Outdoor facilities receive funding boost from Sustainable Communities Fund

12 November 2013

Outdoor facilities across the Ararat Rural City have benefited from Pacific Hydro’s Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund.

The Buangor Community Sports Ground, Ararat Landcare, Willaura Primary School, Regional Biolinks Network, Elmhurst Golf Club and the Croquet Club all received funding that will assist in updating outdoor equipment and facilities.

“Improving Ararat’s outdoor facilities will encourage the community to get active in the open air while socialising with friends or enjoying quality time with their families,” said Executive General Manager for Australia, Mr Lane Crockett.

Other projects to benefit from the $50,000 Fund include the Lion’s Literacy Programme – which allows local students to attend workshops to advance their language and reading skills; a dental health program for primary school kids and an eco-friendly combined washer/dryer for the St Andrew’s Kindergarten.

“Volunteers are the backbone of regional areas and the community should be proud of the wonderful work being achieved by these groups,” said Mr Crockett.

He also asked community groups who missed out on funding not to be disheartened.

“The Fund Allocation Panel spent considerable time debating which projects should receive funding due to the high calibre of applications. We hope unsuccessful recipients will consider reapplying next year,” said Mr Crockett.

All 24 successful community groups were awarded their funding at a special cheque presentation ceremony today [12/11/2013] at the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre.

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

The Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund covers environmental, health, sporting, cultural and educational projects and is available each year for the life of the Challicum Hills wind farm’s operation.