Bass Coast,

Council Awards Record Grants

Bass Coast Shire Council awarded $142,400 in grants to 66 community projects in the first round of Bass Coast Community Grants for 2015-16 – the biggest first round of community grants yet.

Presentations for this major grants round were held with a ‘full house’ at the Council Chamber in Wonthaggi on Monday, 27 July.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said it was fantastic to see so many groups receive grants for a wide variety of projects.

“Our Community Grants continue to attract new applicants, with more groups taking the opportunity to apply for funding, which enables them to embark on projects they may not have otherwise been able to do.”

Cr Brown also said it was great to see projects completed thanks to Community Grants.

Having received two Community Grants, Wonthaggi Bowls Club recently completed their latest project; the upgrade of their men’s bathroom facilities, replacing the original one built in 1968.

“Community Grants helped us to install solar panels on our roof and complete the modernisation of our aging men’s toilet facilities,” Club President, Fred Kellow, said, adding both projects would also help to reduce ongoing electricity and water costs.

“Community Grants help us complete projects we wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise.”

Mr Kellow said applying for grants also wasn’t a daunting process.

“We attended one of Council’s information sessions at Cape Paterson and Melissa (Council’s Community Grants Officer) is more than willing to provide further help should we need it.”

Cape Woolamai Coast Action (CWCA) also recently completed their Coastal Reserve Restoration and Preservation project thanks to a Community Grant.

As a volunteer group, Cr Brown said CWCA’s capacity to complete weed removal from the reserve was limited.

“A grant for $2,500 allowed them to employ the assistance of contractors to carry out substantial woody weeding, with the group able to then undertake a concerted revegetation program of the area to enhance and preserve the foreshore,” Cr Brown said.

Applicants from Round 2 of Council’s Community Grants will be notified about their grant application outcome from 17 September, 2015. For more information, please visit