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Run, walk or roll into the Strathfieldsaye Community Carnival

October 19, 2018

The Strathfieldsaye Community Carnival is on again this Sunday, 21 October 2018 from 10am until 2pm at the Strathfieldsaye hub, Blucher Street, Strathfieldsaye. See map.

 

Now in its third year, the carnival, which is hosted annually by the Strathfieldsaye & District Community Enterprise, will feature a market, live music and free children’s entertainment.

 

SDCE chair, Catherine Wilby said the carnival was fast becoming an important part of the district’s community event calendar.

 

“Strathfieldsaye and the surrounding towns form a vibrant district, with strong grassroots and community spirit,” said Ms Wilby.

 

“It’s important to celebrate our community and create opportunities for local residents to get together and form closer connections.

 

“We are in our third year of community celebration and we are so excited to make the Strathfieldsaye Community Carnival bigger and better than ever”.

 

The carnival will also be the finish point for the annual Strathfieldsaye Run, Walk, Roll community fun run, which starts at 10am at Triple M Park, Tannery Lane. See Map.

 

Ms Wilby said SDCE was keen to promote Strathfieldsaye as an active community; one with ample opportunities to stay fit and healthy.

 

“Strathfieldsaye is home to kilometres of trails connecting the town’s community facilities and allowing families to safely walk, ride and stroll around the district’s beautiful bushland.

 

“The annual fun run encourages residents to explore the trails, kick-start healthy habits and have fun with their friends and neighbours.”

 

Spot prizes will be available for runners and walkers throughout the event and there will be plenty other opportunities to win at the carnival itself.

 

The carnival is possible thanks to the support of the SDCE, and its partners Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Telco , as well as sponsorships from McKean McGregor Real Estate and Bupa Bendigo .

Notice of Annual General Meeting

October 13, 2017

Want to know more about Strathfieldsaye and Districts Community Enterprise? Keen to get involved? You're invited to attend our upcoming AGM. You'll hear about all the things we've been up to and what we have planned for the future. 

Monday 6th November 2017, 6.30pm.

Club Rooms, Strathfieldsaye Recreation Reserve, Warne Court, Strathfieldsaye.

Please RSVP for catering purposes to sdce@strathfieldsaye.com.au

Community groups riding high on grant announcement

May 16, 2017

Upgrades to Spring Gully’s Muldoon Reserve have received a boost with $5,000 awarded to Bendigo Mountain Bike Club to create a skills development loop at the popular recreation area.

The community grant from Strathfieldsaye & Districts Community Enterprise (SDCE) will help young riders develop their skills in a safe environment and encourage more people to take up mountain bike riding as part of a healthy and active lifestyle.

SDCE Chair, Catherine Wilby said the community enterprise was passionate about supporting projects that worked to build a stronger, healthier and more vibrant region.

“Having access to quality public spaces, such as Muldoon Reserve, is essential to the health and social fabric of our community,” said Ms Wilby.

“They are places to exercise, spend time with our families, meet our neighbours and develop the connections and friendships that make our community a welcoming and inclusive place to live, work and play.”

Sporting clubs, community radio and school groups were among the other grant recipients announced today, sharing in more than $18,000 as part of the Strathfieldsaye & Districts Community Grants Program.  Other recipients included Central Victorian Community Broadcasters for a new transmitter in Kennington, Axedale Golf Club for a new shade sail and Bendigo Senior Secondary College for a series of Robogals Maths/Science workshops.

Now in its twelfth year, SDCE has returned more than $1 million to the community via grants, sponsorships and contributions to not-for-profit groups and projects that benefit Strathfieldsaye and the surrounding communities.

This support is made possible thanks to generous locals who support the enterprise by tagging their Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Telco accounts to the cause.

To learn more about how you can grow SDCE’s investment in the community  visit Bendigo Bank in Strath Hill or Bendigo Telco’s customer service centre.

Applications open for Strathfieldsaye & Districts Community Grants program

March 16, 2017

The Strathfieldsaye & Districts Community Grants program is now open to applicants from not-for-profit organisations to support projects in Strathfieldsaye and the surrounding district.

Since 2009, Strathfieldsaye & Districts Community Enterprise (SDCE) has returned more than $385,000 to the local community through community grants, assisting hundreds of community groups throughout the district.  

 

SDCE Chair Catherine Wilby said the grants program aimed to assist community groups to undertake projects that helped make Strathfieldsaye district a great place to live, work and play.

