Colac Otway community to share in $296,706 through 2019-20 grants program
June 27, 2019

Seventy-six community organisations, clubs, event organisers and businesses across Colac Otway Shire will share in $296,706 through Council’s 2019-20 Grants Program.

Colac Otway Shire Mayor Cr Jason Schram said festivals, shows, arts and environmental projects, sports equipment, solar and sound systems, building facades and community facility upgrades would be among the projects to receive financial boosts thanks to the annual grants program.

“Our community grants are always popular and we know that receiving a Council grant is often the difference of whether the applicants can afford the equipment, upgrade or project.

“We are fortunate to have volunteers across our shire who are involved in so many fantastic community services and groups, environmental groups, sporting organisations and events which make our shire a great place to live and visit.

“Colac Otway is also proud to support local businesses’ endeavours to improve everyone’s shopping experience and enhance our communities through the building façade improvement program.

“We congratulate the community groups, event organisers and businesses across Colac Otway Shire who have been successful in their applications and will contribute $4,675,839 to the projects and events.”

Colac Otway Shire Council 2019-20 Grants Program recipients include: 

CATEGORY 1 Community Grants Program
  • 2nd Colac Sea Scouts: Kitchen upgrade - 2nd Colac Sea Scout Hall $9,330
  • 3rd-4th Colac Scouts: Canoes for Scouts $2,265
  • Alvie Recreation Reserve Committee of Management: Paint and recarpet Alvie Recreation Centre $9,840
  • Apollo Bay Arts Inc. Gallery: Upgrade the gallery $6,800
  • Apollo Bay Bowls Club: Steel weather shelters $6,138
  • Apollo Bay Radio Inc: Outside live broadcasting equipment $7,379
  • Apollo Bay Youth Club: Commercial barbecue and shelter $5,469
  • Birregurra Bowling Club Inc: Tables, chairs & polish floor $5,000
  • Birregurra Cricket Club: Shipping container storage and landscaping $4,000
  • Colac Basketball Association Inc: Flooring, seating & equipment for basketball events $4,922
  • Colac City United Cricket Club Inc: Roller covers for the cricket pitch $2,484
  • Colac District Historical Society Inc: Controlled temperature unit for historical documents $5,800
  • Colac District Pastoral and Agricultural Society: Show jump equipment and trailer $8,415
  • Colac Pony Club Inc: Storage shed extension $10,000
  • Colac Table Tennis Association: Purchase 2 table tennis tables & accessories $3,376
  • Community Hub Inc - Youth Education Engagement Tribe (YEET): Outdoor arts project $5,000
  • Coragulac District Kindergarten: Enclose back verandah to create a learning sunroom $5,000
  • Forrest District Neighbourhood House: Community gym equipment $10,000
  • Forrest Horse Riding Club: Club room improvement - relining walls $4,000
  • Foodshare Colac: Purchase 2 freezers $5,700
  • Irrewarra Beeac Football Netball Club: Refurbishment of male change room $2,245
  • Lavers Hill Public Hall: Solar system $10,000
  • Marrar Woorn Neighbourhood House: Multi-media lectern system at senior's hall $2,200
  • Pirron Yallock Recreation Reserve Grounds Committee: Display cool room $4,325
  • Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery Inc: Modernise live theatre sound system $3,249
  • Rotary Club of Colac West: Books for Bubs and Beginners $5,000
  • Simpson Car Club Inc: Implement Point of Sale system $3,149
  • Southern Otways Sustainable Inc: Renewable Energy Road Map $10,000
  • Warrion Cricket Club: Resurface Oval with drought-tolerant turf $5,000 *subject to Cricket Vic grant outcome
  • Yeodene Public Hall & Recreation Reserve: Install 2 split systems for heating/cooling $3,699
CATEGORY 2 Community Events and Support
  • Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce Inc: WinterWild DogWatch 2019 $5,000
  • Apollo Bay P-12 College Production at Mechanics Hall Apollo Bay $1,000
  • Apollo Bay Seafood Festival 2020 $5,000
  • Apollo Bay Writers Festival $3,000
  • Bicycle Network’s Great Vic Bike Ride $5,000
  • Birregurra Festival and Art Show 2019 $5,000
  • Colac City Band Inc.: Carols by Candlelight $5,000
  • Colac Kana Festival $5,000
  • Colac Orchid Club Annual Show $1,000
  • Colac RSL Sub Branch Inc: Colac Show ‘n’ Shine $5,000
  • Colac West Primary School Production $1,127
  • Creative Otways: Colac Otway Arts Trail 2019 $5,000
  • Forrest Men‘s Shed: The Shed Grand Opening $2,000
  • Forrest Soupfest $5,000
  • Gellibrand Community House Inc: Gelli Jive – Community dinner & entertainment $2,000
  • Great Ocean Road Running Festival $5,000
  • Old Beechy Rail Trail Committee of Management‘s Hunt for Golden Gumboot 2019 $3,500
  • Otway Harvest Trail Twilight Festa 2020 $5,000
  • Otways and Coast Permaculture Group: Resilient Futures event $750
  • Otways Tourist Park: Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival $5,000
  • Pink Up Colac: 2 Campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer $1,380
  • Rapid Ascent Pty Ltd: Otway Odyssey and Great Otway Gravel Grind $5,000
  • Southern Exposure: Run Forrest Trail Run $5,000
  • Southern Otway Landcare Network: Corangamite Regenerative Agriculture Conference $2,000
  • Warrion Flower Show $5,000
  • Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative: Pang-ngooteekeeya weeng $3,999
     CATEGORY 3 Small Grants
  • Apollo Bay Preschool Inc.: Preschool maintenance equipment $700
  • Beeac Primary School Parents and Friends Association: The Brolga Project & community garden $1,926
  • Birregurra Landcare: Tools for volunteers $2,000
  • Colac and District Football Umpires Association: Computer and software, office cabinets & benches $1,814
  • Colac Little Athletics Club: Line marking equipment $1,672
  • Colac Otway Residents Action Group: Defibrillator in Colac West $1,425
  • Colac Otway Rovers AFC: Defibrillator and train members $2,000
  • Colac Swimming Club Inc: Swim club uniforms $975
  • Colac Toy Library: Toys for older children $1,909
  • Colac Woodcrafters Guild Inc: Workshop equipment $1,116
  • Elliminyt Public Hall Inc: Upgrade switchboard $935
  • Elliminyt Tennis Club: Equipment $882
  • Johanna Public Purposes Reserve Inc: Fencing $1,400
  • Polwarth and District Tennis Association: Tennis balls for Polwarth Tennis $1,995
  • Positive Ageing Ambassadors: Wiser Driver Course $1,455
  • South Colac Sports Club: Goal post safety padding $1,223
  • U3A: Cycle group bike racks $1,449
CATOGORY 4 Building Façade Improvement Program
  • BlueSky Outdoor & Parkview Games & Toys: Clean and paint façade $2,000
  • Cornucopia ‘The Drapery’ Birregurra: Refurbishment of shop front $2,000
    Gellibrand River Store: Façade improvement $1,289


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