THIRTEEN innovative project ideas across Gannawarra Shire have been chosen for a Victorian-first grants initiative, which will award up to $200,000 in funding to winning projects.
Pick My Project is a unique initiative whereby anyone can submit an idea - all they need is to be a resident and secure the backing of an eligible organisation to assist with delivering the project.
The winning project will be the one with the most votes from members of the community, with voting open to residents aged 16 and over.
Gannawarra Shire mayor, Councillor Brian Gibson said that 17 projects were submitted from across the Gannawarra Shire with 13 projects selected to proceed to a public vote.
"Community members are each entitled to vote for three projects located within 50 kilometres of their place of residence," Cr Gibson said.
"Project ideas receiving the most votes will then be invited to enter in to a funding agreement with the Victorian Government."
A total of $30 million in funding has been divided between the six metropolitan and nine regional partnership areas.
Gannawarra Shire is located in the Mallee Regional Partnership area, with each partnership area set to receive at least $1 million for the project ideas that get the most votes in their area.
"There are five Cohuna projects and two from Quambatook," Cr Gibson said.
"Murrabit, Macorna, Leitchville, Lalbert, Lake Charm and Koondrook each have one project idea included in the public vote."
Some of the projects open for voting include a fitness loop at Lake Charm, a donut van for Cohuna Leos, an historical walking track for Macorna, and repairs to a heritage building in Koondrook.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp encouraged residents to get online or on the phone and submit their votes before the 5pm deadline on September 17.
"It's now time for residents in Gannawarra Shire to vote for their favorite community projects so we can get them done, " he said.
"This is a Victorian first that will make Gannawarra Shire a better place to live," he said.
To vote, visit www.pickmyproject.vic.gov.au and submit three votes.
Voters will need a valid mobile phone number to vote online, but if they don't have one, they can call 1800 797 818 to register their vote.
For a full profile of each project selected for voting, pick up today's edition of the Gannawarra Times.