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Shire provides cash boost

Campaspe Shire Council has approved $14,645 in grants to the community, to boost events, assist with the purchase of equipment and to support juniors in their development.

An additional $5293 has also been provided in in-kind support to not-for-profit groups hosting events.

Open year-round, these grant programs enable a strong, vibrant and sustainable community.

Community Equipment Grants:

These grants aid community groups and sporting clubs to purchase equipment.

There were five successful applicants for the Community Equipment Grants, including:

• $395 to Tongala Community Charity Shop, to purchase a new cash register;

• $1700 to Rushworth and District Concert Band, to purchase a refrigerator;

•$1000 to Tongala Primary School, for school football equipment;

• $2,000 to Echuca Twin Rivers Specialist School, to purchase two and three-wheeler bikes for students; and

• $2000 to Bamawm Lockington United Cricket Club, to purchase protective equipment for All Abilities and Women’s Inclusion Program.

Community Event Sponsorship:

This grant program offers financial support to not-for-profit community groups that contribute to the shire, by hosting events that improve the social connection and wellbeing of our residents.

There were seven successful applications for the Community Event Sponsorship, including:

• $5000 to Rochester Kart Club, to assist with hosting the Victorian State Cup, to be held on December 3 and 4;

• $750 to Lockington Bowls Club to assist in hosting the Lockington Ladies Invitation Fours Tournament, to be held on Wednesday, November 23;

• $500 to Kyabram Croquet Club and $320 in-kind support (temporary white fencing and bunting), to support the 100th birthday celebrations, to be held on Monday, October 31;

• In-kind support to the value of $1580 to the Kyabram Swimming Club (site hire fee, lifeguards and two gazebos), to support the Long Course Meet, to be held on October 15 and 16;

• $500 to KY Project Committee and in-kind support the value of $552, for the official opening of the Kyabram Water Tank Mural on Tuesday, September 20;

• Echuca Moama Triathlon Club received in-kind support valued at $2841, including traffic and waste management, temporary white fencing and bunting for the Sweat vs Steam. The Campaspe Port Enterprise will also provide $1800 in-kind support for the use of PS Pevensey for event, to be held Sunday, October 9; and

• $500 to Strathallan Family Landcare Group, to host the 10th Campaspe Carp Catch on Sunday, October 9.

Junior Development Grants Program:

This program supports the personal development and growth of young people aged 18 years and under.

Kyabram siblings Olivia, Joshua and Jacob Cartwright each received $100 to assist with costs in representing Victoria at the School Sports 18 Years and under Bowls Championships held in September in Sunbury.

To see grant eligibility criteria or to apply, go to Council’s website, ‘Grants and Funding’.

Riverfront Kiosk Expression of Interest

Council has approved to conduct an Expression of Interest process to lease 14 Watson St, Echuca, (also known as Riverfront Kiosk) for a term of up to 21 years.

In accordance with Policy 110 Commercial Leasing, this property would be for the use of a kiosk/café or function venue and would be offered rent free for the first 12 months to assist in offsetting initial fit out costs (to be completed by the tenant) .

Council noted that the property is on Crown Land and would be subject to final approval by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Council approved the development of a further report once the Expression of Interest was completed, prior to leasing the property.

Tourism Service Level Agreements

Council has adopted a collaborative agreement with Murray River Council to deliver destination marketing and visitor information services for 2022-23.

The agreement engages Echuca Moama and District Tourism Association (EMDTA) to deliver the services.

The new agreement focuses on four key pillars; increase visitation, increase length of stay, increase visitor spend and a high level of stakeholder satisfaction (being visitors, EMDTA members and staff, along with both councils).

Campaspe Shire Council will provide $92,869 (ex GST) towards the delivery of destination marketing and up to $269,554 (ex GST) for visitor information services, along with providing and maintaining the Visitor Information Center venue.

Murray River Council will provide $79,939 (ex GST) towards the delivery of destination marketing and visitor information services, along with providing a registered vehicle to be maintained by Murray River Council.

Flying the Orange Flag

Council has approved a request to fly the orange flag in place of the Campaspe Shire Council flag at appropriate locations across the municipality from November 25 to December 10.

This is in support of 16 Days of Activism, taking a stand against family and gender violence.

Staff recognition

Council has noted significant years of service milestones achieved by members of staff in line with Policy A062 Staff and Volunteer Recognition Program.

Of particular note, it was recognized that School Crossing Supervisor Heather Bradley has achieved 45 years of service with council.

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