Congratulations to the 2014 Local Project winners!
The ten fantastic projects below have been chosen by community voting to share in $100,000 in funding.
The winners in Education
Eastern Ranges School Garden
The Eastern Ranges School garden is designed for intellectually disabled and autistic children. We want to work together as a team to create a great garden for their school.
We could teach other kids to learn together through the garden program. We can use the garden produce in our cooking program and save money. We can take extra produce home for our families. We could donate our produce to those who need it.
Alkira Intellectual Disability Services Commercial Kitchen Development
We are a disability service which is looking to upgrade our kitchen facilities to be in a position to educate our clients in operating commercial kitchen equipment. Once trained, the clients will be able to apply for employment opportunities in the hospitality industry.
When job opportunities arise, this will mean that the applicant and prospective employer can feel confident that required skills have been achieved as accredited industry certificates will be awarded to the student.
The winners in Community
One Million Meals
Each week, 500 volunteers come to FareShare to cook donated surplus food into 20,000 free nutritious meals. The meals are cooked in our charity kitchen in Abbotsford and distributed free to charities across Victoria to help people in-need.
Funding would allow us to employ a qualified, experienced chef to supervise volunteers in our kitchen at night to cook free nutritious, appealing meals for children. We could expand our regular volunteer team, support other charities, provide our cooked meals, and reach out to other community groups.
Bendigo Community Autism Resource Centre
The aim of the centre is to support and provide programs for children, teenagers and adults living with autism and their families and provide information and resources to the wider community to promote acceptance of autism.
Funding will go towards Lego for the Lego room; Sensory shapes and a reading hub for the sensory library; 10 computers for the computer club; and an outdoor sensory play area Books for people of all ages for the sensory library jumping castle.
The winners in Culture
Maslenitsa Slavic Pancake Festival
A vibrant group of organisers together with 150 volunteers and 400 performers want to transform Federation Square into a Slavic village emulating the spirit of Russia. To make the project a huge success, we need some marketing expertise so that the whole of our city knows about this event.
Previous years we had 40,000 attending. Next year we're aiming for 60,000. We would like to employ a project officer to help approach and involve other communities (multicultural and mainstream) so that it truly is a festival for all.
Melbourne City Ballet – Coppelia
Melbourne City Ballet is a non-profit organisation who will be putting on a production of Coppelia to offer low income families the opportunity to experience ballet by a professional company. Melbourne City Ballet provides all income groups an opportunity to see this previously elitist art form.
We strive to reignite the passion for dance in Victoria and hope to inspire young up-and-coming dancers. Funding will go towards sets, costumes, lighting design, theatre rental, support for dancers and to maintain our premises as well as advertising costs.
The winners in Environment
Cubby Power Kids
Cubby Power Kids is a compact pavilion, green house, and day-to-day teaching and learning space for demonstrating sustainable life. This practical tool helps explain and demonstrate the basic scientific principals applied to sustainable buildings and environments.
This public space would be open for Hurstbridge Community and visitors, and will act as an experimental laboratory for teaching and learning in Hurtstbridge Primary School. Our Cubby Power Kids project was shortlisted in The Local Project 2013, Bank of Melbourne.
Creating a permanent indoor forest for cleaner air
Northcity4 is a not-for-profit, shared artists studio and education space in Brunswick. Our dream is to create a sustainable, permanent, air-purifying green installation.
This large indoor forest will live in our shared workspace and help us become a leading community with a deep understanding on how indoor plants can assist in cleansing the air. As makers, we frequently use various materials and fabrication methods, which create air-borne residues in our studio. Our project would benefit the immediate community of artists, students and visitors, and the wider community.
The winners in Recreation
Suburban Outdoor Fitness Zone
Beaumaris North Primary School (BNPS) has the biggest government school oval in the Bayside district. We want to create a Suburban Outdoor Fitness Zone.
It involves purpose-built, professionally-installed fitness equipment placed around the oval, which all ages can access during and after school hours. We want our community to Get UP and GO! and get in the Zone - The Fitness Zone - by creating an area with outdoor fitness equipment open to the locals to use at any time.
Bunyip strikers need a change room / meeting place
Bunyip Strikers have only existed for five years but now have four junior teams and a senior team. Only 10% of current participants are girls and our 2015 aim is to establish an all-girls team, as well as continue to increase family involvement in the club.
To cater for more females and family involvement in the club, funding will help contribute to us establishing a girls change room, and a meeting room.