31 community and recreation groups share in $229,000+ grant funding

Published on 25 November 2021

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31 different community groups and sporting clubs have benefited from the latest round of Mildura Rural City Council’s Community Grants program.

The successful grant applicants will share in more than $229,000 to deliver important projects and initiatives that benefit the wider community.

Mildura Mayor Liam Wood acknowledged the pivotal role community groups and volunteer organisations play in strengthening local communities and supporting residents.

“These groups and organisations really are the backbone of our communities,” Cr Wood said.

“Providing grants is one way Council can support the valuable work of community groups and thank the hundreds of volunteers who give up their time to make a difference.”

“Whether it be through arts, culture, sport, recreation, community connection, or environmental activities, I look forward to seeing how each grant recipient continues to contribute to making ours a great region to live,” Cr Wood said.

Among the recipients are Mildura Storm BMX Club who will use their $15,000 grant to construct a storage shed at their Aerodrome Ovals complex.

Club President Rob Faux said storage space was at a premium as member numbers grew.

“Five years ago we were lucky to have ten riders show up for a meet,” Rob said.

“Now we have around 60 riders and around 120 members and everyone is very keen to be back on the track again after lockdowns.”

Like most sporting and community groups, hard-working volunteers give up their time to keep the Mildura BMX Club running.

“It’s worth it when you see the difference it can make to a young kids’ life just by getting on a bike and being involved in the Club,” Rob said.

“We raise a bit of revenue through member fees and the canteen on race days. But it would take us a long time to raise $15,000, so we’re very grateful to receive a grant from Council”

Underbool Bowls Club received a $3,000 grant to purchase maintenance equipment, while Merbein Golf Club will put their $15,000 grant towards fitting out the kitchen in their new clubhouse.

A $1,672 grant will go towards new uniforms for Sunraysia Cancer Resources’ volunteer staff, who provide invaluable support and practical assistance to people diagnosed with cancer in our region.

OzFish Unlimited will invest their $10,000 grant in a series of restoration works to protect threatened native fish species at Butlers Creek, which forms part of the Kings Billabong Nature reserve.

For more information about Council grant programs visit mildura.vic.gov.au/Grants

Community Grants




Arts Mildura

Purchase of chairs and staging equipment to be used at The Arts Hub


Birdlife Mildura

The purchase of equipment to support the surveillance and monitoring of local bird species and populations


Coomealla Mildura Mountain less Bike Club

A female focused all abilities social mountain bike riding program


Helping Hands Memorials Australia

Host community open days at Nichols Point and Murray Pines cemeteries to encourage people to visit family memorials


Irymple Girl Guides

Purchase and installation of a new sign at the hall


Mallee Ninjas

A free one day pop up Ninja course open to children from across the Municipality to attend


Mildura Girl Guides

Purchase of camping equipment


Mildura Pistol Club

Purchase and install Solar Panels at the Mildura Pistol Club


Millewa Carwarp Landcare Group

Pest animal eradication program for the Millewa Carwarp region


Northern Mallee Leaders

Publication of a free Mental Health Magazine for our community


OzFish Unlimited

A series of restoration works on Butlers Creek to restore the natural water way for the support of threatened native fish species


Regenerative Communities

A nine session program to mentor 22 local participants on how to work in a regenerative way


Red Cliffs Secondary College

2022 College Variety Night


Royal Victorian Honorary Justices Association - Sunraysia Branch

Purchase of electronic equipment to support the training of Honorary Justices of the peace in the Mildura Rural City Council area


Sunraysia Cancer Resources

Purchase of new embroidered shirts for volunteer staff to continue the promotion of service in the community


The Embroiderers Guild Victoria – Mildura Branch

A series of workshops with an accredited Embroidery Master. A school scholarship and purchase of Embroidery Project kits



Recreation Development Grants

 Recipient  Project  Grant

Chaffey Trail Reference Group

Equipment to support volunteers leading Riverfront Ramble Walking Tour


Mildura Bowls Club

Equipment for new youth program


Mildura West Cricket Club

Equipment for new Under 17 girls team


Murrayville Sporting Club

Purchase of cricket safety equipment


Sunraysia Cricket Association

Equipment for Participation Officer community sessions


Underbool Bowls Club

Purchase of maintenance equipment



Recreation Facility Upgrade Grants




Bambill Football Club

Painting of internal walls in clubrooms


Irymple Football Netball Club

Install netball shelters


Irymple Progress Association

Cantilevered shade structure over existing seating/tables within the Lloyd Park Community area


Merbein Football Netball Club

Installation of electronic scoreboard


Merbein Golf Club

Equipment and fit out of kitchen in new clubhouse


Merbein South Cricket Club

Development of a lighting plan for Kenny Park


Mildura Basketball Association

Install digital display boards


Mildura West Cricket Club

Development of design of new cricket nets


Mildura West–Werrimull Sporting Club Inc

New cricket and football scoreboard


Mildura Storm BMX Club

Construction of storage shed


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