Big fans of local grants

By Ewen McRae

Nearly a dozen local community projects have been given a boost, following the announcement of grants from the Lal Lal Wind Farms.

The grants from the Wind Farms’ Community Benefit Fund will help to buy new equipment or upgrade facilities in Bungaree, Clarendon, Dunnstown, Elaine, Millbrook and Yendon, with $100,000 in total allocated.

Lal Lal Wind Farms community engagement manager Tracey Ward said hundreds of locals would benefit from the grants.

“The community benefit fund is a key part of our commitment to strengthening our local communities and contributing to local sporting groups, community groups, education, culture and arts initiatives,” Ms Ward said.

“We were very impressed by the calibre of applications we received from a diverse range of community groups, and I look forward to seeing the positive impacts these projects will have in our local community.

“We would like to thank all the applicants and congratulate the 2019 recipients. We look forward to continuing to contribute to the local community for many more years to come.”

The Bungaree Recreation Reserve received the largest grant, with $21,000 towards solar panels, while the Elaine Recreation Reserve received $12,889 to go towards solar panels, split-systems, new blinds and lights.

A total of 11 projects will receive funding.

Donna Hart of the Clarendon Recreation Reserve said the funding would allow them to improve the carpark.

“We’re very grateful to be receiving a grant to do this work that will benefit everyone who use the facilities,” she said.