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Australia Day activities fund for Gunnedah Shire villages

8 November 2018

Villages in Gunnedah Shire can apply for grants up to $500 to assist them in hosting events and activities for Australia Day 2019.

Gunnedah Shire Deputy Mayor and Australia Day Working Group Chair Rob Hooke encourages every village to apply for the funds made available specifically for Australia Day celebrations.

“Each village has their own atmosphere and community that is unique,” Cr Hooke said.

“By making available money that is dedicated specifically to the villages, the Shire will have diverse and exciting celebrations that are truly representative of Australia.”

Cr Hooke said all not-for-profit community groups and committees in the Shire’s villages can apply for up to $500, which can be used in a wide variety of ways.

“Perhaps you are looking to host a community event, support an existing event, advertise your Australia Day celebrations or purchase materials. There are many different ways you can be eligible for the grants,” Cr Hooke said.

All Australia Day activities fund applications will be assessed by a panel of the Australia Day Working Group. To apply, groups are encouraged to submit a letter or email outlining a brief description of the activity or event. Applications close 5.00pm, Friday, 7 December 2018.

Council is also calling on community groups, organisations or businesses to submit their Australia Day event information to be included on the annual Australia Day activities schedule. The schedule is distributed throughout the Shire to ensure all community events are acknowledged and well attended.

Residents are invited to attend the Australia Day Working Group’s next meeting at 5.00pm, Thursday, 22 November 2018, at the Gunnedah Council Chambers on Elgin Street.

For more information contact Cultural Precinct Supervisor Lauren Mackley on (02) 6740 2100 or email

Photo Caption: Looking forward to Australia Day in 2019.


Media Contact: Brooke Maisey 6740 2100.