Extra boost for groups and clubs

Upgrades coming: Mortlake Returned and Services League vice president Steve Hubbard, president Merv Hampson and secretary John McGuigan thanked ACCIONA Energy community relations co-ordinator Michelle Holmes (centre) and project manager Paul Gizinski (second from right) for a $1000 grant through their 2017 sponsorship program.

WIND farm developer ACCIONA Energy has extended a helpful hand to Mortlake and the wider district as part of its annual sponsorship scheme.

This year’s Mortlake South Wind Farm Community Sponsorship Program donations totalled almost $20,000 towards projects in Mortlake.

ACCIONA senior manager Iain Lawrie said the program would support a number of key local events and groups.

“It is fantastic to continue supporting some of our favourite local events like the Noorat Show and the Terang Gift,” he said.

“We are always looking for more ways to help out local community groups, so we are delighted to fund projects at Mortlake Kindergarten and the Mortlake Returned and Services League (RSL) too.”

The program allocations for 2017 included the:

• Terang Country Music Festival – $5000;

• Noorat and District Agricultural and Pastoral Society – $2500 towards the 2018 Noorat Show;

• Mortlake Kindergarten – $2272 towards the construction of a vegetable garden;

• Riding Develops Abilities (RDA) Terang Group – $2000 for the purchase of adaptive equipment and program costs;

• Mt Shadwell Calisthenics Club – $2000 towards the purchase of new club bags and costumes; and

• Terang Athletics Club towards the running of the upcoming Terang Gift.

Other successful applicants were the Mortlake RSL, the Anglican Parish of Mortlake and Moyne Arts Inc.

Mortlake RSL secretary John McGuigan said their sponsorship would upgrade the honour boards to include gold leaf lettering, rather than vinyl stickers.

“The difference is amazing,” he said.

“We just thought it had to be done.”

RDA Terang president Ian McSween thanked ACCIONA for its support of the Glenormiston College program.

“We are very pleased that ACCIONA has given us $2000 to help run the programs and buy equipment,” he said.

“We are really grateful for the support.”

Mt Shadwell Calisthenics Club coach Kay Snowden said the children would appreciate the new equipment.

“We thank ACCIONA so much for the $2000 grant to help with uniforms and equipment for everyone,” she said.

“It is much appreciated by us all.”

Since 2010, ACCIONA Energy has provided about $90,000 towards local community and sporting groups across Mortlake, Terang, Noorat and Kolora.

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