$173,000 in grants presented to 44 Sunraysia-based organisations

Published on 12 December 2017

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From installing solar panels at local kindergartens and a program to help cancer patients feel better about their appearance, through to restoration works to an historic steam engine, the latest recipients of Council’s grants program cover a diverse range of projects and groups in our community.

Council will tonight present 44 Sunraysia-based groups, clubs and organisations with more than $173,000 in funding through the Recreation, Community Projects and Environmental Grants programs.

Mildura Mayor Mark Eckel congratulated the latest round of grants recipients, not only on their successful applications, but for the countless hours of work and innovation they’ve put into their respective programs.

“I always look forward to our grants presentation evenings, as it’s a chance to find out more about some of the wonderful programs our community are running, as well as playing a part in their success through the funding we are able to provide,” Cr Eckel said.

“Looking through our list of recipients in this latest round of grant funding, the sheer breadth of projects and the people and groups in our community they cater for is amazing.”

Council’s Recreation Grants program provides financial assistance to local sport and recreation groups to maintain and develop their facilities as well as develop programs and opportunities for the community. There are 20 recipients who will receive more than $64,000 in this round.

The latest round of projects to receive funding in this category include road sealing at the entrance to Sunraysia Drag Racing Association’s Sunset Strip ($6000), building upgrades at the Mildura and Irymple Bowls Clubs ($6000 each), spectator seating for Mildura West Cricket Club and realignment of tennis courts at Red Cliffs Lawn Tennis Club.

The Community Grants program is designed to help non-profit organisations and groups with funding for innovative projects or service enhancements that target recognised high-need groups in the community. There are 18 recipients who will receive more than $89,000 dollars in this round.

Projects to receive funding this week include Sunraysia Animal Rehousing Group for its Happy Pet Community Education Program ($6000), Sunraysia Residential Services’ Get Physical @ Benetook Farm ($4572) to provide exercise options for people reliant on mobility aids, and Cancer Patients Foundation’s Look Good Feel Better program, which helps cancer patients manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment ($3000).

Council’s Environmental Project Grant program meanwhile helps local community groups and non-profit organisations with environmental projects that meet the goals of our Community and Council Plan 2017 – 2021. Six recipients will receive more than $19,000 in this round.

This round’s recipients include Mildura West and Irymple Kindergartens for the installation of solar panel systems ($4000 each), Zoe Support’s The Greening of Zoe, which outlines a range of energy and water saving measures at all four Zoe Support centres ($2691) and Greening Mildura’s Project Beanstalk ($1500).

“I’d like to thank all 44 grants recipients in this round of funding for their ongoing efforts in delivering innovative programs and facilities for our community and encourage other like-minded groups to apply for funding in the next round,” Cr Eckel said.

Applications are still open for Council’s Events Funding and Support Program grants scheme, which is designed for events held between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019. Applications will be taken until Friday 2 March 2018. For more information visit www.mildura.vic.gov.au.


Recreation Development Grant:






Mildura Horse Complex

Portable grandstand seating

Purchase of seating



Academy of Sport

Vertical jump testing equipment

Purchase of new equipment


Mildura Bowls Club Inc.

Bowling Green

Purchase of boundary pegs for bowling greens



Volleyball Inc.


Purchase of volleyballs


Mildura West

Cricket Club Inc.

Equipment upgrade

Protective equipment including helmets, batting pads and wicket keeping gloves






Exercise Circuit

Promotional maps for outdoor exercise



Merbein South Cricket Club Inc.

Cricket balls

Purchase of cricket balls


Merbein South Cricket Club Inc.

