Plans for the redevelopment of the Tocumwal Visitor Information Centre are well under way, thanks to funds received through the Strawberry Fields Festival’s Community Grants Scheme.
A $5000 donation to the Tocumwal Community Development Committee during last year’s round of grants was put towards Stage 2 of the Tocumwal Visitor Information Centre redevelopment, which will include a restaurant above the centre overlooking the Murray River.
Tocumwal Community Development Committee president Ross Bodey said the grant they received had helped the Tocumwal foreshore redevelopment come closer to a reality.
‘‘The money was used to get (development) plans drawn up for the top storey of the Tocumwal Visitor Information Centre,’’ Mr Bodey said.
With enough plans drawn up the committee was able to obtain a formal quote for the total cost of the refurbishment, which Mr Bodey said allowed the group to apply for further grant funding for the $3.2million overhaul of the foreshore.
‘‘Without that $5000 we couldn’t have run our path — we were super appreciative of the money we got from Strawberry Fields,’’ he said.
Other grant winners from last year include Biralee Preschool, Berrigan Children’s Centre and Berrigan Shire Community Spin Space.
Applications for this year’s round of grants are now open and Mr Bodey encouraged local groups and organisations to ‘‘make the most’’ of the increased grant pool of $25000.
‘‘The various community groups and clubs in the Berrigan Shire should look at this grant scheme closely and develop a project,’’ he said.
‘‘Every organisation has got things they can do to improve their facility or area.’’
Strawberry Fields director Tara Benney said the fund was a way to give back to the community and the residents who had welcomed the festival and its attendees year after year.
‘‘We want the event to have a positive lasting impact in the Berrigan Shire and we love hearing about all the ways this fund has benefited the community,’’ she said.
Proceeds for the grants scheme are raised from on-site activities such as the Wildlands Community Barbecue, while a portion of every ticket sold to the festival is set aside especially for it.
‘‘People also now have the option of making an extra donation when they buy tickets to the festival online, which has already raised more than $1000,’’ Ms Benney said.
●Eligible candidates for grants must be based in the Berrigan Shire and have until June 30 to submit their applications at: www.strawberry-fields.com.com.au/grants
●This year’s Strawberry Fields Festival will be held in Tocumwal from November 17 to 19.