07 February 2024

The Allan Labor Government is supporting 66 not-for-profit groups that lease rail land, buildings and other assets from VicTrack through a new Community Grants Program.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced the successful applicants will share in funding to help with small projects and maintenance across Victoria.

The successful not-for-profit groups that received funding are:

  • Victorian Railway Institute- Shepparton
  • Yarrawonga Mulwala Development Inc
  • Victorian Railway Institute- Seymour
  • Yarra Valley Railway
  • Donald 2000 Inc
  • Rutherglen Lions Club Inc
  • Victorian Railway Institute - Ouyen
  • Victorian Railway Institute - Donald
  • Chiltern Goods Shed Committee
  • Wycheproof Community Resource Centre

The Community Grants Program was launched to support groups with managing their community spaces, which include public open spaces, art galleries, museums, libraries, creative spaces, and community hubs.

The community groups applied for grants of up to $10,000 – which will help them to meet regulatory obligations relating to safety or environmental management, and restorations or refurbishments to their buildings or land.

Applications were assessed by a VicTrack panel, and the grants will be released to successful applicants early this year.

VicTrack makes underused land and buildings available to community organisations through its community leasing program. It charges groups an affordable rent, which is significantly reduced compared to a commercial rental rate.

For more information visit victrack.com.au.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Public and Active Transport Gabrielle Williams

“This funding will make a huge difference to the many groups that lease VicTrack land and buildings across the state and will help them to continue to support their communities.”

“I would like to thank everyone who has a community lease with VicTrack for the work they do to preserve our state’s rail history, and to manage buildings and land so they can be used to benefit local communities.”

Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“Our not-for-profit groups play such an important role in people’s lives and these VicTrack grants will ensure communities can continue to reap the benefits from them.”