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Help Anglican community projects with your online vote

Your online vote could make a big difference for Anglican church communities.

August 23 2018

Several Anglican community projects are through to the public voting round for Victorian government funding under the Pick My Project initiative.

Pick My Project is a Victorian-first community grants initiative, with up to $200,000 of funding available per project in metro and regional areas. This is an opportunity to support community initiatives across Victoria, including a number raised by Anglican churches. It is also a challenge for the wider Anglican community to engage together and vote online for the development of facilities which serve a wider range of group and individual needs.

Before June this year, projects submissions were made by individuals from across the state. These submissions had to meet several criteria, with a focus on openness and availability to make the wider community an even better place to live. A key benefit of the Pick My Project process is that anyone over 16 can now vote for any project within a local community anywhere across the state. You must simply commit to that five kilometre metro or 50 kilometre rural zone as your chosen community.

Some Anglican Church submissions are listed below. Click on the links in the project name to place your votes. Voting closes on 17 September.

Balwyn North – St Silas: Community and family facility upgrade (post flood #3)

The St Silas downstairs space is out of action due to flooding, and bathroom facilities need an upgrade, restricting the activities for Mainly Music, Messy Church, Wednesday Playgroups (toddlers), Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Kids Club, Mid-week connect groups, Women on Thursday, New Mum's connect group, and other church-based activities.

“Our plan is to make the site both more available and more attractive for those families and groups that attend gatherings at the site.”

Banksia Peninsula: Cormorant by the Lakes: Camping Facilities Update for Families

Cormorant by the Lakes is a Melbourne Diocese campsite available for Christian and community camping. Several community groups already use the site, including:  the GEGAC Aboriginal Co-Operative, East Coast Kayaking, Nagle college, Church of Christ, Sale Baptists, Revive youth camps, and local & metro community family groups.

“Key facilities need to be upgraded to continue this Christian camping initiative.”

Kew – Saunders House: A home for the community (within the same community as Balwyn North)

Saunders House aims to be a centre for the community of Kew, the city of Boroondara and beyond, supporting new families and individuals from St Georges Hospital, Kew traffic school and the surrounding schools, with a more self-sufficient base and a loving environment.

“We are renovating to create a family play-safe area with meeting spaces and retreats beyond our existing A.A., guides and disability groups.”

Oakleigh Anglican Church: Create a safe outdoor play-space for kids in this community

The new play space aims to provide an accessible place to play for the entire community that reflects the surrounds and offers comfort and engagement for everyone. It will be a space that:

  • Caters for families within our community along with visitors to the community hall complex
  • Celebrates and is complimentary to the natural surrounds and environment
  • Be vibrant, emphasising inclusiveness for all abilities

Oakleigh Anglican Church: Community Hall Upgrade

The hall complex services many diverse communities, including: addiction & disability support groups, dance & singing schools, drama, music & art exhibitions, playgroup, and mainly music sessions catering to around 500 people weekly.

This project will create a safe and comfortable complex, with a capacity for more than 600 people, providing three distinct, hireable hall spaces for the use and enjoyment of the community, including those with disabilities who comprise over 85% of current hall usage.

St John’s Riverside: Community growing and sustainability hub

This community garden is located in Heidelberg, where Salt Creek meets the Yarra River. It’s a partnership between Banyule Anglican Church and the local community. Four years ago it was a disused car park, but now it is a place that gives to others in many dimensions: gardening and edible weed workshops, corn munching community picnics, a major state apiary training facility and compost that is "better than chocolate cake”. People are always wandering up from the Yarra Trail to browse and chat. Friendships formed have also helped a number through hard times.

The Garden has now been chosen for the voting stage of the Victorian government’s Pick My Project. A shade-giving pergola for passing cyclists, sweaty gardeners and workshops, a bee observation hive, bike repair station, community pizza oven and seedling propagation facilities would enhance the garden’s usefulness considerably.