Impact Stories

In 2020, we celebrate 10 years of supporting and inspiring our community of Mirboo North and surrounding district to be healthy, vibrant and resilient.

In this section you will find a collection of stories and information of the impactful projects that we have helped be a part of for the last 10 years.

10 year anniversary cake

ARTSpace Mirboo North

“I think the ARTSpace connects many people to the community that wouldn’t have otherwise decided to venture out their door to another group. Many new residents to the area have come inside the door for a chat, to get a feel for the area and have then volunteered in the…

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Boolarra BMX Track

The Boolarra BMX track has been designed by local young people with professional input from experienced BMX riders, track builders and landscapers, exclusively for the Centenary Park site in Boolarra, part funded by the Community Foundation.

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Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy program in Mirboo North has been operating for 16 years in the district under the guidance of our friendly Chaplain Norm De Silva. Norm is a local identity that makes an effort to meet and support many people from the community, as well as providing his expertise to student body well-being.

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Community Bus

“We have had some great volunteer drivers over the years join us, and we are always looking for new drivers who can help us out. We appreciate people who are punctual for the seniors, have good driving experience and are willing to help users get on and off the bus…

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Dumbalk Hall Kitchen

In July 2012 the Dumbalk Hall and Ladies Auxiliary found out that if they wanted to continue to provide catering in the hall, their hall kitchen had to be registered to meet Health and Safety legislation.Dumbalk Hall is managed by a Section 86 Committee of volunteers. The Committee meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Dumbalk Hall.

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Educational Support Fund

“As you are already a duck out of water when you have to start over in a new place, the grant really helped with student accommodation and took the pressure off so I could concentrate on beginning my studies.” Hayden Jones Rural students face many hurdles in transitioning to third…

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Mirboo North Swimming Pool Re-development

The Community Foundation worked with The Friends of the Mirboo North Swimming Pool over a number of years to enable the organisation and wider community to meet its challenges surrounding the redevelopment of the pool.

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St Andrews Childcare

“The impending closure of St Andrews Childcare demonstrated clearly to me how the Community Foundation can be a vehicle for change in times of crisis. It works only in the interests of the community so the best outcome can be achieved for all.” Kate Buxton In late 2013, St Andrews…

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Potato Festival in Gippsland supported by Mirboo North Community Foundation

Thorpdale Potato Festival

“Around 13 people volunteer on the committee to organise it each year, with around another 30 people volunteering on the day to help organise parking, ticketing, events and market stalls. Without our local volunteers, the spud festival would not have returned.” Jon Marsh Revival of the humble country show, one…

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Yinnar Community Garden

An inspiring garden to experience, volunteer members meet weekly on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm and every second and fourth Saturday from 10am-12pm for working bees. The garden is also used for educational purposes with gardening and kitchen workshops available throughout the year.

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