Victorian dairy communities receive $100,000 philanthropic investment

Strong communities are built on strong family farms, and in the International Year of the Family Farm, we are pleased to announce the 31 grant recipients for the 2014 Working in Dairy Communities program funded by the Gardiner Foundation.

The recipients, from all three Victorian dairy regions, were announced today at a reception at Parliament House in Melbourne.

The annual program has been funded by the Gardiner Foundation and delivered by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) since 2002. Its aim is to strengthen Victorian Dairy communities by providing up to $5,000 for local projects to improve infrastructure and address local issues with local solutions.

Gardiner Foundation Chairman, Mike Taylor, said “After running this program for 12 years, we continue to find that a cash injection can be the catalyst which enables community groups to achieve projects of impressive scope, often well beyond the original expectation.”

“In small communities, local businesses, support networks and family farms are essential to maintaining strong and vibrant towns. Ninety-nine percent of Australian farms are family owned and operated, so in this International Year of Family Farming, it is a great time to acknowledge the enormous contribution farming families make to our overall social fabric,” said Mr Taylor.

The Australian dairy industry directly employs 43,000 Australians on farms and in factories, while more than 100,000 Australians are indirectly employed in related service industries.  Dairy is one of Australia’s leading rural industries, adding value through downstream processing and generating economic activity in country regions. The Gardiner Foundation and FRRR are proud to support the well-being of our small Victorian dairying communities and the families that farm in them.

Ian Sinclair, Chairman of FRRR, said “We are delighted to support a range of projects, from school curriculum extensions to support for people with disabilities, the arts, local history and the environment. This breadth of themes reflects the issues and priorities identified by local communities, and enables them to implement local solutions to local problems.”

The Gardiner Foundation’s investment of $100,000 is widely and evenly distributed across Victoria’s three principal dairying regions. Each year the total grants requested exceed the funds available, which highlights the ongoing need for this philanthropic investment.

Past recipient, Valencia Soldier's Memorial Hall President Gary Rose said “We appreciated the Grant. It would have taken us a long time and many events, to raise the extra money required to undertake our project.”

Similarly, the Macarthur Advancement & Development Association Vice President John Bragg said “We are really appreciative of the grant. It came along at the right time to re-enthuse us after a series of knock-backs. We are confident that Macarthur is really benefiting from our project.”

The full list of 2014 grant recipients is below.






Gormandale Recreation Reserve Committee Inc. 

Gormy's Happy Healthy Community Kitchen
Kitchen refurbishment to OHS standards for only registered community kitchen in region.



Grow Lightly Connect Ltd.

South Gippsland Feeding South Gippsland
Equipment and renovations to facilitate storeroom and distribution hub for local food enterprise.



Kongwak Public Hall Inc.

A Jump Starter For Kongwak
Semi-automatic defibrillator accessible to all community hall users.



Lindenow & District Preschool Inc.

Occasional Care
New educational age-appropriate outdoor equipment for combined community Kindergarten and Childcare service.



Loch Public Hall Inc.

Make The Loch Hall Warm In Winter & Cool in Summer Heating and cooling infrastructure update for well used community hall.



Mirboo & District Historical Society Inc. 

Modern Filing System
Update to office supplies to enable use of modern filing systems.

Mirboo North


CFA Pound Creek Rural Brigade

Pound Creek Heart Beat
Automatic External Defibrillator, accessories and training, for station and accessible to all.

Pound Creek


Rotary Club of Trafalgar 

Trafalgar Community Garden

Workshop, garden tools and infrastructure to establish community garden.



South Gippsland Hospital 

Heading Off 'At Risk' Youth Through HEEADSSS

Development of program specific assessment tools and techniques for early intervention and support for youth mental health.




Corryong Men's Shed Inc.

Supporting Each Other
A Mitre Saw to enable Men's Shed members to safely and efficiently build wooden furniture.



Girgarre Community Group Inc. 

Quilts for Kids
Advanced tutoring, equipment and materials for quilting group which produces quilts for charitable appeals.



Girgarre Development Group Inc.

Walk The Line
Development of a section of the region's Rail Trail which will eventually connect to Rushworth.



Kiewa Catchment Landcare Group

Learning from our Elders-Recording the Environmental history of the Kiewa Valley
Documenting stories of older farmer's experience of landscape change and vegetation management.

Kiewa, Kergunyah, Gundowring, Dederang, Running Crk, Kancoona & Tawonga


Lions Club of Tongala Inc.

Up-Grade Walking Track
New picnic facilities, resurfacing walking track and revegetation of the precinct to enhance Reserve use by locals and tourists.



Mitta Valley Multi-Purpose Children’s Centre Association Inc.

Keeping Current for the Kids
New furniture for kindergarten, childcare and playgroup.

Mitta Mitta


Mount Beauty Basketball Association Inc.

Stadium Air
Cooling system for Stadium which is the Safe Meeting Place in the event of emergency.

Mount Beauty


Numurkah & District Tourism Association Inc.

Numurkah Foodbowl Festival
Support for operational costs of local food festival in the establishment and growth phase.



Rochester Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc.

Support for operational costs of local children's festival in the establishment and growth phase.



Stanhope & District Men's Shed

Tapping Into New Potential
Provision and installation of hot water systems for Men's Shed.



Tatura Children's Centre Inc. 

Alive & Cooking With Kids   
New kitchenette suitable for use by children, so the curriculum can include cooking activities.




Alvie Consolidated School

Enhancing Play & Performances At Alvie and Across the District
Resources for school Lego club which provides co-socialisation for the region’s autistic children.



Heywood District Secondary College

Rearing to Grow
Calf rearing shed to expand the school's farm and support curriculum extension activities.



Kirkstall Recreation Committee 

Kirkstall Kreative Play-scape
Support for planning and installation of community led playground development.



Panmure Action Group Inc. 

Fencing for Fun
Playground fencing to ensure children's safety from passing traffic on the Princess Highway.



Port Fairy Consolidated School

Kids Cooking with Dairy-a dairy-e.experience
Field trips to dairy production sites, dairy cooking demonstrations at local shows and production of a dairy cookbook and launch day.

Port Fairy


Red Rock District Progress Association Inc.

Linking Our Community
A track to create a safe walking and bike route between Cororooke and Coragulac.

Cororooke & Coragulac


Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery Inc.

Upgrading the Gallery
Outdoor blinds to assist with climate control and increase hanging space in community gallery.



Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria - Terang Branch

"Wheels of Ability" A custom built dual purpose horse carriage
Equipment to enable an increase in the numbers and ability ranges of participants in the riding program.



Terang & District Lions Club Inc. 

Walk Track
Resurfacing walking track and revegetation of precinct to increase use of Reserve by locals and tourists and improve biodiversity connectivity.



Timboon & District Kindergarten Inc.

Fencing For The Future
Fencing to enable extension of playground for community Kindergarten.



Wiridjil Rec Reserve 

The Kitchen's Where The Heart (Community) Is At

Refurbishment of hall kitchen and provision for new outdoor BBQ shelter and tables.




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