Supporting our local communities

6 January 2014

As a New Year begins, we would like to say thank you to all the community groups we have worked with through our Sustainable Communities Fund  in 2013. It has been a pleasure seeing the many socially and environmentally sustainable initiatives come to life.

Over the past year, Pacific Hydro has contributed more than $240,000 to 79 community groups to put towards environmentally and socially sustainable projects that help make their communities a better place. This means the Fund has now distributed over $1.6 million to 561 projects since it began in 2005. That’s a lot of incredible projects!

The community groups we work with put in a lot of effort to develop these initiatives and embed a sense of spirit within their community, and everyone involved in the projects should feel very proud of what they have achieved. We are constantly inspired by the amazing ideas and dedication carried out by volunteers and community organisations every day.

Below are some examples of the wonderful programs being implemented in our host communities:

Codrington/Yambuk wind farms

• Base radio communications upgrade – Currently vessels at sea that are in distress and calling for assistance can go unheard. The Port Fairy Marine Rescue Service will purchase radio equipment that will allow them to communicate with professional fishermen, yachts and visiting international mariners operating in deep water, as well as boats operating in close waters. The service will also purchase a base computer and mapping software that will give them the ability to plot vessel positions in real time - $8,000

Challicum Hills wind farm

• Yang Blue Light Soccer Carnival – Children in the Ararat Rural City will have an opportunity to interact and build positive relationships with police officers through sport - $2,000

Clements Gap wind farm

• Function facility at the Redhill Oval – This grant will help install a concrete floor of the soon to be completed Redhill Oval Function Facility. The Facility will be used by the Redhill community - $10,000.

Portland Wind Energy Project

• Marine science scholarship program – The Blue Whale Study group will offer scholarships to four high school students with a keen interest in marine science. The four lucky students will be trained and mentored in marine science activities such as the basics of seamanship, the marine working environment and scientific research methods, including observation, photo identification and database management - $9,550.

We would like to thank all our community partners for their ongoing support over the years and wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.

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