Ararat groups set to benefit from $50,000 Sustainable Communities Fund

25 November 2014

Pacific Hydro’s Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund will award $50,000 to 16 local organisations working to implement socially, economically and environmentally sustainable projects within the community at a presentation ceremony this week.

Updating technology was a priority for a number of groups, with the Ararat Musical Comedy Society purchasing wireless microphones to use during performances, Pinnacle providing young people the opportunity to use smart tablets at their facilities, and Ararat Neighbourhood House receiving laptops for education and training purposes.

Pacific Hydro Executive General Manager for Australia, Mr Lane Crockett, said he was pleased to see a wide range of projects successful in this year’s funding round.

“The Fund supports projects and programs in five key areas – health and welfare, education and training, sport and recreation, the environment, and the arts,” said Mr Crockett.

“In Ararat Rural City this year, we have at least one project funded in each area, which is fantastic to see.”

A Fund Allocation Panel is responsible for assessing and allocating funding, and consists of community members, Council representatives and Pacific Hydro staff. The Panel has been established to further community involvement in the fund distribution process, and ensure that community priorities are met.

“This year’s Fund Allocation Panel decided to wholly fund as many projects as possible,” said Mr Crockett.

“We hope that this will assist groups in completing their projects earlier so that the positive outcomes can be seen by the community.

“We congratulate the community groups that received funding and extend our thanks to the Fund Allocation Panel members, which included community members and Pacific Hydro staff, for carefully considering each application and allocating the funds.”

All 16 successful groups will celebrate at a presentation ceremony on Wednesday [26/11/14] at the Ararat Bowling Club.

The Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund supports environmental, health, sporting, cultural and educational projects and will open again in August 2015. More information regarding the Fund can be found here. Questions should be directed to