Local groups secure funding

Congratulations to the successful local community groups on receiving the Federal Government’s 2015 Volunteer Grants.

Once again, Mount Alexander Shire has punched above its weight with over 40 successful local community groups securing over $161,000 to help support their volunteers. Grants of up to $5000 are used to help groups fund equipment and training for their volunteers. In recent years the grants have helped local groups shire acquire numerous defibrillators, catering equipment, first aid equipment, trailers, gardening tools and provides training in governance, food safety, financial management and conflict resolution.

In Harcourt, the Harcourt Progress Association secured $4,400 towards their Community Catering Kit whilst the Harcourt Heritage Centre received $3,965 to acquire a PA system for use at the annual Applefest and other local community events. Harcourt Preschool and Playgroup were also successful in their application, whilst other community shared the success with positive outcomes for the Taradale CFA, Taradale Hall Committee, Taradale Historical Society, Maldon Croquet Club, Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum and Newstead Primary School. In Castlemaine itself groups as diverse as the Probus Club, St Johns Ambulance, Sustainability Group, Castlemaine Circus, Salvation Army Thrift Shop, Growing Abundance, Buda House, Castlemaine Lions and the cycling, football, netball and cricket clubs were all lucky recipients. Congratulations!





The Mount Alexander Volunteer Network Inc. is an incorporated association whose Statement of Purpose is as follows:

The Mount Alexander Volunteer Network seeks to promote and progress volunteering by:

  1. Promoting volunteering and publicising volunteer opportunities;
  2. Encouraging partnerships and community collaboration;
  3. Advocating for increased funding, resources and opportunities;
  4. Identifying training and resource opportunities for the volunteer community;
  5. Acknowledging and celebrating the value and contribution of volunteers.

Supported by the Mount Alexander Shire Council

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