Advance Heathcote Inc's Committee of Management Reports on the First Two Years Achievements of the Community Plan at the Annual General Meeting

AT ITS INAUGERAL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on Monday, 10th October 2016, Advance Heathcote Incorporated's Committee of Management reported on the progress and achievements of the Community Plan activities during 2014 - 2016 period. The Community Plan has a total of 80 projects listed over the three year period. During the first two years of the Community Plan, 21 projects were completed/established and operational; 37 achieved partial completion or in progress and the remaining 22 projects were ongoing within the timeframe of the Plan.

President, Mr Peter Maine reported that $2.8 million had been invested in our community during this two year period to implement community driven projects - many of these projects had been waiting for funding since our Community Planning progress commenced in 2007. The resources to fund the projects were from a range of sources - City of Greater Bendigo, Heathcote & District Community Bank, Stronger Familes Program, Victorian Ministry of Sport, Bendigo Health, Mandalay Resources Costerfield Operations, Heathcote Lions Club, IGA, Mitre 10 and other local business sponsorship for the Heathcote Community Games and O'Keefe Rail Trail Marathon.

Mr Maine highlighted one longstanding community project, the re-development of Barrack Reserve Stadium with $1.8m allocated from the City of Greater Bendigo, plus $160,000 from the Heathcote & District Community Bank and $30,000 from the Heathcote Football & Netball Club to undertake the stadium re-development. This will be a great community facility once works are completed and available for use to a wide range of community groups.

Advance Heathcote Inc will continue to progress the remaining projects of the 2014-2017 Community Plan and mid 2017, will begin community engagment and consultation to review the Community Plan outcomes; seek input on community needs and future projects resulting in the next 2017-2020 Heathcote & District Community Plan.

The President's report is available in the PowerPoint presentation link.

Guest speaker at the Annual General Meeting, Trevor Budge, Manager of Strategy-City of Greater Bendigo with Peter Maine, President, Advance Heathcote Inc.

Guest speaker at the Annual General Meeting, Trevor Budge, Manager of Strategy-City of Greater Bendigo with Peter Maine, President, Advance Heathcote Inc.

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1st June 2018

Heathcote's on a Winner

Advance Heathcote Inc takes an Award at Business Excellence Awards

The Bendigo Excellence Awards recognise the tremendous achievements of local businesses from each industry sector - 18 categories in total. Advance Heathcote Inc was nominated in the "excellence as a not-for-profit" category. This category is designed to recognise social enterprise, not-for-profit organisations that apply commercial strategies to maximise improvements in human and environmental wellbeing. Providing a social or community benefit was also a prerequisite for the award. 

"The competition was tough, we were up against the Bendigo Discovery Science & Technology Centre and Make a Change Australia, so we were happy to have made it as a finalist alongside these well-established and recognised not-for-profit organsiations," Sandra Slatter, secretary of Advance Heathcote said. "No way did we dream we would be winners, we were absolutely stunned and overwhelmed when the announcement was made."

Peter Maine, Advance Heathcote president said, "I am delighted and proud of the recognition that our hardworking volunteer efforts are achieving for Heathcote. Thankyou to our local ward Councillors Yvonne Wrigglesworth and Marg O'Rourke who came along to support us. Also a big thankyou to BeBendigo and congratulations to those who were either winners of finalists."