Northern Victorian dairy communities receive funding

By Country News

Greater Shepparton City Council and the Stanhope and District Development Committee are among several towns in northern Victoria to receive funding as part of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program.

Run in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, the program offers up to $5000 to help build Victorian dairy communities’ capacity to deal with local issues and enhance existing community infrastructure.

Gardiner Dairy Foundation chief executive Clive Noble said the grant funding aimed to strengthen dairy communities through supporting local initiatives.

‘‘These grants help to create more resilient communities, enhance infrastructure and assets that all local people can benefit from,’’ Dr Noble said.

‘‘Many of these projects leverage support from multiple sources to build community facilities where locals gather, like halls and clubrooms; support lifelong learning through education and training; and create community arts and health programs.

‘‘Others look to contribute to creating a more vibrant, cultural community.’’

Greater Shepparton City Council will use the $5000 it receives to build community resilience through delivery of mental health first aid training in the communities of Tatura and Tallygaroopna.

While the Stanhope and District Development Committee will use its $4000 to strengthen community identity and civic pride by creating a mural celebrating Stanhope’s history and its association with the dairy industry.

Other northern Victorian towns to receive funding include Cobram, Cohuna and Rochester.

■In other news, Wayne Harris from FamilyCare will speak on men’s mental health issues at a morning tea hosted by the Tatura Men’s Shed.

The event will coincide with the launch of the Men’s Shed’s men’s health group.

The morning tea will be held on Thursday, July 25, at 10.30am at the Tatura Men’s Shed, 157-161 Ross St, Tatura.