CBI groups doing it for themselves

Five Community Building Groups in the Alpine Shire have now won more than $312,000 in funding for projects which will deliver improvements for their communities.

Three years ago Council received funding to run a Community Building Initiative project in the five towns - Harrietville, Porepunkah, Wandiligong, Tawonga and Dederang. The aim of the CBI groups was to develop skills within each community so residents could work locally to improve their community.

Alpine Mayor, Cr Nino Mautone said the most recent grants were to the Dederang and Harrietville CBI groups, who have received more than $30,000 from the McPherson Smith Community Alliance towards projects they had identified.

"The Harrietville CBI group held a community picnic on Sunday (March 14) to acknowledge the support of the McPherson Smith Community Alliance toward building public toilets at the Tronoh Dredge Hole and beautifying the area. They have an afternoon of activities planned and put a lot of work into getting to this point," Cr Mautone said.

The Dederang CBI group received $5000 from the Alliance toward signage which tells visitors all there is to do in Dederang and district.

Chairperson of the Dederang group, Tina Flint said they are now working to develop the information that should be included on the signage, which will include a map showing points of interest and possible sites to visit.

"We are keen to hear from the local community about what they think should be included on this map in order that visitors stop rather than drive through the town," Mrs Flint said.

Cr Mautone said the CBI groups had attracted funding for a range of projects from shade sails to heritage projects and a leadership program for youth, through to the redevelopment of the Porepunkah Hall.

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