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    REGIONAL BOOST: Ararat mayor Jo Armstrong with Moyston Sheep Dog Trials co-organiser Max McLean at Moyston Recreation Reserve.

Community grants available for Ararat groups

Ararat municipal leaders are encouraging community groups, clubs and organisations to apply for a $95,000 community support program designed to aid financial recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the last round of a Community Support Grants program, Ararat Rural City Council provided up to $5000 for groups, including Moyston Sheep Dog Trials organisers, who used the money to build all-abilities seating at Moyston Recreation Reserve. 

Lake Bolac Eel Festival organisers also used grant money to launch a Harmony Day concert. 

Council chief executive Tim Harrison said the grants, offered multiple times each year, enhanced Ararat events and increased participation in sport and recreation across the region. 

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“Funding support from council recognises the vital role local groups and clubs have on community life in rural towns,” he said.

“Strong communities are the lifeblood of our region and what makes Ararat a great place to live.”

Dr Harrison said the program helped community groups bring new people to experience the region and gave people an opportunity to socialise and enjoy rural traditions such as the sheep-dog trials. 

“The Moyston Sheep Dog Trials is a great event that embodies the qualities we want to foster in our region and has a rich 93-year history,” he said. 

“The event started from a bet of whose working dog was better at the local pub in 1927 and has grown to attract sheepdogs and their owners from across Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and NSW.

“Grant funding from the council helped organisers cover the costs associated with the event, such as catering, venue hire and advertising.”

Dr Harrison said the council would allocate money on a two-for-one basis, meaning the council would provide two dollars for each dollar contributed by an organisation.

More information and application forms are available at the council’s office in Vincent Street or online at

Applications close on May 18. 

The entire April 28, 2021 edition of The Weekly Advertiser and AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!