16 December 2016

Building stronger communities

I am delighted to announce that the Lorne CFA & Torquay Men’s Shed are among 11 local community organisations in Corangamite which will benefit from the Turnbull Government’s $45 million Stronger Communities Program.

The Lorne CFA has received $18,182 to assist with the purchase of a new command vehicle with a slip-on unit while the Torquay Men’s Shed has received $5,274 for a new garden.

The Christmas Day bushfire in the Lorne region demonstrated the urgent need to modernise the Lorne CFA’s command vehicle. The new vehicle will contribute to the safety, vibrancy and viability of communities around Lorne, Aireys Inlet, Wye River, Allenvale and beyond by delivering faster emergency response outcomes. The new slip-on water tank will ensure every brigade member can respond to a call-out with water on board to extinguish fire. The new vehicle couldn’t come at a better time as the fire season commences.

The new garden for the Torquay Men’s Shed will completely replace the old vegetable garden and help encourage more men to participate in the Men’s Shed program.

The Stronger Communities Program is such an important initiative for the Corangamite electorate.  The program provides $150,000 per year for two years to help fund small capital projects within this electorate.

This is making a real difference to many of our wonderful clubs and organisations who make such an important contribution.

Round two recipients are as follows:

Apollo Bay Radio – $6,630 studio mixing desk

Anglesea Bowling Club – $17,500 surrounds and seating upgrade

Aireys Inlet Tennis Club – $15,000 court upgrades

Colac Maternal and Child Health Centre – $20,000 refurbishment

Irrewarra Cricket Club – $20,000 new sports shelter and change rooms

Lavers Hill & District Progress Association – $5000 public hall refurbishment

Lorne Bowls Club – $20,000 lighting for green area

Lorne CFA – $18,182 new command vehicle

Torquay Men’s Shed –  $5,274 new garden

Winchelsea Cricket Club – $9,256 surface upgrade

Wye River Surf Lifesaving Club – $5,305 floor upgrade

16 December 2016