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Toongabbie Golf Club is among 42 community organisations from across Gippsland to share in $20 million under the Volunteer Grants program.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said 11 organisations from the Latrobe Valley and nearby districts would each receive between $1000 and $5000 to support volunteers.

“A total of more than $145,000 has been allocated to community-run organisations in Gippsland,” Mr Chester said. “Of that money, almost more than $35,000 will be shared by groups from Latrobe Valley and the surrounding area.

“Toongabbie Golf Club successfully applied for a $3000 grant. Many of the volunteers bring their own tools to do jobs around the club. This money will enable to club to buy safe and reliable maintenance equipment for them to use.

“The money will also be used to purchase a barbeque so the club can put on casual functions to recognise the volunteers’ hard work, unite the club and build the bond between members.”

“Volunteers devote a lot of time raising money to buy much-needed equipment and undertake various activities. Through the Volunteer Grants program, we can give them a helping hand and make their roles as volunteers easier and more enjoyable.

“The grant money can be used to buy equipment, such as computers, pay for training courses, undertake background checks, and reimburse volunteers for transport costs.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community and by continuing to help each other and work together, we are building a stronger and safer Gippsland.”

The recipients include:
• Latrobe Catchment Landcare: $1047 for two power planters to dig holes;
• Yinnar and District Memorial Hall: $2443 for a lectern;
• Latrobe Community Health Service: $5000 for equipment and training for volunteer biography program;
• Heyfield Community Resource Centre: $2500 for outdoor furniture;
• St John Ambulance Latrobe division: $1800 to update computer software;
• Latrobe Valley U3A: $2500 for a photocopier, garden tools and computer equipment;
• Carrajung Community Group: $5000 for its hall revival project;
• Rosedale Recreation Reserve Committee: $4600 for storage, chairs, tables and electronic equipment;
• Traralgon SDA Church: $2500 for a shipping container for shelter and storage;
• Toongabbie Golf Club: $3005 for maintenance equipment and a barbeque; and
• Barrier Breakers: $5000 for travel expenses, training, background checks and a computer.

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