SALE Greyhound Club has donated almost $30,000 to 10 community groups and sports clubs in Wellington Shire.
Maffra Cemetery Trust will build a children’s memorial gazebo, the Bundalaguah Hall will buy a shipping container for storage, Sale Lions Club will repair its barbecue trailer, and Heyfield Community Resource Centre will begin a community garden centre.
Sale Croquet Club will build walls and a roof for its outside pavilion at Stephenson Park, Sale United Football Club will upgrade the floors in its clubrooms, Wellington Cycle Club will refurbish its trailer, and Sale Football Netball Club will install a water fountain near the netball courts.
Rosedale Bowls Club will replace its bowling green, and the Golden-Paradise Beach Bowls Club will buy new equipment.
The funding is part of a five-year plan to donate money back into the community, according to Greyhound club venue manager Peter Johnston.
“The whole idea is to involve the whole community,” he said.
“We’re a community club within the community — it’s on our mission statement to look after the community.”
Lions club president Steve Boyce said the money was an opportunity to give the barbecue, used at charitable events all over the district, a bit of love.
“We’re extremely appreciative of their support,” he said.
At the Maffra cemetery, the new gazebo will create a more pleasant place for people to sit, and chairman John Little said improvements would continue in the children’s section.
“We can’t spend cemetery money on certain things,” he said.
“This is a community thing, and when it came up, we thought, why not?”