SEVERAL community organisations in Beaufort have received federal funding after Member for Wannon Dan Tehan visited the region on Friday.
Mr Tehan announced $3400 from the Volunteer Grants Program for the Beaufort Progress Association to purchase a new public address system, and $4000 for the 1st Beaufort Scout Group for leadership training, more excursions, and some kitchen equipment.
Another $150,000 was granted to the Beaufort Walkability Project, and $20,000 to upgrade the Dressage and Jumping Arena for the Beaufort and District Adult Riding Club.
The Walkability Project will improve cycling and walking tracks in Beaufort.
Progress Association president Liza Robinson said it was the first volunteer grant they had applied for and will go towards equipment for a new project.
“We’re going to be using it pretty much for the market to purchase a PA System and a laptop to run the new market,” she said.
The Beaufort Town Market will launch on September 28, with subsequent markets running on the fourth Saturday of every month.
The market will be held in the Beaufort Memorial Gardens as per the previous market, right in the heart of Beaufort.
Beaufort Progress Association Inc have appointed Sara Kittelty as the Beaufort Town Market’s ambassador.
Ms Kittelty is a long- time resident of Beaufort and owner of the well known Kittelty’s Cafe at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
“Beaufort has everything to offer a young family,” Ms Kittelty said.
Ms Kittelty originally started the Beaufort market back in 2005 when she was working for the Beaufort Community House and Learning Centre, and said she was excited about the new market.
“I was proud to be approached as the 1st Ambassador of the new Beaufort Town Market,” Ms Kittelty said.
She will also present three workshops herself at the market during the coming year.
There will also be monthly cooking demonstrations, music, board games, children’s activities and more at the family friendly market.