$100,000 in grants to strengthen Victorian dairy communities

23 July, 2015: The Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced the recipients of more than $100,000 of funds through the 2015 Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program.

Working in Dairy Communities provides grants of up to $5,000 for projects that aim to strengthen small Victorian dairy communities, build their capacity to deal with local issues, and enhance existing community infrastructure. The 28 grant recipients, from all three dairy regions, received their cheques at a reception at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne earlier today.

Gardiner Dairy Foundation Chairman, Mike Taylor AO, said that supporting dairy communities through programs like this is critical to a sustainable dairy industry.

“Family farms and strong local businesses are critical to maintaining strong and vibrant local towns, and we are proud of the enormous contribution the dairy industry makes to the social fabric of regional Victoria. We are delighted to play a small part in helping build those strong communities by supporting the community groups that do such vital work.”

The Right Honourable Ian Sinclair AC, Chairman of FRRR, said small grants play an important role in local communities.

“These grants help address the issues and priorities and enable local groups to implement local solutions to local problems. The Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s support of communities through this grant program has a transformative effect. This year, on average, for every dollar we are granting the local community has raised more than four times that amount to bring the projects to life, through either in-kind support or other local fundraising. This demonstrates how small communities leverage and grow any amount of support they receive - delivering big outcomes for their communities.”

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s investment of $100,000 is widely and evenly distributed across Victoria’s three principle dairying regions. Since the launch of the annual program in 2002, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation has invested more than $1.4 million in this program, supporting 363 community projects.

The 2015 grant recipients and details of the projects they are undertaking are listed below.

Gippsland Dairy Region

Boisdale Consolidated School 

Kids in the Kitchen - Building a Healthier Community
Broaden the school's curriculum areas and enhance their role as a community hub through building a three workstation kitchen classroom.



Foster & District Community House & Learning Centre 

Communications and IT upgrade
Expand community internet access and offer more efficient service and learning environment through the upgrade of IT facilities. 



Heyfield & District Traders Association Inc 

Summer Music in the Park
Boost local economy by attracting visitors from across the Wellington Shire and strengthen local community spirit by providing four 'Summer Music in the Park' events.



Inverloch Men's Shed 

Hooray! Here It Is
To commence earthworks and build a retaining wall which are the first steps in implementing their own Men’s Shed to support men's health, prevent social isolation, encourage intergenerational interaction and share skills.



Loch Community Development Association 

The Village Trailer
Better OH&S standards to safely enable community access, storage and transport of a large marquee by modifying specific purpose trailer.



Buchan Early Years Reference Group (Good Beginnings Australia)

Support to Grow Well Project
Increased educational support for disadvantaged preschool and primary school age children through the implementation of a breakfast club and improved curriculum resources.



Yallourn North Hall & Recreation Reserve

Accommodate Them Well and They Will Give Thanks
Infrastructure improvements to community hall used as disaster co-ordination centre, to increase comfort of users and sustainability.

Yallourn North


Wonthaggi Seed Bank Inc

Wired Up
Development of new facilities and safer working environment for the seed bank volunteer community, enabling local propagation of indigenous native seedlings for use on farms and other community projects.



Woodside & District Football and Netball Club Inc 

Cooking in the Kitchen 
Increasing the capacity of the community to better cater for large numbers of visitors at community meetings and events by purchasing convection oven, Bain Marie and cookware for community reserve kitchen.



Northern Dairy Region

Cobram Community House Inc

Slip, Slop, Slap… Shade! 
Better use of outdoor facilities and extending the capacity of a well used community venue, through installing shade sails to create a sun smart area.



Cohuna Neighbourhood House Inc

Colour Our Happenings
Increase readership numbers and improve communication and promotion of local community news and events by upgrading community newsletter to be published in colour.



Girgarre Development Group Inc

Tipping the Balance
To assist maintenance and weed management on the walking track and the local botanical gardens by purchasing a tipping trailer and a spray trailer.



Katandra West Community Facilities Committee of Management (Greater Shepparton City Council) 

Power Up Katandra
Provision of solar panels to increase sustainability and reduce overheads for all community user groups at new community centre due for completion in February 2016.

Katandra West


Moyhu & District

Let the Kids Play - Add More Shade
Reduce children's exposure to UV and enable compliance with OH&S guidelines by replacement of worn shade sails in the kindergarten playground.



Tatura Civic Halls Committee Inc 

Improved Disabled Access 
Greater social connectivity and inclusion by improving disabled building access.



Tatura Community House Inc 

Another Monster for Tatura
Improved social connectivity and reducing environmental impact through recycling the community's assets by holding a monster garage / farm sale.



Tongala Community Activities Centre Inc 

Take it to Tongala! 
Improved community access to health information and support by providing an outing to a Cancer and Wellness Clinic.



Toolamba Primary School Council 

State School Spectacular
Extension of extra-curricular cultural activities and development of children's confidence and creative abilities through support for participation at the State School Spectacular.



VICSES -  Tatura Unit 

Training Dummies - A Smart Idea
Prepare volunteers for the challenges of extracting road crash and farm accident victims through the provision three training dummies with realistic weights.



South Western Dairy Region

Advance Camperdown Inc 

Dream, Play, Live - Camperdown Apex Park
Improved community health and wellbeing and increased tourism through an upgrade of the public playground on the main thoroughfare.



Allansford Recreation Reserve Farm Inc 

Building Better Communities With Better Pastures
Support for a community run social enterprise farming dairy steers which involves local retired farmers and works towards improvements of the recreation reserve facilities.



Colac Secondary College 

Going Poddy 
Agricultural educational infrastructure to enable the year-round operations of the 'Cows Create Careers' program for year nine students.



DemoDAIRY Cooperative Ltd 

Candid Cows DVD's
Providing educational opportunities for children to understand where their food comes from through the production of two films on the lifecycle of a cow.



Kawarren Recreation Reserve Committee

Kawarren - Community Events for All
Support for community groups and community spirit through the fit-out of furniture in a new community centre on the site of the old school.



Koroit & District Pre-School Association Inc 

Jacaranda Meeting Place
Indigenous literacy and heritage will be taught in a traditional Indigenous meeting place being built at the kindergarten for the children and the broader community to use.



Noorat & District Agricultural & Pastoral Society Inc 

Spark More Interest
Improved community facilities through upgrading internal power at multi-user showgrounds which is also a designated emergency assembly area.



Terang & Mortlake Health Services 

Keeping Connected With Community
The aged care facility has a buddy program with the local school and the purchase of a mini bus will allow excursions of the aged care residents to and from the school.



Terang Kindergarten Inc 

Growing a Culture of Sustainability
Increasing children's early literacy skills and environmental and sustainability education through providing educational resources.




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