AusNet Services makes a difference to Alpine Community Groups with $20,000 in grants

Thirteen community groups from Alpine Shire have received a total of $20,000 in grants from AusNet as part of a program to support projects delivering long-term benefits across the region.

Through AusNet’ ‘Energising Your Community’ Development, offered with the support of Alpine Shire Council, applicants could apply for grants of up to $3,000.

AusNet’ Regional Customer & Community Manager, Craig Velt, who presented the groups with the grants at a ceremony at Myrtleford Thursday night, said the response to the program had exceeded expectations.

Our program aims to build lasting relationships within the local area by empowering not-for-profits that share AusNet’ desire to contribute to the community,” Mr Velt said.

We had a fantastic response to the program, which is a testament to the many local people in this area who dedicate time to volunteer in the community.”

Alpine Shire Council Mayor, Ron Janas, said the selected groups would now be able to deliver projects with ongoing benefits across the diverse Alpine community.

These grants will support the groups that make the Alpine Shire such a unique, connected and attractive place to live,” Cr Janas said.

These grants also act as recognition of the outstanding work so many volunteers do to help others in the community, which in turn, will help their projects become successful.”

Each year, AusNet contributes up to $100,000 through its regional sponsorship program.

Winners of the Alpine Shire “Energising Your Community” grants are:

  • Alpine Cycling Club for the construction of a mountain biking skills centre
  • Boomerang Bags Bright for sewing equipment to promote their message ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’.
  • Harrietville Hall for upgrading facilities
  • Kiewa Valley Historical Society for display cabinets to hold energy-related artefacts
  • Mount Beauty Cricket Club to encourage for women to play cricket
  • Mount Beauty Men’s Shed to purchase tools
  • Mudgegonga Hall upgrades to pavilion
  • Myrtleford Landcare & Sustainability Group for a marquee for outside events
  • Myrtleford Lawn Tennis Club for reverse cycle air conditioners
  • Myrtleford Recreation Reserve for additional power connections
  • RC McNamara Reserve to purchase a commercial dishwasher
  • Tawonga Bowls Club for a facility upgrade
  • Upper Valley Kiewa Lions Club to upgrade the seating around walking tracks


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