Local, Independant and Effective
November 18, 2017

Grant for Mitchell Ave Reserve upgrade an exercise in wellbeing

Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has welcomed the announcement that the Wangaratta community will benefit from a new exercise hub in Mitchell Avenue Reserve, thanks to an $18,125 Commonwealth grant.

The funding from the Stronger Communities Programme will go towards the Mitchell Avenue Reserve Health and Wellbeing Upgrade. The project, which will provide additional exercise equipment along the One Mile Creek shared pathway, has a total cost of $38,000. The Rural City of Wangaratta will provide the remaining funding.

“Congratulations to the council, which worked with the Yarrunga Action Group to identify this great opportunity to improve health and wellbeing in Wangaratta,” Ms McGowan said.

“Mitchell Avenue Reserve is a key destination point along the shared pathway. This project will encourage people to use the space for walking, cycling or play.”

Mayor of Rural City of Wangaratta, Cr Ken Clarke, said: “Council wants to encourage our community to get active and adding more exercise equipment is a great way to do this. I congratulate those involved in securing the funding and look forward to seeing this project delivered.”

Indi received $150,000 under Round 3 of the Stronger Communities Programme, to be distributed across all local government areas. Councils worked with the local community to identify projects for funding.

Ms McGowan says the Commonwealth Building Better Regions Fund will provide further funding for community groups and local governments for projects that will benefit their communities.

“I especially encourage young people to apply for these grants,” Ms McGowan said.

“Wangaratta’s young people have great ideas about what will benefit the community, and projects under $20,000 don’t require matching funding.”

Applications are open for the community stream of the fund, and close on 19 December. To apply or get details, visit https://www.business.gov.au/Assistance/Building-Better-Regions-Fund/Building-Better-Regions-Fund-Community-Investments.

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