Bald Hills Wind Farm Community Fund 2019 Grant Recipients

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District Grant – Tarwin District Auto Festival

The $5,000 district grant was awarded to the Venus Bay, Tarwin Lower & District Men’s Shed to support the Tarwin District Auto Festival.  The Tarwin District Auto Festival will be held on Sunday 3 November, 2019 (Melbourne Cup weekend) at the Tarwin Recreational Reserve, Walkerville Road.  For more information about the Auto Festival, please contact Michael Gardner at

Small Grant Awards

The following organisations were successful in their applications for a Small Grant (being $2,000 or under):

  • Tarwin Wildlife Shelter (auspiced by the Walkerville Ratepayers and Residents Inc) for infrastructure maintenance at the Shelter;
  • Thirsty Works Gallery for Community Art Materials to purchase materials to support art and printmaking classes;
  • Tarwin Lower Primary School to purchase and install two new flag poles adjacent to the existing flagpole to enable the school to display the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island flags side by side. The funding will also allow for landscaping, which will contain Australian native plants.  The flag poles will enhance cultural awareness and support the Respectful Relationships initiative.
  • Friends of Venus Bay to support the Tarwin Wildlife and Habitat Expo 2020, to be held on Australia Day weekend (25-26 January 2020) at the Tarwin Lower Mechanics Hall. The Expo will share knowledge and ideas for environmental awareness and proceeds from the Expo will be used to support local wildlife shelters.  More information on the Expo can be found at, or contact Debbie Birkett, Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula management committee at
  • Amanda King (auspiced by the Tarwin Lower & District Community Health Centre Inc) for the Hive 2 Honey Community BEE Keeping Project. The funding will provide Bee hive boxes, including a glass viewing hive box that can be taken to schools and community groups, and safety equipment for workshops and demonstrations.
  • Watch for Wildlife (auspiced by the Walkerville Ratepayers and Residents Inc) to construct A-frame and durable signs to engage and educate residents and visitors about the presence of wildlife on the roads between Venus Bay, Tarwin Lower and Walkerville. The aim is to have zero native animal road deaths in the area.
  • Venus Bay Surf Lifesaving Club for an upgrade to its website, which will make it easier for the Club’s 540 members, and the general public, to get updates on weather conditions and beach hazards. The new website will advertise events, activities, programs & fundraising and will have a member portal, online store, calendar and news.
  • Grants Only Group to purchase a laptop for the group so they have additional resources to submit grants on behalf of local organisations.
  • Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute to purchase a projector for the hall, which will make the hall more attractive to hirers and will enable the hall to provide movies for the local community and visitors.
  • Venus Bay Community Centre for the Venus Bay Water Tank Mural Project, which will see murals featuring Australian Birds native to Venus Bay painted on the water tanks located near Jupiter Park, Venus Bay. The Bald Hills Wind Farm grant will fund the design, materials and construction of four information signs for the Water Tank Mural Project.  The interpretive signs will provide information on each of the featured birds.  A QR code will be included on the signs to enable viewers to to access more information relating to the wildlife of the district.