The group gets new equipment thanks to the Living Local Fund

The Bellarine Training and Community Hub (BTACH) and St Leonards Men’s Shed will receive new equipment in the latest round of the state government’s Living Local Fund.

Announced by Bellarine MP Lisa Neville last week, the grants will see BTACH get $6,476 to replace broken furniture and St Leonard’s Men’s Shed will get $5,230 for a new woodworking machine.

The BTACH, located in Ocean Grove, will purchase tables in its community kitchen and replace mobile tables for the classroom focused on arts, language, and general interest programs.

St Leonards Mens shed will be buying a planer with improved technology – the new machine is 60% wider and has new blade technology which makes it very quiet, replacing a small, noisy old machine.

“The government is supporting the Bellarine Training and Community Hub with the purchase of this furniture because we know the community deserves our support,” Ms Neville said.

More than 400 projects across the state will be supported by the fund, with $15 million available for suburban projects and an additional $5 million for regions.

Local councils and community organizations have received grants of up to $200,000 to upgrade shopping streets, playgrounds, community gardens and public art projects, or to purchase new equipment or carry out renovations minors.

“We’re doing what matters by investing in the infrastructure our local communities need to enjoy the services they deserve,” said Suburban Development Minister Melissa Horne.

“Our suburbs and regions are great places to live, work and play and we’re working to keep them that way.

The Living Local Fund is part of the state government initiatives Our Suburbs: Living Local and Our Regions: Living Local.

The Living Local – Regional Grants program is a competitive grant program open to eligible rural and regional local governments and incorporated (not-for-profit) organizations/associations.

Applicants can request a minimum of $20,000 and a maximum of $200,000 (excluding GST).

The Living Local – Regional Community Grants program is open to applications from non-profit and charitable organizations operating in rural and regional areas of Victoria.

Community organizations can apply for between $2,000 and $20,000 (excluding GST) in grants for eligible equipment and minor renovations.

For more information go to suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au/living-local

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