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MEDIA RELEASE - Council provides helping hand for community groups

4 April 2019

Glenelg Shire volunteers will benefit from almost $80,000 in funding thanks to the latest round of the Community Grants program.

Council last night announced the successful grant applicants who will use the funding for the delivery of recreation projects, upgrades to public halls, art projects, community events and community programs across the shire.

Glenelg Shire Councillor Gilbert Wilson, who hosted last night’s Presentation Event, said council was pleased with the level of interest in the program, which will generate more than $300,000 in economic activity across 11 townships.

“It pleasing for council to be able to support our hard working volunteers with these much needed funds which are often the catalyst in realising an important project,” Cr Wilson said.

“This financial support is a small contribution which can make a big difference in the service delivery, or fundraising opportunities, at our local sporting clubs, service groups and other interest groups.

“Since 2014 we have funded projects great and small across the shire, supporting a broad range of interest groups, and it is marvellous to see the great rewards being realised as a result.”

Among the latest beneficiaries was the CEMA Theatre Group who will use $1200 to engage a scriptwriter to mentor local playwrights and assist in refining their next productions whilst the Nelson Community Events group will use $5000 to start a new event designed to bring tourist into the town out of the peak holiday season.

The Wal Smith Cycling Foundation received $5000 to run its popular April cycling event, including the addition of new festival attractions to engage wider public participation, whilst Portland Colts Cricket Club will use $4000 to host a 150th celebration and reunion, highlighting the fact it is one of the country’s oldest surviving sporting clubs.

The Community Grants program, valued at more than $162,000, is delivered in two rounds annually. Grants are available of up to $5000 to not-for-profit community groups in the shire.

For further information on Council’s Community Grants Program please visit the Community Grants section of the Glenelg Shire website at

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