The Gippsland Community Leadership Program (GCLP) is celebrating the success of two of its 2020 participant syndicates in sourcing funding for two outstanding community projects focused on bushfire recovery in East Gippsland.
Lisa Maatsoo from Traralgon and Jen Smith from Clifton Creek each represented their syndicate in presenting project proposals (online) to the Trustees of the Hugh DT Williamson (HDTW) Foundation who, duly recognising the value of the projects to bushfire-affected communities in Gippsland, approved a grant for each project.
The syndicate represented by Lisa Maatsoo will be launching a 2021 wall calendar and local exhibition event and/or on-line gallery showcasing the work of East Gippsland students. Artwork will focus on the principles of hope and regrowth and all profit from sales will be donated back to communities to assist in bushfire recovery.
Entry is open and artwork can be submitted up to Monday 28 September. Further information about getting involved can be found on project partner Gippslandia’s website www.gippslandia.com.au
Also receiving funding from the HDTW Foundation is an all-inclusive, all-ages playground for Clifton Creek. Designed in collaboration with the local community, the playground will be developed by Jen Smith’s GCLP syndicate as a symbol of progress and recovery for the bushfire ravaged township.
Photo – GCLP’s 2020 participants hosted by GLaWAC earlier this year as part of the cohort’s introduction to the leadership program.
(photo taken pre-COVID19 restrictions)