This year, our club was fortunate enough to be successful in receiving a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund to help us build a shed to house our new fire fighting trailer and equipment.
Over the past 10 years, our club and the surrounding areas, were affected by bush fires three times, two of these in consecutive years. With minimal warning that a fire was approaching, it did not allow a lot of time for members to evacuate on some occasions. The club then decided that it needed to improve its fire fighting abilities and awareness. Two new fire trailers were purchased along with some new equipment. The club has also spent time working with the local Ellendale fire brigade to control fuel and develop fire plans to keep our members, guests, property and neighbours as safe as possible. We are also lucky to have a few volunteer and career fire fighters within our membership.
With the help of the Tasmanian Community Fund, we have been able to house these equipment and have it ready to go at any time.
The Tasmanian Community Fund was established in 1999 to provide grants to not-for-profit organisations. The fund arose from the sale of the Trust Bank and in part have been used to establish a community fund to distribute an annual appropriation to the community through grants.
The fund’s mission is to provide grants to community organisations that make a difference by improving the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the Tasmanian community. Since 2000, the Board has assessed around 4,600 applications for funding, requesting over $260 million.
Huge thanks also goes to all the members involved in this project. Many members have pitched in from researching, writing and submitting the application, to working bees to prepare and help build the shed.
The shed is due to be finished in late July. If you wish to find out more about the Tasmanian Community Fund go to www.tascomfund.org