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Community grants on the ground

FEDERAL Member for Franklin Julie Collins is seeing firsthand the impact community grants are having on the ground for local groups and organisations.

Ms Collins met with the Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre and Montagu Bay Primary School recently, who were both recipients of funding through two community grants programs.

Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre were successful in receiving a $7,800 grant through the Stronger Communities Program, which it used for the purchase or new solar panels.

These solar panels will assist the centre in energy conservation and help bring down electricity bills.

Ms Collins also met with Montagu Bay Primary School principal Cathy Young and staff to see plans for the new bike track that has been made possible with a $20,000 grant through the Local Schools Community Fund.

The new bike track will be open to the community and will promote exercise and healthy lifestyles for students and the wider community.

“I am pleased to be able to support local community groups and schools for funding through community grant programs and was honoured to be able to meet and discuss these projects further,” Ms Collins said.

“This funding comes as part of more than $175,000 that I have been able to deliver for the Eastern Shore community since November 2019 through a range of community grant programs.”

Ms Collins will be meeting with a number of community groups on the Eastern Shore over the next few months who have received funding through a number of community grants for the Franklin Electorate including the Communities Environment Program, the Local Schools Community Fund and round five of the Stronger Communities Program.

* Please note these visits were undertaken in February, before Australian outbreak of COVID-19 and social distancing measures put in place by the Government and the chief medical officer.

Caption: Federal Member for Franklin Julie Collins with Kristy Leishman at the Clarendon Vale Community House.

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