Hydro Tasmania invests in local communities

6 August 2019

Hydro Tasmania has awarded funding to six projects aimed at giving local communities a helping hand.

Up to $5000 has been awarded to each of the projects under Hydro Tasmania’s annual Community Grant Program, which was established in 2017 to help not-for-profit organisations make a real difference in our communities.

Hydro Tasmania’s CEO, Steve Davy, said the program is designed to make our communities safer, more connected and empowered.

“Tasmanians are our owners and our most important customers,” Mr Davy said.

“We all have a responsibility to make a positive contribution and the Community Grant Program is just one way Hydro Tasmania supports community and charitable organisations to make a difference.

“A better Tasmania is at the heart of everything we do. By backing these groups, which often have limited budgets and a volunteer workforce, we are playing our part in helping them do amazing things for our neighbours,” he said.

One of the grant recipients is Mates4Mates, which provides rehabilitation services for current and former Defence Force personnel and their families.

Mates4Mates Tasmanian Manager, Josh Miller, said the organisation is extremely grateful to be able to put the grant towards upgrading the kitchen at a new Family Recovery Centre.

“As a result of an increasing demand for services, Mates4Mates will be relocating next year to a facility next door to the current centre, providing much-needed space for more services,” Mr Miller said.

“Food brings people together so, through the grant, we will install kitchen appliances to support new social connection activities, help reduce isolation and teach members about how nutrition can play an important role in recovery.

“Community support is instrumental to our work and through grants, sponsorship and donations, we can continue to impact the lives of injured veterans and their families.”

Now in its third year, the Community Grant Program has previously funded 14 projects.

As well as Mates4Mates, Hydro Tasmania has awarded community grants to the following recipients in 2019:

  • Rural Alive and Well (RAW)

    To provide training to help older people with mental health issues and their carers. The training will be rolled out to rural Tasmanians around the state.

  • Moonah Arts Centre

    To provide a series of workshops aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion. Brothers of Country will use Aboriginal practices and connection to country to bring together diverse cultural groups. From the workshops, a performance will be created and presented live and produced into short online films.

  • Latrobe Federal Band

    To replace old marching percussion equipment for the much-loved oldest continuous brass band in Australia (established in 1872), allowing  members to continue to provide music for community events such as ANZAC Day services, Christmas carols, parades and concerts.

  • Men’s Resources Tasmania

    To provide a manual for the most important job you’ll ever have. The Dad’s Book will focus on the needs of new dads and provide information and contacts for support.

  • Derwent Valley Railway

To convert a section of the New Norfolk Railway Station into an interpretation/history centre to share the story of how the Derwent Valley’s railway was built and its role in developing the region.

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Released for Hydro Tasmania by Bronwyn Hill / 0409 722 359 / media@hydro.com.au.

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