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$1 Million Community Foundation for Alpine, Indigo and Wangaratta Regions

The $1 million Community Foundation for the Alpine, Indigo and Wangaratta Region was recommended by VBAF’s expert Community Advisory Committee (CAC) following a public consultation process with bushfire-affected communities last year.

Additional funding for local initiatives achieved through the CAC process are:

  • Beechworth-Mudgegonga Fire-Affected Communities Quilt Project - $15,500
  • Alpine and Indigo Whole of Landscape Project - $136,945
  • System of Static Water for Community Hubs - $217,555
  • Women’s Facilities at Dederang Recreation Reserve - $100,000

“The aim of the Alpine and Indigo Whole of Landscape Project is to start planting trees with a view to how the residents want the landscape to look in 100 years,” said Indigo Mayor Cr Larry Goldsworthy.

“Avenues of exotic trees will be planted at the entrance to various townships or areas such as Bruarong, to beautify the landscape and create a fire break to protect farms and houses from future fires.” Said Cr Goldsworthy.

Community foundations are independent, locally-run organisations working in a distinct geographic area. They build up a collection of funds over time and service the needs of their communities through the provision of grants.

The $1 million Community Foundation for the Alpine, Indigo and Wangaratta Region was supported by a feasibility study funded through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, a specialist grant-making body which has managed the distribution of more than $25 million in grants to community organisations across Australia over the past 10 years.

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Further information: Cr Larry Goldsworthy ph: 03 5728 2973

Media contact: Jason Frenkel, Communications Advisor, Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund,

ph: 0402 282 251