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Case studies

Restoration of the Buchan Butter Factory


The Buchan Heritage Group submitted an application to the Community Facilities stream of the East Gippsland Shire Community Grants for the finalisation of the renovation of the Buchan Butter Factory. The group were successful in securing $5,000 and the awarded funds will contribute to fixing the roof of the building as well as finishing the exterior and interior painting.


The group will match the Council funding with raised funds and volunteer hours.


It is proposed that upon completion the old Buchan Butter Factory, the venue will be used for Community events such as the Buchan 175th anniversary celebrations and the community’s Christmas Carols, and it will also be used as a storage area for historical material.




Bairnsdale Fly Fishers Club


Bairnsdale Fly Fishers Club submitted an application to the new Environmental Stream of the East Gippsland Shire Council’s Community Grants program for the installation of solar panels/inverter/batteries to provide an alternative low carbon power source for the club house facility located on the Mitta Mitta River north of Omeo. This facility is currently powered by a petrol motor driven generator.

The Council awarded the Club with $1,625 to put towards the solar panels, inverter and battery equipment to run a water pump and other electrical services for the club house facility, to be installed by the club members.


The club matched the council funding by making a cash contribution and by providing volunteer hours.



Energy Breakthrough (Buchan Primary School)


The Buchan Primary School submitted an application to round one of the East Gippsland Shire Council Community Grants Environmental Sustainability stream for funding to support its entry to the Energy Breakthrough competition in Maryborough. Energy Breakthrough is an event which encourages students to build at school and then race energy efficient vehicles over 14 hours. The competition also requires students to give a 20 minute presentation on the environment and the knowledge of the process in getting their team to the event, including the making of the bike. This is the first time that the school has attempted the event which occurs in November 2013.


Council awarded the Buchan Primary School with the funds to purchase one bicycle to compete in the event and the Primary School matched the council funding by providing a cash contribution of their own and volunteer hours provided by the parents of the Buchan Primary School students.


The grant application made by the school included diagrams of the bicycle’s design, a timetable of events and detailed costs of the bike. In participating in the event, students will gain knowledge in the areas of literacy, maths, the arts, science, environmental awareness and teamwork.


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