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May 20, 2016

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has announced Federal Government funding for 72 volunteer groups across Gippsland, totalling $250,000.

The groups include Gippsland Carers Association, Traralgon Apex Club; Lifeline Gippsland; Lions Club of Morwell; Sale Amateur Basketball Association; Heyfield Wetlands Committee of Management; Loch Sport Community House, Maffra Scout Group; Sale Central Rotary; East Gippsland Historical Society; East Gippsland Water Dragons; St John’s Ambulance, Paynesville Men’s Shed, Lindenow Preschool and Lakes Entrance Neighborhood House.

Details of all 72 groups to receive a grant from the Volunteer Grants Program are listed below.

The Volunteer Grants program provides funding between $1000 and $5000 to help organisations buy equipment, train volunteers, and support fuel costs.

“I am pleased that so many local groups will get much-needed support,” Mr Chester said.

“Our communities rely heavily on the time and energy of volunteers and the work they do
for the benefit and enjoyment of others.

“These grants are available to help reduce the workload of those who put their hand up and pitch in, and make it easier to recruit new volunteers to share the load.”

The local organisations to receive funding are:

Latrobe Valley

1 Hazelwood Cemetery Trust $3,325
2 Advance Morwell  $1,800
3 Latrobe Valley Community Choir, Morwell $5,000
4 Gippsland Carers Association, Morwell $4,960
5 Gippsland Gladiators Gridiron Club, Morwell $5,000
6 Gippsland Obedience Dog Club, Morwell $5,000
7 International Women’s Group, Morwell $5,000
8 Latrobe Community Health Service, Morwell $5,000
9 Lifeline Gippsland, Morwell $4,000
10 Lions Club of Morwell $5,000
11 Morwell Cricket Club $4,891
12 Morwell Croquet Club  $2,860
13 Morwell Neighbourhood House & Learning Centre $4,540
14 Senior Citizens of Greek Orthodox Community of Gippsland, Morwell $3,800
15 St John Ambulance (Vic) Inc – Latrobe, Morwell $3,051
16 Theodora House, Morwell $5,000
17 United Muslim Sisters of Latrobe Valley, Morwell $3,051
18 Traralgon Apex Club $5,000
19 Traralgon RSL Sub-Branch  $2,800
20 Traralgon T.O.W.N. Club $1,411

Wellington Shire

1
Devon Welshpool Won Wron Woodside Football Netball Club, Alberton West $5,000
2 A Better Life for Foster Kids, Sale  $5000
3 Dargo Community Planning Group $5000
4 Gippsland Woodcraft Group, Nambrok  $2565
5 Heyfield Wetlands Committee of Management  $2377
6 Lions Club for Licola  $5000
7 Loch Sport Community House  $4385
8 Loch Sport Public Hall Committee of Management  $3900
9 Maffra Scout Group  $3210
10 Merriman Creek Landcare Group, Stradbroke $4,895
11 Port Albert Yacht Club  $2,300
12 Quantum Support Services, Sale  $2500
13 St John Ambulance (Vic), Wellington  $3051
14 Our Haven Wildlife Shelter, Golden Beach  $2000
15 Sale Amateur Basketball Association  $4688
16 Sale Central Rotary  $4500
17 Sale Town Club  $1500
18 Woodside Beach Surf Life Saving Club  $3,450
19 Tarra Festival Committee, Yarram $4,750
20 Yarram & District Health Service $2,700
21 Yarram Agricultural Society $5,000
22 Yarram Toy Library  $1,200
23 Yarram Yarram Landcare Network $5000

East Gippsland

1 Bairnsdale & District Agricultural Society $3,487
2 Bairnsdale Neighbourhood House $5,000
3 Bairnsdale Pony Club $4,400
4 Crashendo Bairnsdale  $2,710
5 East Gippsland Historical Society, Bairnsdale $5,000
6 Eastcoast Boxing, Bairnsdale $5,000
7 St John Ambulance (Vic), Bairnsdale $3,051
8 East Gippsland Water Dragons, Bairnsdale $2,990
9 Bruthen Lions Club $4,997
10 Dargo Community Planning Group $5,000
11 Eagle Point Community Hall   $2,270
12 Eagle Point Landcare Coastcare Group $1,850
13 Goongerah Public Hall & Recreation Reserve  $1,800
14 Goongerah Good Foods $1,900
15 Lake Tyers Coast Action  $2,973
16 Lakes Entrance Neighbourhood House  $1,650

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