Pitch perfect: Tooborac fire brigade wins popular choice award

By Vanessa Wiltshire

FOUR community organisations pitched their ideas as part of the Heathcote and District Community Bank branch’s 2019 Community Grants Program.

Advance Heathcote, Holy Rosary School, Tooborac Fire Brigade, Heathcote Men’s Shed presented a diverse range of projects on Tuesday, November 26, each designed to fill an important community need.

Advance Heathcote treasurer Sherrie Coote pitched “Who are you going to call?”, a welcome kit for new residents and a directory of community services and groups, with information on how to get involved.

If successful, Advance Heathcote will develop 100 ‘Welcome to Heathcote Kits’ and 2000 community service directories.

Tooborac Fire Brigade made a pitch for a thermal imaging camera. Used by brigades in Victoria and around the country, the cameras are handheld electronic devices, designed to detect heat energy.

They allow the user to see real-time in an infrared spectrum and interpret temperature as colour. Heat can be identified in light and dark conditions and reduce risk to landholders and communities.

Heathcote Men’s Shed gave an update on their build, and outlined what is required to complete their project.

“The shell shed is up and all permits are granted. Volunteers are compliant and concrete poured,” said Daryl Wallace.

“Additional funds are now sought for internal walls, a disabled toilet, concreted disabled parking, plumbing, electrics and safety signs and equipment.”

Holy Rosary School made a pitch to develop their applied learning centre, transforming it into a collaborative community space. As well as benefiting the school, the space will serve growing needs in the community, such as providing meeting and training space. It may even be used for creative endeavours, such as a potential recording studio.

Following the pitches, the audience was invited to vote for the People’s Choice award.

Tooborac Fire Brigade were clear winners, with a $250 cheque presented on the night.

Applications to the Community Grants program are being assessed separately by Heathcote and District Community Bank branch’s volunteer board of directors and successful applicants will be announced early this month.