Media Release

Kalbar Operations announces inaugural community grant recipients

   Tuesday 4th May, 2021

Kalbar Operations has announced the five successful recipients for the first round of the community grants program launched this year.

The first round of grant funding attracted 11 applications from community groups across the East Gippsland and Wellington Shire areas.

“We were thrilled to receive this many applications for our inaugural community grant round and all the applications we received were of a high standard and very deserving,” said Kalbar Operations CEO Jozsef Patarica.

“Our selection committee is made up of community representatives and Kalbar staff and we certainly had a tough job to select the successful applications,” said Mr Patarica.
“Although we were not able to support all applications received, we do encourage the unsuccessful applicants to apply again for funding when Round 2 opens on 14 May 2021.”

Representatives from four of the five successful community groups attended a morning tea at the Kalbar office in Bairnsdale to celebrate their success in being awarded grant funding and marked the occasion as Kalbar’s inaugural community grant recipients.

Warmest congratulations go to the following community groups who received funding from Round 1:

Representatives from the Lindenow Memorial Hall, Metung Community Garden, East Gippsland Rail Trail and George Gray Centre attended a celebratory morning tea at the Kalbar Operations office.

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Lindenow Memorial Hall

Funds for new crockery and cutlery to replace mismatched and old crockery. The hall is used extensively by elderly residents in the area and well utilised for a range of social functions that support the local community.

Metung Community Garden

Funds for materials to create new garden beds to expand the Metung Community Garden. This garden connects people within the community and builds skills in how to grow vegetables and community members benefit from consuming the freshly-grown produce.

Lindenow South Football Netball Club

Funds to purchase football jumpers for the first women’s football team, with a portion of the funds to be allocated towards jumpers for indigenous players.

East Gippsland Rail Trail

Funds to build seats and tables along the East Gippsland Rail Trail which stretches 100 kilometres from Bairnsdale to Orbost. The Trail is used regularly by cyclists, walkers and horse riders.

George Gray Centre, Maffra

Funds to purchase an Obie interactive gaming console which encourages active movement through touching, moving and hand-eye coordination. The George Gray Centre is a long-standing and highly regarded disability day care for disabled people over 18 years of age. They encourage integration into the workforce using their own gardening service and onsite café.


For further information please contact:
Vesna Rendulic
0491 055 310