Community Foundation Supports 11 Projects in 2010

Eleven new community projects valued at more than $44,000 will soon be up and running, thanks to the support of the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation, which announced the successful applicants to its inaugural grants round.


Foundation Chairman, Norman Walker, said that he and his colleagues were delighted that the grants applications for this first funding round were all of a high standard.


Successful applicants will receive the amount they requested, and include:


  • $2,476 to the Mirboo North Community Shed Co-op, to purchase woodworking equipment and a bench for the Men’s Shed, which plays an important role in strengthening the community
  • $1,567 to the Mirboo Recreation Reserve for the construction of safety fences – one as a weather shelter and barrier to the river, and one as a barrier for the flag pole

  • $4,120 to Dumbalk and District Progress Association for the purchase and installation of a community notice board – a much needed resource for the local community

  • $5,000 to the Mirboo North Newspaper Cooperative to purchase new computers for Mirboo North’s highly valued community newspaper.

  • $5,000 to Mirboo North’s Secondary College for its Year 8 ‘Get Real’ personal development program for students, that will have flow-on benefits across the school and broader community

  • A further $5,000 for Mirboo North’s Secondary College to enable Year 9 students to participate in the ‘Break Out’ (Duke of Edinburgh) program

  • $5,000 to Mirboo North RSL, (auspiced by Mirboo Country Development Inc) for restoring, framing and building displays of RSL memorabilia to showcase the history of the service of local men and women

  • $5,000 to the Mirboo North Arty Gras Festival and Art Show (auspiced by Mirboo Country Development Inc) to enable this important event to develop and implement a joint media and publicity campaign to attract more visitors

  • $5,000 to Mirboo Country Development Inc for the professional development – with strong community engagement – of a distinct brand image for Mirboo North

  • $4,000 to Mirboo North Pony Club for construction of a mounting area and ramp for riders with a disability, and safety and accessibility signage

  • $2,000 to St Mary’s Anglican Church, for the development of plans to replace the old, user-unfriendly toilet block.


“It’s an immense privilege for us to be in a position to support the community in this way, and reinvest the legacy of former generations.


“We are confident that the projects we are supporting tonight will make a significant and meaningful difference to the lives of many people in our community, and we are looking forward to many occasions such as this, when we can give back to the local communities in which we live”, he said.