2016/17 Annual Grants Program presentation evening

Published: 17 Aug 2016 4:22pm

Sixty-six community groups, individuals and organisations will be presented with funding as part of the City of Wagga Wagga's 2016/17 Annual Grants Program.

The grants program provides an annual funding opportunity for the Wagga Wagga Local Government area and aims to support local community-based groups, with a total of $175,000 on offer across six categories.

The formal presentation evening for the successful applicants will be held at the Civic Theatre on Thursday 18 August from 6pm.

The Annual Grants Program consists of six grant categories: Community Health and Wellbeing, Connected Rural and Urban Communities, Arts and Culture, Local Heritage, Events, and Sustainable Environments.

The grants application period opened on 21 March and closed on 31 May with 105 applications received. Applications were assessed by category specific panels comprising of a Councillor, Council staff and independent external representatives.

Organisation Name

Project Description

Funding Approved

Wagga Wagga Combined Hockey Association

Installation of safety nets at the car park end of both synthetic fields.


Wagga Rugby League

Construction of a retaining wall around the new transformer in the North/Eastern corner of McDonalds Park.


Kyeamba Kennel & Training Club

Install new water line at property for off-leash area water supply.


Mangoplah Cookardinia United Eastlakes Football & Netball Club Inc

Upgrade to clubhouse: Strip back/ prepare & paint. Build veranda and veranda shelter.


Quinty Mens Shed Inc.

Water and sewer connection to the Quinty Mens Shed for future connection of toilets.


Collingullie Glenfield Park Junior Football and Netball Club

Lighting for new netball facility at Glenfield Oval.


Sub Category – Community Programs and Projects

Organisation Name

Project Description

Funding Approved

Regional Oxygen Bank inc.

Purchase and maintain a portable oxygen machine suitable for children.


United Protestants Association

Community Connectedness bus for the elderly.


Culture Club

Monthly sports days (involving activities, games and try-days) to provide ways of motivating community members to stay healthy.


Country Hope

Rashies for carers at camps so they are easily identifiable by children and staff during swimming excursions.


Wagga Wagga Croquet Club

Purchase three sets of hoops that can be adjusted to allow beginners to learn the game.


CanTeen ACT and Southern NSW Division

CanTeen Awareness & Education Project in Wagga Wagga Schools: To educate students and staff about how to help support young people living with cancer.


Wagga and Riverina Occasional Orienteers (WaggaRoos)

Purchase of equipment to improve result management at orienteering events.


Wagga Women's Health Centre - Health Promotion

'Move it for Your Mind': A health education and participation program that uses physical activity to support good mental health in women.


Liberty From Violence

Serenity Garden: A project aimed at providing victims of domestic violence (women) at She Housing with a private and tranquil setting for reflection.


Wagga Wagga Domestic Violence Liaison Committee

Build a website for the Wagga Wagga Domestic Violence Liaison Committee.


Wagga Autism Support Group Incorporated

'Sensory Santa Photo Shoot': Created for families with special needs children that have sensory disorders and cannot have a regular 'Santa Photo' because of the sensory barrier.


Luke Olsen

A cricket program for children aged 8 – 13 years from refugee backgrounds run by Cricket NSW.


"Grandparents Doing It Tough" (GDIT) Support Group - Centacare SW NSW

'Grandparents Doing It Tough': Support group community resource booklet for grandparents raising grandchildren.



Connected Rural and Urban Communities Grants

Sub Category – Neighbourhood and Rural Village

Organisation Name

Project Description

Funding Approved

North Wagga Rainbow Playgroup

Revitalise North Wagga Playgroup venue so the group are able to continue regular visits.


Ladysmith P and C Association

Ladysmith P and C Duathlon 2016.


Ashmont Preschool Inc.

Ngumba-dal (Unity)': Provide program for children, staff and parents of Ashmont Preschool to connect with and develop relationships with the Hands on Weaver Inc. members from the Ngurra Hub next door to Ashmont Preschool.


Humula Branch CWA

Support the establishment of the Humula Progress Association.


Humula Public School

Humula Community Newsletter.


1st Wagga Wagga Scout Group – Kooringal

New Air Conditioning.  


Tarcutta Progress Association

Tarcutta Community Newsletter.



Sub Category – Rural Halls


Organisation Name

Project Description

Funding Approved

Mangain Community Centre Volunteers

Stage 1 Refurbishment of Toilet Block


Ganmain Gun Club

Maintenance to club house


Arts and Culture

Organisation Name

Project Description

Funding Approved

Culture Club

Cultural Delight and Flight: A series of activities involving henna and kites to encourage communities and individuals to connect.


Riverina Concert Band

The Riverina Concert Band Professional Development and Performance Workshop.


