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Pick your own project

By Riverine Herald

GANNAWARRA Shire is encouraging communities to enter projects into the Victorian Government’s Pick My Project initiative.

Pick My Project is a community grants program which gives Victorians the chance to register project ideas and vote for which one will most improve their communities.

Mayor Brian Gibson said it was a first of its kind in Victoria with $30 million allocated to fund community ideas around the state.

“This is a unique opportunity to submit project ideas with the objective of making your community a better place to live,” he said.

“Ideas could include sport and recreation activities, improving health and wellbeing, innovation and technology, economic development and tourism, arts and culture, and ideas that bring community together.

‘‘Council really encourages communities to work together to come up with a project idea for each town.”

Funding between $20,000 and $200,000 is available to support individual projects, with applications closing on Sunday.

Community members will need to submit project ideas together with an eligible partner organisation, such as a community group, school, local council or a government department.

Ideas will then be assessed and voted on by the community, with winning projects to be announced in September.

Projects must be completed within a 12 month period.

“Get talking, spread the word and start thinking about your great project idea,’’ Cr Gibson said.

‘‘If you need any help from council to develop your ideas or with the application process then give our grants officer Jane Ogden a call by Thursday, June 21, on 54509333.”

To submit your project idea or to find out more, visit pickmyproject.vic.gov.au