Funds are the Cherry on top for Christmas

By David Rak

The third round of Cherry Tree Wind Farm local sponsorships was announced late last month, just in time for Christmas celebrations.

Seymour Little Athletics, Mitchell Shire Concert Band, Riding Develops Abilities (RDA Seymour), Lions Club of Seymour Goulburn, Karingal Elderly Citizens Hostel and Goulburn Options were recipients from the wind farm.

Including previous recipients, Cherry Tree wind farm has issued sponsorships of almost $15 000 this year. The next round of sponsorships will occur early next year.

“Infigen and John Laing are committed to local community engagement with a focus on investing in events and initiatives that benefit the local community, or local community groups to help build sustainable communities,” a Cherry Tree Wind Farm spokesperson said.

“Cherry Tree wind farm is also committed to establishing a long-term Community Benefit Fund (CBF). This commitment will ensure that $25 000 is made available to the local community each year for the first 25 years of the operation of the wind farm.”

To be successful for funding, applicants need to demonstrate how their community project meets the following criteria:

● delivers social, cultural, economic or environmental benefits to local communities of the Seymour and surroundings districts;

● addresses an identified community priority;

● ensures that any ongoing or recurrent costs of the project can be met by the community group once grant funding has been expensed; and

● has the capacity to manage funds and deliver the project.

Details of the process to apply for the CBF will be made available in the first half of 2020 and applications will open once construction is complete and the wind farm has moved into its operations phase.

The latest newsletter on the Cherry Tree wind farm construction project contains more information and can be found at the Seymour Library, Seymour Visitor Information Centre, Mitchell Shire Council head office and Tallarook General Store.

For more information, phone the 24/7 hotline on 1800 917 372 or email [email protected]