Bass Coast,

Over $44,000 awarded to our community

Bass Coast Shire Council and AusNet Services joined to celebrate the recipients of their two separate community grant programs at a presentation evening last Tuesday.

Between the two programs, 38 grants were awarded totalling $44,350.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said Council was very pleased and very grateful AusNet chose Bass Coast for their grant program.

“Council is focused on building relations and strengthening partnerships with organisations and to promote Ausnet’s grants and combine celebrations with the recipients made a lot of sense.’ Cr Crugnale said.

“Both Council and AusNet are in the service provision business and the awarded funds span a fabulous spectrum projects and activities right across the Shire all administered by equally fabulous and dedicated volunteers.

“If we distill the overall intent down to its essence, it is really all about enhancing community social connectedness and to then have everyone in the one room talking about their local groups and their local projects was priceless.”

Council awarded $24,350 in grants to 28 recipients in Round 3 of the Community Grants Program 2015/16, with around 70 people attending the presentation ceremony.

Several grants were awarded for projects that preserve Bass Coast’s history, with the aim of making it accessible for researchers and visitors. Projects to improve facilities for the community’s much-loved halls were also popular, with Archies Creek Hall and Rhyll Hall both awarded grants.

Funding was also provided to vital support services such as the CFA and Surf Life Savers.

AusNet Services awarded a total of $20,000 to 10 community groups as part of their Energising Your Community Development Grant Program.

“AusNset’s funding focussed on youth benefit; for example the L2P learner driver program to purchase three baby seats so that young mothers can practice with their babies in the car, and the Inverloch Stars Soccer Club received a grant for a portable interchange shelter for players to wait on the sidelines in their winter playing season.”

A revised Bass Coast Shire Council Community Grants program is open for applications. More information is available at