We are pleased to announce seven Kilmore community groups – including a food bank, wildlife shelter and historical society – have been awarded a share of more than $10,000 in grants as part of our Broadstead Community Grants program.

We launched the initiative in April in partnership with sales and marketing specialist red23 with local groups, not-for-profit organisations and charities encouraged to apply, to assist with projects and initiatives to help grow their services in the Kilmore area, where we recently released the first stage of our Broadstead Kilmore community.

A panel of judges, comprised of North Central Review editor Lauren Duffy, Mitchell Shire’s Gavin Wilson, Red23’s Terry Portelli and our Head of Developments Chris Ravat, assessed the applications to select the below seven recipients:

  • The Kilmore Historical Society was awarded $2000 for a new book on Kilmore Walk, which will guide people on four walking routes through Kilmore’s historic areas.
  • Murrindindi Ranges Wildlife Shelter was given a $2000 grant to help with running a large shelter for 150 injured and orphaned animals and to provide a 24/7 rescue service to Murrindindi, the Mitchell Shire region, and surrounding towns.
  • Love in Action Broadford was given $2000 to purchase food, which it supplies to families in need in Kilmore, Broadford and surrounds every Friday.
  • The Toy Library of Kilmore was awarded $1400 to replace its 15-year-old laptop to improve its offering of providing toys to children, including those with special needs, to assist in their growth and development.
  • Kilmore District Men’s Shed was granted $1305 to replace old equipment/units so members can pursue their activities in a safe and economical manner.
  • Zonta Club of Mitchell was awarded $1000 for its Dignity Bag project, which provides cloth bags filled with toiletries, such as shampoo, tampons and pads, for girls and women needing emergency supplies.
  • Kilmore Wallan RSL Sub Branch Inc received $679 for a new printer to submit claims on behalf of veterans.

Our General Manager of Developments, Dr Andrew Ashwood, says Jinding fielded applications from a diverse range of not-for-profit groups in the region.

“We were very impressed by the strong calibre of the applications, which goes to show the sheer depth of community spirit in Kilmore and the surrounding region,” he says.

“It was extraordinarily difficult to whittle the list down to just seven recipients and we look forward to supporting more community organisations through next year’s grants program.

“Kilmore is such a special area, not just because of its unique heritage buildings and strong sporting spirit, but the way the entire community pitches in to make it a better place.

“We’re very pleased we chose the area for our new Broadstead Kilmore community, which has been well received by buyers.”

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