Funding helps boost local projects

Bright future: Acciona Energy community relations co-ordinator Kirsten Lee, Mortlake Community Development Committee president Keith Peart and Acciona Energy business development project manager Paul Gizinski at the Mortlake skate park.

Bright future: Acciona Energy community relations co-ordinator Kirsten Lee, Mortlake Community Development Committee president Keith Peart and Acciona Energy business development project manager Paul Gizinski at the Mortlake skate park.

MOYNE Shire Youth Council has been successful in its bid for funding towards further development of the Mortlake skate park.

The Youth Council, along with a group of Mortlake P-12 College Year 8 students will receive $13,450 through wind farm developer Acciona Energy’s local sponsorship program.

Moyne Shire Council passed a motion to approve a funding allocation of $15,000 towards the project during its last Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday.

Mortlake Community Development Committee (MCDC) president Keith Peart said the development will have several benefits for the town.

“It’s going to be good for tourism and provide good support for the caravan park,” Mr Peart said.

“The Mortlake skate park is very popular with young people in the area.

“These developments will mean it is more welcoming for the whole family.”

The first stage of the project will include building a car park from the existing surface, creating a ‘chill-out’ area and installing a shelter and picnic tables.

MCDC and the Youth Council applied to receive matching funding under Moyne Shire Council’s first round of their community assistance funding allocations.

Mr Peart said it is especially pleasing that Mortlake students took the initiative to secure the funding.

A spokesperson for the development and Mortlake College Year 9 student Keely Moore was “happy” that she, her fellow students and Moyne Youth Council representatives were able to secure funding, after about a year of work.

She hoped the development would remove some of the stigma currently surrounding the site, adding it would become a “big part” of Mortlake’s youth culture.

Acciona will commit a further $4000 towards the Terang Mortlake Football Netball Club (TMFNC).

TMFNC general manager Sharon Roberts said the funding was “fantastic” and would be used to purchase new electronic scoreboards for the Terang and Mortlake netball courts.

Mortlake Men’s Shed will install a caravan pull-out awning after receiving a $550 boost from the sponsorship program.

Acciona Energy senior manager Iain Lawrie said the renewable energy company’s sponsorship program was a way to support the local community around the proposed Mortlake South wind farm.

“There are some fantastic projects in today’s announcement like the upgrading of the scoreboards at the Terang Mortlake Netball Club,” Mr Lawrie said.

“Acciona has now provided more than $70,000 to local community and sporting groups in Mortlake, Noorat, Kolora and Terang since 2010.”

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