Sam Bowker

'Have Poets Left a Patch to Sew?': A textile exhibition and seminar.


Caroline Candusso

Author/illustrator talks to local primary schools about her picture book 'Spring'.


Wagga and District Highland Pipe Band

Equipment and uniform upgrade. Much of the Pipe Bands equipment was destroyed in the floods.


The Cad Factory

'Re/creating: An exhibition featuring the work of 23 female Riverina based artists.


Eliza Shephard

The Extended Flute Workshop: a two-day workshop held at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music.


U3A Wagga Wagga Inc

To purchase the necessary equipment required for the courses being run or proposed to be run.


The Leisure Company

'Art For One Art For All': A creative workshop aimed at developing social skills and community integration for people with a disability.


Luke Vineburg

Creating a new artwork to replace an existing artwork on the external wall of the Playsession Hall at the Botanic Gardens.


Burmese Kachin Community of Wagga Wagga

Purchase musical instruments to be used at events, activities and at our performances at local festivals and gatherings.


Society for Creative Anachronism - Bordescros

Purchase and decorate a Saxon trader's tent for group use, and tools for the manufacture of leather armour.



Local Heritage

Organisation Name

Project Description

Funding Approved


Anthony McLeod

External redecoration at 9 Roma Street Wagga Wagga.


Rachel Byrnes

Remove paint from front brickwork at 121 Morgan Street Wagga Wagga.


Travis Keith

Repainting heritage façade at 129 Best Street.


Wagga Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre

Wagga Physio reinstatement of original heritage period colour scheme in conservation area at 45 Best Street.


Penny Evans and Matthew Evans

Preparation and repainting of exterior of dwelling at 109 Tompson Street.


Anglican Parish of Wagga Wagga

Restoration of the World War 1 memorial/honour board  at the Anglican Parish of Wagga Wagga


Narelle Oehm

Restoration of front fence at 12 Freer Street.


Downside Recreation Reserve & Public Hall Trust

'Send it Down Huey': Remove and reinstall guttering down pipes from Downside Hall. Install rain water tank and pump.




Organisation Name

Project Description

Funding Approved

Riverina Truck Show and Kids Convoy

'Riverina Truck Show and Kids Convoy' charity fundraising event.


Bale Out Ball Inc

'Farm Draft 2016'. An event to engage, educate and entertain people from both rural and metropolitan backgrounds.


The Forrest Centre

'The Fairway Dinner 'An event to raise funds for the new Forrest Centre Hospice'.


Riverina Group CWA of NSW

CWA of NSW Riverina Group 90th Conference.


Borambola Wines

Cork & Fork Festival Event.


King Events

Speaker Spotlight Sessions: Sessions to showcase high profile people and make them accessible for people living in the City of Wagga Wagga.


Riverina All Schools MTB Challenge Organising committee

Riverina All Schools MTB Challenge: The first all schools mountain biking race in this region, staged at Pomingalarna Reserve.


Wagga Wagga Folk Society Inc.

The 47th Uranquinty Folk Festival Youth Concert.


Wagga Wagga Athletics & Little Athletics

Hosting 2017 Region 4 Little Athletics Championships Carnival.


Wagga City Rugby Male Choir Inc.

Male Voice Choir Concert event in Wagga in October 2016.


Rural Appreciation Weekend

Rural Appreciation Weekend (RAW) 2016: Held in Wagga and Tarcutta this event showcases the Riverina to Australia's future health workforce and to convey country hospitality and sense of community in rural towns like Tarcutta.


Wagga Wagga Fencing Club

Riverina Fencing Championship September 2016


Australian International Animation Festival (AIAF)

Australian International Animation Festival (AIAF): This event will be held at Forum 6, bringing the world's best animation to Wagga audiences.


Wagga International Jazz Day

Organise and produce an outstanding Jazz concert in Wagga Wagga for International Jazz Day.



Sustainable Environments

Organisation Name

Project Description

Funding Approved

South Wagga Public School

South Wagga Public School Garden: To create a vegetable garden with the purpose of reconnecting the students and wider school community with how food is grown and where it comes from.


Christopher Orchard

Develop the Wagga Flora Biodiversity information website to increase scale/scope in Flora Location Mapping. Funding will help develop flora location map at Willans Hill, where designated walks are geomapped to generate a digital information system to guide users on a series of biodiversity walks on site. 


Kapooka Early Childhood Centre Inc

Kapooka Happy Hens: Purchase of six (6) hens and construction of the hen house.


Murrumbidgee Landcare inc

Community Outdoor Cinema and BBQ Nights to help build profile of Landcare in the Wagga Wagga Local Government area.