Community Newsletters

Community Newsletters are published by local groups and provide community news and information. Wellington Shire Council is committed to working towards a sustainable future, including reduction in energy use and carbon emissions. As part of this commitment, Council strongly encourages the use of digital media as the major source of Community Newsletter distribution.

The Community Newsletter Contributions Grant is available to not for profit community groups exclusively operating within the Wellington Shire for communities to establish or maintain a community newsletter for their local township area. Wellington Shire Council  strongly encourages Community Newsletters to seek paid advertising to cover publication costs in lieu of paid subscription and/or purchase of editions.

Please note that Clubs, Schools (including early years and/or educational facilities), Religious groups, Organisational newsletters that are deemed to service a specific interest group  and/or any application that has been deemed as for commercial benefit are ineligible.


NOW OPEN - Community Newsletter Contributions Grant 2019 - 2020

A copy of the Guidelines and Application Form  (including details on application assessment criteria and how to submit your application) are available for download here: Community Newsletter Grant Criteria and Application Form (176KB)


Application process

The 2019 - 2020 Community Newsletter Contributions Grant application process is now open til 4pm on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

No late applications will be accepted. Funding amount per application will not exceed $1,000 and is at the discretion of Wellington Shire Council.  Applicants who are prior recipients must fully complete acquittals from previous funding agreements within the same stream, prior to any further application.

Applications must be completed on the correct form, in full and returned with all supporting documentation.  All applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of their submission within 2 weeks of application closure period.

Following outcome notification, all successful applicants will be given a Funding Agreement (this may also include additional conditions) for signature and return before funding will be allocated. If your organisation is not incorporated or doesn’t have an ABN, you will be required to provide the details of an auspice organisation. The auspice will receive the grant funding on your behalf and will ultimately be responsible for the acquittal. Please note that Funding dispersal may take up to six working weeks vie EFT to your nominated bank.

Recipients of the 2019 - 2020 Community Newsletter Contributions Grant will also receive acquittal documentation within their Funding Agreement pack. Each recipient is responsible for securely storing and submitting their acquittal documentation (in full, on the correct form) no later than 30 June 2020. Please note that late acquittals will not be accepted, and acquittal submission reminders will not be provided.

For more information, please contact our Community Facilities Planning and Grants Officer on 1300 366 244.


Community Newsletters previously supported by Council during 2018 - 2019

During 2018 - 2019, the following Community Newsletters were supported through Wellington Shire Council’s Community Newsletter Contributions Grant.

The information provided in the table below will be replaced during August 2019 with all Community Newsletters that are supported through the 2019 - 2020 funding round.

Publication Latest Edition
Boisdale - The Bridge
The Bridge (1MB)
Cowwarr Chronicle
Cowwarr Chronicle (769KB)
Dargo Bush Bulletin

Dargo Bush Bulletin (4MB)

Heyfield News
Heyfield News (6MB)
Letts Beach News
Letts Beach News (44MB)
Loch Sport Link Loch Sport Link (9MB)
Meerlieu and District Community Newsletter Meerlieu Newsletter (12MB)
Port Albert Tattler Port Albert Tattler (3MB)
Celebrate Seaspray Celebrate Seaspray (407KB)
Stratford Town Crier Stratford Town Crier (33MB)
The Yarram Drum The Yarram Drum (6MB)


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