Discovery Centre ready for green light

Federal Member for Bendigo today will be joined by representatives from the Discovery Centre who hope to get the green light for a $13,000 Stronger Communities grant application submitted to the Federal Government last week. 

The Discovery Centre have sought funding for a “Minibeasts at Discovery” project which will expand their “minibeasts” interactive exhibition to include a themed zone where visitors will be able to explore and interact with Australian invertebrates. 

“This is an exciting project. It is one of ten that we have recommended to the Department of Infrastructure to be funded as part of the Federal Government Stronger Communities Programme. 

“We are now waiting on the Department to assess these projects against the Guidelines and determine whether the project represents a proper use of grant funding. 

“I hope that all of the Bendigo electorate projects will be given the green light as soon as possible. 

To help determine the priority list, Federal Members of Parliament were requested to establish a community consultation committee to undertake consultation in their electorate to identify eligible projects and invite applicants to apply. 

“Here in the Bendigo electorate our consultative committee reviewed applications that totalled over $300,000 in funding requests for a fund of $150,000. Many tough decisions were made. 

“The reality is that there is a shortfall of funding available in our communities for small capital works projects. 

“There will be another opportunity for unsuccessful and other organisations to apply for Round 2 in 2016. Organisations can register their interest by contacting the Bendigo Electorate office on 03 5443 9055 or sending an email to lisa.chesters.mp@aph.gov.au.”