Program to protect local endangered species wins lion’s share of the 2012 Codrington & Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund

17 August 2012

A program to be implemented by the local Basalt to Bay Landcare network, which will monitor and assist in the protection of endangered species, has received the largest share of the $50,000 annual Sustainable Communities Fund for the Codrington and Yambuk area this year.

But this important environmental program represents just one of a vast range of initiatives that will be implemented by community groups around Port Fairy with help from Pacific Hydro’s 2012 Fund.

Other initiatives that were successful this year include: the Yambuk Cricket Club who will move their current cricket pitch in line with a mandate from their regional cricket body; chainsaw and safety equipment for the St Helens Rural Fire Brigade; a portable defibrillator for the Port Fairy Football Netball Club, and the Port Fairy Surf Lifesaving Club’s youth development program.

Pacific Hydro’s General Manager, Australia, Mr Lane Crockett was impressed by the standard and breadth of projects seeking funding in the area. “The range of programs seeking funding demonstrates the commitment that the community has towards its own sustainability.”

Projects supporting youth, older residents, tourism, culture, and social cohesion activities are all represented in the successful recipient list.

Mr Crockett asked unsuccessful applicants not to be disheartened. “It is important to remember that the Fund opens every year for the operating life of Codrington and Yambuk wind farms. We find the short listing process extremely difficult but most groups will receive a share of the $1million Fund at some point.”

“We congratulate the community groups who have received funding and extend our thanks to the Moyne Shire Council who have assisted us in reviewing applications. Their help has been instrumental in identifying local priorities,” added Mr Crockett.

The annual $50,000 Codrington & Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund supports community activities taking place within local areas surrounding the wind farms that support sustainability and community cohesion. Applications are assessed across environmental, health, sporting, cultural and educational categories.

View all successful recipients.