Council announces community grants

Historical walking tracks and water conservation are key themes of Council’s $90,000 community grants program for 2009/2010.

The Mount Beauty United Cricket Club received the largest grant of the program. They received $20,000 to help upgrade the recreation reserve's irrigation system. The automated system is a water saving initiative and will reduce consumption and maintenance costs while increasing efficiency. Council is delighted with the club's contribution to the project.

Similarly, Council will fund almost half of the Myrtleford Bowls Club's lawn irrigation project. The $9,315 project will see the installation of a rainwater tank and irrigation system to help maintain the greens.

The Bright and District Historical Society and Riverside Walks Committee will receive over $10,000 between them to educate residents and tourists on the rich heritage of Bright.

$7,060 will be given to the Historical Society to develop a walking trail around Bright's historical sites. Each site will feature a blue plaque which will provide information on that sites significance. A brochure will guide people around the trail.

The Riverside Walks Committee will receive $3,056 to inform residents and tourists about the history and heritage of the upper Ovens River, including gold mining, wildlife and local families. The project will also emphasize the value and importance of recent conservation and restoration measures.

Manager Community Services Trevor Britten said there had been many great applications for the community grants program.

"Usually we release the grants over two rounds," he said.

"But because of the number and quality of the applications, we're announcing 22 grants at once. Our walking tracks are great assets to the community but I think they deserve greater recognition. These grants will not only improve and attract more people to these historical tracks, they will also be a great learning tool for local residents and visitors to our shire."

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