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BASS Coast Shire Council distributed its third round
of community grants at a presentation event last Tuesday
evening, February 2.
Council combined its grant awards alongside the
AusNet Energising Your Community grant presentations
to distribute more than $20,000 to community groups
within the shire.
Between the two programs, community groups shared
in $44,350 across 38 grants.
“Council is focused on building relations and
strengthening partnerships with organisations and to pro-
mote Ausnet’s grants and combine celebrations with the
recipients made a lot of sense,” mayor Cr Jordan Crug-
“Both council and AusNet are in the service provision
business and the awarded funds span a fabulous spec-
trum of projects and activities right across the shire, all
administered by equally fabulous and dedicated volun-
Projects to improve the facilities of local community
halls were well represented across both programs with
Archies Creek Hall and Rhyll Hall both awarded grants.
Funding also helped a number of community organi-
sations including Inverloch Surf Lifesavers, the Country
Fire Authority and a number of sporting groups includ-
ing Wonthaggi Bowling Club and Inverloch Stars Soccer
The Corinella Floral Art Show was the first AusNet
recipient that received funding for new display cabinets.
The Phillip Island Patchworkers Association Incorpo-
rated received funding for materials and fabric to sew
comfort quilts for disadvantaged people.
Phillip Island Artists Society also received funding
for display cabinets which will be used for upcoming
Cr Neil Rankine awarded Groundswell Bass Coast a
grant for its upcoming climate change forum. The group
plans to use its funds to further educate and inform the
community about the dangers of Climate Change in the
2016: Beyond Paris forum.
Wonthaggi Bowls Club will use its funding for indoor
carpet bowls while the Wonthaggi Kindergartens Incor-
porated will buy new play equipment with the grant it
Wonthaggi Surf Live Saving Club received funding
for a new projector which will be used for training new
Bass Valley Community Group received funding for a
new lawnmower while Corinella Bowling Club obtained
a grant for maintaining the green.
Corinella and Inverloch CFA brigades received fund-
ing for office equipment and new training tools respec-
tively while the Grantville Cemetery Trust will continue
to maintain the grounds with its funding.
The Wildlife Rescue and Carer Shelter in Phillip Is-
land has had its budgetary strain lifted after it received a
community grant fund alongside Phillip Island Bowling
Club, that will use its grant to purchase a new wireless
History will continue to be preserved on Phillip Island
as both the Genealogical Society and District Historical
Society received community grants.
Inverloch Bowls Club will manage to build new wa-
ter drinking fountains after it received funding alongside
Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club which obtained funds
for its Nippers program.
Phillip Island National Surf Reserve received fund-
ing to preserve history through its archives and the Bass
Coast Board Riders will now be able to afford new equip-
ment after Bass Coast Shire Council gave it a grant.
AusNet winners: from left, Corinella Bowling Club, SalvoCare Eastern Youth Services, Dalyston Hall Committee, Rhyll Commu-
nity Association, Rhyll Mechanics Hall and Park Committee and Inverloch Stars Soccer Club were recipients of the AusNet Energis-
ing Your Community Grants at Bass Coast Shire Council’s community grants presentation last Tuesday, February 2.
Award recipients: Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale and Cr Clare Le Serve (centre) with Anderson Ward com-
munity grant recipients, from left, Patchworkers Incorporated, Corinella Bowls Club and Archies Creek Community Hall Committee,
who received three grants for funding particular projects.
Ward awards: Hovell Ward Community Grant recipients with Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale (centre) from
left, Wonthaggi Bowling Club, Wonthaggi Kindergartens Inc, Wonthaggi Life Saving Club, Groundswell Bass Coast and Wonthaggi
and District Historical Society.
Council backs community groups
By Lucy Johnson
LUNCHWORKS Cafe in
Leongatha was the latest
victim of a theft after a
donation tin for the Royal
Children’s Hospital was
taken from the counter.
Owner Faye Olcorn said
she noticed the tin was missing
on Wednesday morning when
she was opening the McCartin
“The tin probably had be-
tween $100 and $150 in it,”
“A lot of our younger cus-
tomers are always putting
change in the tin and it had ac-
cumulated a bit of money for
Mrs Olcorn said while it
was not likely the thief would
be caught, she wants to make
other businesses with donation
tins in store aware of the risk.
“They have stolen money
from children in hospital and it
is a very low act,” she said.
“There are a number of
other businesses who have tins
out too and we do not want
the same thing to happen to
Mrs Olcorn reported the
incident to Leongatha Police,
who recommended other busi-
nesses heed the warning.
“We would suggest that
store owners find a way to se-
cure their tins to ensure they
cannot be easily taken from the
business,” Senior Constable
Rohan Michael said.
“Staff should also do their
best to not leave counters un-
attended. It does not take long
for somebody to come along
and run off with money.”
Tin taken: Faye Olcorn of Lunchworks Cafe in Leongatha indicates where
the Royal Children’s Hospital donation tin stood before it was stolen.
Thieves hit charity A RECENT rescue at Anderson Inlet has
served as a reminder for people to be aware of
tides when crossing sandbanks.
Inverloch State Emergency Service responded to a
call at 10pm on Sunday, January 10 after a family be-
came stranded on a sandbank opposite Cuttriss Street fol-
lowing a sudden rise in the tide.
Police units and paramedics attended the scene, and
SES launched a rescue vessel and quickly found the
The family of two adults and two children were re-
turned without injury to Inverloch Jetty at 10.45pm.
“Although this rescue was successful, due to a rapid
response from the SES volunteers, it was a timely re-
minder of the need to be conscious of tidal movements,
particularly if you venture onto the sandbanks around
sunset,” Inverloch SES representative Bob Smith said.
“Anderson Inlet is well known for its moving sand-
banks and channels which pose a threat to boating, jet
skis and other users. What is often forgotten is the fact
that rising tides can cut off sightseers walking on the ex-
“While it is reasonably simple to paddle back through
shallow water in daylight, this becomes difficult and dan-
gerous at night when the depth of water is difficult, if not
impossible, to judge and sharp drop offs into deep chan-
nels are a real danger.”
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