Community facilities on Corangamite Shire crown land have received a boost through extra funding from the Brumby Government.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said over $625,000 has been provided to community volunteers under the Government’s Stewardship in Action Program including Dixie, Kennedys Creek, Carpendeit and Deep Lake.
“The Stewardship in Action Program supports the work of Corangamite volunteers to improve public assets, infrastructure and facilities on Crown land,” Ms Tierney said.
The 2008-09 funding will support projects across Corangamite including:
– $4,000 for the Dixie Hall and Tennis Courts Reserve to replace iron on the hall roof to repair leaking;
– $3,633 for the Carpendeit Public Hall to improve the condition, safety and appearance and prevent further deterioration of the main hall, stage and amenity floors;
– $2,266 for the Kennedys Creek Hall to build a covered BBQ Area to protect the community using the hall from the weather;
– and $1,950 for the Deep Lake Recreational Reserve to harvest water off the roof of the rotunda/shelter.
Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings said The Department of Sustainability and Environment works with local committees of management to identify priority projects and over the past three years 193 projects have been completed.
“More than $1.7 million will be spent over four years through the Stewardship in Action Program,” Mr Jennings said.
“Victoria has about 1300 Committees of Management, made up of volunteers and municipal councils, who on behalf of all Victorians, manage more than 4500 Crown land reserves.
“Community facilities and assets play an important role in the lives of local communities, particularly in small towns in regional Victoria.
“Crown land reserves have a multitude of public benefits, providing tourism, sport and recreation venues, supporting our libraries and cultural activities and providing habitat for our native wildlife.
“Feedback from volunteers indicates that the Stewardship in Action program helps them to raise revenue for vital projects. The aim of the grants is to support the hard work by so many local Committees of Management and volunteers to enhance community assets.”