Latest Stronger Communities grants announced

January 18, 2018 BY

MORE than $140,000 in funding for projects across the region has been approved in round three of the federal government’s Stronger Communities Program.

One of the largest amounts is $20,000 towards a pool heating upgrade at the Apollo Bay Aquatic Centre.

Corangamite federal member Sarah Henderson said the pool heating was part of a larger $400,000 project to enclose the pool and heat it all year round.

“The Apollo Bay community has raised $220,000 to date including the Stronger Communities grant. This is an amazing effort.

“I am such a strong supporter of this project and will continue to work hard with community members to support the additional monies required to create a first-class community pool for Apollo Bay.

“I call on Colac Otway Shire to commit to funding the ongoing maintenance of the pool, which is integral to the success of this project.”

The Kennett River Association has received $20,000, which will cover half of the cost of building a wildlife walk at the Kennett River picnic ground. However, Ms Henderson said that with the number of tourists stopping to see koalas and birds, Kennett River needed much more infrastructure, including proper car parking and toilets.

“The state government must urgently prioritise public toilet facilities at Kennett River.

“The current situation is untenable. It is having a major impact on Koala Café’s business, on our reputation as a world-class tourism destination and immediate action is required.”

Other groups with approved projects in round three and their grants include:

  • Colac Scouts, 3rd 4th Colac Scouts new hall roof, $9,936
  • Colac Woodcrafters Guild, fitout of meeting room display area, $14,100
  • East Belmont Saints Baseball Club, training facility with lighting, $20,000
  • Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club, upgrade to Nippers amenity area, $2,850
  • Ocean Grove Tennis Club, disability access for pavilion $18,580, and
  • Rokewood Football and Netball Club, kitchen rooms upgrade, $10,000.