Portable scoreboards

Purchase of new portable scoreboards


Mildura District Ski Club

Accessible ski dock

Purchase of accessible ski dock







Recreation Facilities Upgrade:




Recommended Funding

Mildura Bowls Club

Kitchen Upgrade

Kitchen alterations including ceiling upgrade


Red Cliffs Lawn Tennis Club

Tennis Court Upgrade

Realignment of tennis courts to meet Tennis Victoria guidelines including new net posts and nets


Fire Brigade Cricket Club

Kitchen upgrade

Cabinetry, plumbing and electrical upgrades


Irymple Bowls Club


Kitchen upgrade

Cabinetry, plumbing and electrical upgrades


Merbein Junior Football Club

Timekeeper’s box

Construction of timekeeper’s box


North West Victoria Adult Riding Club

Kitchen upgrade

Installation of a new oven


Irymple Football Netball Club

Kitchen upgrade

Bench tops and plumbing upgrades


Mildura West Cricket Club

Spectator seating

Installation of spectator seating


Mildura & District

Gem and Mineral Club Inc

Building improvements

Ceiling upgrade and air-conditioning installation


Mildura West Cricket Club Inc

Storage shed

Construction of storage shed


Sunraysia Drag

Racing Association

Road sealing

Sealing of entrance road way







Community Project Grant Program



Project Title


Recommended Funding

Sunraysia Animal Rehousing Group

Happy Pet


Education Program

Promotion of responsible pet ownership, education workshops, Open Day event and increase membership.




Services Inc

Get Physical @ Benetook Farm

Outdoor bike and exercise circuit designed for all types of mobility aids.


Mildura Print


Incorporated T/A

Australian Print


Australian Print

Triennial -



Workshops for vulnerable groups and general public providing visual communication skills, self-esteem and inclusiveness.


Zoe Support Australia

Zoe Netball Team - a Game Changer

Develop a netball team, with provision of uniforms, transport, fees, coach and childcare.



Red Cliffs Cricket



Return of the Tigers

Purchase equipment and transport to reestablish junior

cricket for boys and girls


Mildura Fijian

Association Inc (MFCA) (auspiced by SMECC)

MFCA Mobile

Sports &



Mobile trailer to be utilised for transporting sporting and entertainment equipment.


Carers Victoria Mildura

4C's (Connecting,

Collaborating &


Provide a program of information, education and self-



with Carers)

help sessions for Family Carers.


Sunraysia Steam



McLaren Traction

Engine Restoration

Stage 3

Complete works associated with Stage 3 of restoration.


Kathleen Kelly Kindergarten

Bush Kinder

Providing opportunity to learn and explore their local natural environment.


Ouyen Livestock Exchange Inc.

Ouyen Livestock

Exchange Kitchen


Weatherproof and repair the kitchen to maintain health standards.


The Unit Support

Committee TS



Cadet Water Safety

Purchase of boat motor to assist with safety of the cadets whilst they participate in their water activities.


Cancer Patients Foundation

Look Good Feel Better

Assisting cancer patients to manage the appearancerelated side-effects caused by cancer treatment.


Mildura Red Cliffs Rifle Club Inc.

Electronic Target

Purchase an electronic target to replace manually manipulated cardboard targets.



Museum &

Heritage Society


Museum Shed

Power Installation

To install electricity to

museum shed enabling more display space


Mildura Turkish Islamic Ass.inc.

Youth Engagement Program

Educational programs to address drug use and mental health



Mallee Family Care Inc

Mildura Early Years Conference

Information session for the Community as part of Early Years Conference.



Academy of Sport


Body=Healthy Mind

Deliver holistic strength and conditioning training and education sessions.




Services Inc

Laneway Connection

Opening up one of the Red Cliffs laneways to connect the culturally diverse community with music, activity and food




Environmental Project Grant Program



Project Title







Waste not Want not @ Benetook

Recycle, Reuse,

Redesign equals reduced

waste and surplus items

that fill our land fill

accumulated in our community.


Mildura West Kindergarten

Capture the Sun

Install a solar panel system




(auspice by






Revegetation focus making “seed bombs” using native species and involving local students and agriculture experts

(and drone operator).






Solar Panels

Install a solar panel system


Christie Centre

Waste avoidance and waste reduction at Mildura Landfill Waste

Transfer Station

To reduce the amount of goods going into landfill at the Mildura Landfill

Waste Transfer Station.


Zoe Support

The Greening of Zoe

Introduction of energy saving and water saving features at all four Zoe centres.