Dozens of community groups will be able to begin vital work and projects after receiving funding in the latest Moira Shire Community and Events Grant Program round.
The Cobram and District Pony Club will receive $9000 for toilet amenities upgrade, Katamatite Recreation Reserve $13500 for a boundary fence project, Koonoomoo Improvement Group $8500 for a tourist stop project, Cobram Agricultural Society $2500 for pavilion improvements, Cobram and District Equestrian Club $2500 for sand refurbishment, Cobram Senior Citizens Club $1480 for a sound system and Invergordon Katandra Pony Club $2500 for yards.
Cobram Rotary and Cobram Barooga Business and Tourism Development scored $5000 each for the Big Band Concert and Cobram Oktoberfest respectively, while the Goulburn Valley Vintage Tractor and Farm Machinery Club, Strathmerton Public Hall management committee, Invergordon Primary School and Katamatite Community Action Group also received funds for their projects.
In the arts and culture grants, Cobram Community House Quilting Club, Finley and District Camera Club, the GRAIN Store and Yarroweyah Hall Committee also received grants, as did the Cobram Rotary Club and Strathmerton Primary School Parents and Friends Committee for their health promotion projects.
Cobram and District Pony Club president Barb Clarke said the group had been trying to upgrade its toilet block facilities for three years.
‘‘The project will provide better facilities and service for the community and other users of the reserve, showing a sense of pride in the area we live in, safer environment and catering for people’s needs making a difference,’’ she said.
‘‘The club is very excited to get this project under way. It will help the club in running their fundraising events which can bring up to 450 people to the area.
‘‘The upgrade is catering for members, parents, volunteers and visitors’ needs and expanding opportunities to run larger events in the area.
‘‘This is fantastic for the club and the community.’’
Koonoomoo Improvement Group member Kellie Byford said the committee was excited to receive funding to help it complete the tourist stop/community hub project.
It started as an idea after the tornado to develop a town identity and an area to encourage tourists to stop and learn more about Koonoomoo and surrounding areas.
The project is already under way, with the construction of a rotunda, fencing of the designated area and a community workshop to create feature mosaic poles.
‘‘This final funding will enable us to construct an entrance into the area, form the tracks and car parking, install seating in the rotunda and enable us to get water connected to the site. We will then be able to open the area up to the general public,’’ Ms Byford said.
‘‘Future plans for the area will include a war memorial, a path of clay pavers with family names, a community information board and future landscaping.’’