Sustainable Communities Fund Recipients Foster Social Cohesion

22 August 2011

Initiatives such as Festivals that foster social cohesion are the big winners in this year’s Codrington/Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund.

“Festivals provide economic and social sustainability to the Port Fairy and surrounding communities and it is really encouraging to see the calibre of initiatives that encourage social cohesion,” said Mr Lane Crockett, Pacific Hydro’s General Manager for Australia.

“Seventeen noteworthy programs have shared in the $50,000 pool of funding this year,” said Mr Crockett who visited Yambuk to meet with successful community applicants at the Sustainable Communities Fund presentation ceremony. (16 August).

Festivals that have received funding include the Tarerer Festival which celebrates Indigenous culture through art, dance, music and food and the Winter Weekends in Port Fairy which provides economic stimulus to the town during the winter low season.

“Other successful recipients cover a broad range of programs and include purchasing lawn maintenance equipment for the Port Fairy Lawn Tennis Club which will allow the club to maintain their grounds efficiently; and rescue equipment for the Port Fairy Marine Rescue Service,” said Mr Crockett.

Each year for the operating life of the Codrington and Yambuk Wind Farms, $50,000 is made available to local community groups through the company’s Sustainable Communities Fund.

“It’s always difficult to short list applicants when there are so many worthy applications,” said Mr Crockett. “We received 32 applications highlighting the fantastic work being undertaken by community organisations. It’s just unfortunate we were not able to fund them all.”

This year’s funding has been shared between groups working in Yambuk, Orford, Port Fairy, Killarney and Koroit.

“We congratulate the community groups who have received funding and extend our thanks to the Moyne Shire Council and community members who have assisted us in reviewing applications. Their help has been instrumental in identifying local priorities,” said Mr Crockett.

The Codrington/Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund supports community activities taking place within local areas surrounding the wind farm.  The Fund covers environmental, health, sporting, cultural and educational projects and is available each year for the life of the wind farms’ operation.