Grants building a better region


SEVERAL initiatives within the G21 region have received grants under the federal government’s Building Better Region Fund, Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson announced this week (2-4 August 2017).

The Birregurra Community Group will receive $245,500 towards its “I have a hall in my heart” project; the proposed Diversability Centre at Diversitat’s Northen Community Hub at Norlane will receive $314,000; and the Kids Plus Foundation’s proposed National Centre for Therapy, Research and Training in Geelong will receive $1.47 million.

These grants were in addition to $200,000 for a Winchelsea netball pavilion, announced jointly by Regional Development Minister Fiona Nash and Ms Henderson earlier in the week. Click here for details.

Birregurra Community Group

The project will see the transformation of the Birregurra Mechanics Institute into a quality all-season, regional cultural facility and digital hub for communities in the Otways.

A key objective of the project is to increase opportunities for cultural tourism in Birregurra and the cultural participation of hard-to-reach demographics in the community including youth, indigenous and senior community members.

The project will see the installation of live performance and exhibition technology including stage/exhibition lighting, live streaming/video conferencing capabilities with cinema grade projector, dressing room and storage space.

A disability toilet will be added, along with LED lighting, compliant seating and accessibility ramps.

A village green outside the hall will be developed with signage, seating, pathways, a performance space and interactive sculptures.
Regional Arts Victoria, Colac Otway Shire, Birregurra Art Show and Birregurra Community Group are also contributing to the $491,000 project

Norlane Diversability Centre

The new $628,000 Diversability Centre will provide National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support services to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) people with a disability and for their families and carers.

The 200 sqm stand-alone facility will feature 16 open plan office spaces, two private office spaces and one meeting room. While being a stand-alone building, it will be situated at the Northern Community Hub site allowing for the pooling of resources with the other facilities located on the site and will include solar technology to reduce operational costs.

The Diversability Centre will be shared with Refugee Settlement Services, the Healthy Living Centre (community aged care for 65 years old CALD people), Women’s Shed (hosting social enterprise and craft and sewing activities) and Community Garden (CALD plot holders).

The Diversability Centre will deliver services such as case management; home and respite care support; culturally accessible information in a range of translated formats and interpretation services to assist CALD people to link with NDIS.

Kids Plus’ National Centre for Therapy, Research and Training

The $2.97m KPF (Kids Plus Foundation) Centre will be a purpose built facility enabling the provision of specialist multidisciplinary therapy programs to 250 children and their families across Geelong and greater Barwon region of South West Victoria.

The KPF centre will provide:

• physical therapy programs to more than 250 children by 2022 including physiotherapy and occupational therapy;
• training, tuition, mentoring, professional secondments and research partnerships; and
• particular expertise in programs to children with cerebral palsy, the most common physical disability in childhood.

The KPF Centre will comprise therapy rooms, meeting and teaching rooms and employee work spaces.

Kids Plus will triple its current service delivery capacity through the KPF Centre, creating up to 25 allied health positions in the process, a significant boost in employment.

Contributions to this project have been made by the Kids Plus Foundation, Anthony Costa Foundation, Give Where You Live Foundation and Geelong Christian Spiritual Church.

More information about the Building Better Region’s Fund can be found at

Source: Based on media releases by Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson
Photo: MP Sarah Henderson, Kids Plus CEO Shaun Cannon, mum Debbie Low and daughter Keisha at the funding announcement. Credit: Photo courtesy of the Geelong Advertiser.