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Gift welcomes funding

The Stawell Athletic Club has welcomed the decision by the Brumby Government to provide $310,000 in funding over three years to assist in saving the Stawell Gift and keeping the event in Stawell.
SAC secretary Ian Lawrie said the announcement was the first step in ensuring a secure future for the Stawell Gift in Stawell.
“The Brumby Government funding announcement allows the Stawell Athletic Club to confirm that the gift will stay in Stawell,” Mr Lawrie said.
“The Stawell Athletic Club thanks the City of Ballarat for their generous offer that guaranteed a viable future for the gift – however the SAC committee has made the decision to stay in Stawell and will continue to fight for the survival of the event.”
To coincide with the funding announcement, the Stawell Athletic Club launched a range of “Give your Gift a Lift” initiatives including a “20|10 Campaign” designed to raise $200,000 a year for the next five years.
The Stawell Athletic Club is seeking twenty businesses to sponsor the Australia Post Stawell Gift carnival to the tune of $10,000 a year for five years.
The Stawell Athletic Club kicked off the campaign by announcing that Julian Stawell and the Stawell family, direct descendents of former Victorian Attorney General Sir William Foster-Stawell, after whom Stawell was named, as the first to pledge their support.
“The Stawell Athletic Club appreciates the work undertaken by the Minister for Regional and Rural Development Jacinta Allan and Member for Ripon Joe Helper over the past two months in helping the Stawell Athletic Club move towards a sustainable and viable Stawell Gift,” Mr Lawrie said.
Mr Lawrie said that with pressures continuing to increase on the club the funding is not a guarantee of survival.
“It still requires a considerable amount of work by the Stawell Athletic Club and Northern Grampians Shire in partnership with businesses and residents in Stawell and Western Victoria.”
The funding comes following an independent review of the Stawell Athletic Club activities and operations. SAC agrees with the key recommendations of the Deloitte’s review, the highlights of which are:
• Restructuring the committee of the Stawell Athletic Club to streamline the decision making process
• A campaign to attract additional sponsors and supporters of the event through a restructured sponsorship program
• Implementation of a series of fundraising events throughout the year and a membership drive to encourage increased membership of the Stawell Athletic Club.
Discussions continue regarding the operation of the Stawell Gift Hall of Fame, with the Stawell Athletic Club, Regional Development Victoria and the Northern Grampians Shire all in agreement that extending the opening hours of the Stawell Gift Hall of Fame will provide a year-round, seven-day a week tourist attraction for Stawell along with a robust income stream for the Stawell Athletic Club.
One of the key recommendations of the review is that the Stawell Visitor Information Centre be housed within the recently refurbished Stawell Gift Hall of Fame building and all parties will continue to work to achieve this outcome.
The 2010 Australia Post Stawell Gift Carnival will be held in Stawell from April 2-5, 2010.

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Posted on Sep 23 2009

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