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A fireworks display, lantern parade and arts workshops for children will entertain locals and visitors alike in Port Albert on Easter Sunday.

The activities have been made possible after the Tarra Festival Committee received a $9310 grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, a not-for-profit organisation.

The foundation has provided grants to communities around the nation through its Tackling Tough Times Together program, after receiving $15 million from the Australian Government.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Easter activities on April 21 would unite people from Port Albert and the surrounding areas.

“Many across Gippsland have told me how important these events are in bringing people together and giving them an opportunity to discuss what they are going through and how they are feeling,” Mr Chester said.

“It is remarkable how small communities find strength in difficult times. Events like this one in Port Albert will provide another important chance for those local connections to grow and strengthen.

“The Federal Government’s contribution, together with generous donations by individuals, major companies, government agencies and other not-for profit foundations, speaks volumes for the ability of all Australians to come together to help one another when they need it most.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Tackling Tough Times Together program supported projects in many small, drought-affected communities.

“Nationally, these grants are going to a range of local organisations, including community associations, show societies, progress committees and environmental groups, to support projects that reduce social isolation, enhance community health and wellbeing, and build volunteer and organisational capacity,” Mr McCormack said.

“This first call for applications resulted in enquiries from four states. Almost two-thirds of applications came from communities of fewer than 5,000 people, 33 of which have populations of less than 500.

“So it’s great to support community groups in small towns where the opportunity for local fund raising is limited.”

For more information, visit www.frrr.org.au/grants/tackling_tough_times_together.

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