants of up to $5 million and $2 million are available in the program. Applications opened on October 29 and can be viewed at www.brv.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Jane Garrett, Member for Eastern Victoria Region

“GERF really went above and beyond after the fires to cater for the community, and this grant will help them continue their good work now and into the future.”

“If you’re in charge of community facilites that need a refresh, or your work hard for the community and seek extra support, then visit brv.vic.gov.au to find out more about these grants.”