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New VicHealth funding responds to health needs in Macedon electorate.

Nine local organisations in the Macedon electorate will share in $57,199.00 in VicHealth funding to support residents hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic to improve their health and wellbeing.

Hepburn Wholefoods Collective, Lancefield Cricket Club, Doxa Youth Foundation, Central Highlands Broadcasting, Gisborne & District Bowling Club, Melton Cricket Club, Gisborne Thunder Swimming Club, Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre and Kyneton District Soccer Club are among the organisations to receive a VicHealth Reimagining Health Grant to help locals build better social connections with each other and the community and provide greater opportunities for physical activity.

The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell said the funding will support the community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This much-needed funding from VicHealth will ensure local organisations can continue supporting our community to build back better from the impact of coronavirus,” Ms Lovell said.

“Grass-roots organisations are the heart and soul of the Macedon electorate and their efforts are key to helping us recover from this pandemic.”

VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said community organisations play a vital role, now more than ever, in helping people connect and take care of their wellbeing.

“As we embrace the new COVID-normal, we’re committed to supporting Victorians to be more physically active, access healthy, affordable food and to socially connect,” Dr Demaio said.

“These grants will help more Victorians enjoy better health and wellbeing through the direct support of their local clubs, organisations and community groups.”

Grant recipients in the Macedon electorate include:

Hepburn Wholefoods Collective – $2,750 to establish a community garden and interactive educational space for local families and young children;

Lancefield Cricket Club – $3,517 to purchase new equipment to attract new players to the club;

Doxa Youth Foundation – $10,000 to buy materials to build quiet garden spaces for reflection, sharing and intimate conversation in a school camp environment;

Central Highlands Broadcasting – $17,440 to encourage local students to establish and play in a musical band and to set up a community radio station studio at Lancefield Neighbourhood House;

Gisborne & District Bowling Club – $2,692 to run bowling sessions for school children and people with a disability;

Melton Cricket Club – $2,800 to launch a new junior all-abilities team;

Gisborne Thunder Swimming Club – $3,000 to promote the benefits of swimming and run information sessions on goal setting, nutrition and mental health;

Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre – $10,000 to run COVID-safe training sessions for community sport volunteers;

Kyneton District Soccer Club – $5,000 to run new soccer programs and school clinics.

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