Over $120,000 in grant funding awarded to Victorian Dairy Communities

Bendigo, 11 July 2019: Twenty-six projects in Victoria's three dairy regions will share in $120,326 in grant funding from the Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program, run in partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal. 

Simpson & District Community Garden

In its 17th year, the Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program offers up to $5,000 to help build Victorian dairy communities’ capacity to deal with local issues and enhance existing community infrastructure.

Gardiner Dairy Foundation Chief Executive, Clive Noble, said the grant funding aimed to strengthen dairy communities through supporting local initiatives.

“These grants help to create more resilient communities, enhance infrastructure and assets that all local people can benefit from,” Dr Noble said.

“Many of these projects leverage support from multiple sources to build community facilities where locals gather, like halls and clubrooms; support lifelong learning through education and training; and create community arts and health programs. Others look to contribute to creating a more vibrant, cultural community.”

“The Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program continues to bring us these wonderfully creative ways of strengthening the various support mechanisms that many of us, at one time or another in our lives, will fall back on,” said FRRR CEO, Natalie Egleton.

“I’m continually amazed by the exponential value and genuine long-term impact that is created from these grants funded by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation. It's a program we are very proud of.”

A complete list of the projects supported is available below. They include:

•         Gippsland Dairy Region – Fish Creek Community Garden received $5,000 to commission and install a new artwork at the community garden, connecting it to the rest of the town and engaging local residents and tourists.

•         Northern Dairy Region – Greater Shepparton City Council received $5,000 to build community resilience through delivery of mental health first aid training in the communities of Tatura and Tallygaroopna.

•         South Western Dairy Region – South West Community Energy received $5,000 to strengthen environmental awareness and education outcomes by fitting out a renewable energy education van.

Since the launch of the annual program in 2002, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation has invested more than $1.7 million in this program and has supported a total of 445 community projects.




$ Awarded

Gippsland Dairy Region

Bena Public Hall Inc

Upgrade of the toilet/bathroom facilities of the Bena Hall: Strengthen community engagement and participation through an upgrade of facilities at the community hall.



Fish Creek Community Garden

"The train is a-coming" - Art installation: Contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Fish Creek by commissioning and installing a new artwork at the community garden, linking it to the rest of the town and engaging local residents and tourists.

Fish Creek


Foster Primary School

Pavilion Enhancement Project: Improve the educational and social outcomes for students at Foster Primary School by upgrading the amenity of a multi-purpose space through improved storage.



Friends of the Lyre Bird Forest Walk Inc

Purchase a newer second -hand twin cab utility: Improve stewardship of the local environment through the purchase of a vehicle for use by volunteers maintaining significant natural resources.

Mirboo North


Heyfield Tennis Club

Sound proofing the club room: Build community resilience by upgrading the acoustics at the Heyfield Tennis Club clubrooms and ensuring the community has access to a fit for purpose venue for meetings, events and activities.



Loch Memorial Reserve Inc  

Mower Purchase: Build community resilience by investing in equipment to support volunteers maintaining the local reserve.



Mirboo North Playgroup and Toy Library Inc  

Introducing Aboriginal cultural experiences through play: Strengthen educational outcomes and raise cultural awareness by introducing toys and equipment to playgroup that reflect Aboriginal culture and traditions.

Mirboo North


Nyora Cricket Club Inc

Canteen - refurbishment project: Build community resilience by upgrading the kitchen at the local cricket club ensuring it provides appropriate facilities to community users.



Prom Coast Centres for Children Inc

Outside play every day "Rain or Shine": Improve educational outcomes and social inclusion through the purchase of wet weather gear for children attending Prom Coast Centres for Children programs in South Gippsland.



State Coal Mine - Rescue Station Arts Inc

Artworks: Building confidence and connection with youth through art: Build organisational and community resilience through delivery of a youth focussed art program at the State Coal Mine - Rescue Station Arts facility.



Northern Dairy Region

Cobram District Children’s Services Inc

Increasing Outdoor Play Opportunities: Improve educational, physical and social outcomes for pre-school children through the purchase of equipment designed to encourage outdoor play.



Cohuna and District Progress Association Inc

Big Cohuna Festival: Increase community wellbeing and engagement by delivering a vibrant and accessible community-based festival.



Corryong and District Memorial Public Hall Inc

Slap it on: Improve community infrastructure and civic pride by painting the front exterior of the Corryong Memorial Hall.



Greater Shepparton City Council

Mental Health Accredited First Aid Training for Rural Communities: Build community resilience through delivery of mental health first aid training in the communities of Tatura and Tallygaroopna.



Greta Valley Landcare Group

Raising Future Conservationists - Bringing awareness of local threatened species their habitat needs to our schools: Improve environmental outcomes and community awareness of challenges through delivery of a series of educational workshops in four local primary schools.



Murrabit Men's Shed Inc

Murrabit Men's Shed - Watch This Space! Reduce social isolation, and improve health and wellbeing by extending the workshop capacity of the Murrabit Men's Shed.



Rochester Community House Inc

Seats for All: Upgrade the amenity of the old Shire Hall for community members and groups through the purchase of new chairs.



Stanhope & District Development Committee Inc

Historic Mural: Strengthen community identity and civic pride by creating a mural celebrating Stanhope's history and its association with the dairy industry.



Tatura Civic Halls Committee Inc

Kitchen catch-up: Strengthen community capacity, engagement and connectivity by replacing kitchen equipment that is no longer working or in a suitable condition.



South Western Dairy Region

Anam Cara House Colac Inc

Carers and Chronic Illness: Navigating services to support those managing a Chronic Illness: Build local capacity and understanding of managing chronic illness through delivery of three focussed information sessions to community members affected or caring for those affected by life-limiting conditions.



Camperdown & District Community House

Camperdown Men's Shed storage expansion project: Improve the wellbeing and engagement of local men, by increasing the capacity of the Men's Shed to attract new members and undertake more activities through the acquisition of an external storage unit.



Colac Otway Residents Action Group Inc

Providing public Access AED's into areas of Colac: Strengthen community resilience and capacity to respond to health emergencies by purchasing three AED units for installation in public places.



Emmanuel College Inc

Exploring New Worlds: Improve educational outcomes for students by purchasing virtual reality equipment and providing digital technology-based learning opportunities that are not currently available.



Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail Committee  

Keeping Koroit Fit: Build community resilience and improve health outcomes by developing an outdoor exercise fitness circuit in the Koroit railway precinct.



South West Community Energy

Renewable Energy Education Van: Strengthen environmental awareness and education outcomes by fitting out a renewable energy education van.



The Courthouse Camperdown Inc

Small infrastructure improvements for big community & cultural gains: Strengthen community resilience and capacity by upgrading the amenity of the community-run hub at the Camperdown Courthouse.



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