 

“Our local clubs, groups and associations do tremendous work and we are proud to be able to help them achieve their goals,” Ms Wilby said.

 

“We have a focus on supporting projects that improve education, health, fitness and wellbeing, infrastructure, arts and culture and opportunities for young people in our region”.

 

“In the past we have assisted groups from Redesdale, Eppalock, Axedale, Sedgwick, Mandurang, and Longlea as well as Strathfieldsaye and Junortoun”

 

“Our community grants program runs twice a year and is just one of the many ways we support our community. This support is only possible thanks to generous locals who support our enterprise by tagging their Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Telco accounts to our cause.”

 

Community grants of up to $5,000 are available to not-for-profit community groups within Strathfieldsaye and Districts. Applications close at 5pm on Monday 17 April 2017

 

Community groups are encouraged to visit www.strathfieldsaye.com.au/applicant-information for guidelines. Applications can also be completed online.

 

For more information about how you can support SDCE visit www.strathfieldsaye.com.au or visit Bendigo Bank in Strath Hill or Bendigo Telco’s customer service centre.

 

For further information, please contact;

sdce@strathfieldsaye.com.au  or 0413 231 258

Community Enterprise seeks new board members

January 10, 2017

Strathfieldsaye & Districts Community Enterprise invites passionate people from across the Strathfieldsaye district to submit expressions of interest to join its board in 2017.

SDCE is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping Strathfieldsaye and the surrounding towns become strong, vibrant and healthy communities by providing financial support, connections and advocacy for community groups and projects that enhance the lives of local residents.

The board is seeking three individuals who live and/or work in the district, including surrounding townships, and have relevant skills, experience and characteristics to round out the board’s current skills-set and support diversity.

Expertise in one or more following areas is desirable:

  • Financial acumen

  • Information technology and digital capabilities

  • Educational competency or understanding of the education sector

  • Marketing and event management

  • Social media
     

The board is also seeking diversity; strongly encouraging applications from people of all ages, backgrounds and locations within the district.

SDCE Chair, Catherine Wilby said 2017 was an exciting junction for the Community Enterprise and wider community, with the district’s population likely to grow from 5,700 in 2016 to an estimated 13,000 by 2036.*

“Strathfieldsaye and the surrounding towns are growing rapidly, with new families moving to the area every day,” said Ms Wilby.

“Our Community Enterprise has an important role to play in this growth, helping to develop prosperous and connected communities by providing grants, sponsorships, advocacy and support to local community groups and projects to enhance the liveability of the area.

“In 2017, SDCE will build on its recent $1 million back to community milestone, seeking new projects from across the district and consulting with local residents and groups to ensure the community continues to flourish as it expands.

“I am eager to welcome new members to the board and support each of the new directors to play an active role in the future success of the community they call home.”

The SDCE catchment includes Axe Creek, Axedale, East Bendigo, Eppalock, Junortoun, Kennington, Mandurang, Redesdale, Sedgwick, Spring Gully, Strathdale, Strathfieldsaye and Sutton Grange.

To submit an expression of interest please email a cover letter and resume addressed to the chair to sdce@strathfieldsaye.com.au before midnight, 23 January 2017.

For more information about Strathfieldsaye & District Community Enterprise please visit www.strathfieldsaye.com.au.

*City of Greater Bendigo, Strathfieldsaye Urban Design Framework, 2016

New year, new Chair for Community Enterprise

December 14, 2019

Strathfieldsaye & Districts Community Enterprise has appointed a new Chair, with Strathfieldsaye resident Catherine Wilby taking the reins ahead of a busy 2017 for the not-for-profit organisation.

Commenting on the appointment, outgoing Chair, Eddie Castle said Catherine was an outstanding director and would play an important part in the governance and strategic initiatives of the Enterprise going forward.

“I am delighted to announce Catherine as the Community Enterprise's next Chair – Catherine will bring a background in community planning and development to the position, as well as a passion for the local community,” said Mr Castles.

Moving to Strathfieldsaye in 2006, Catherine has worked as a nurse for many years, before a recent change into the field of community planning and development. As a mother to three young daughters and having been a member of key community reference groups in recent years, Catherine is passionate about ensuring that those making decisions at a local level hear the needs of community members.

Catherine is honoured to be taking on the role at such a crucial and exciting juncture for the Community Enterprise and wider Strathfieldsaye & Districts community.

“Strathfieldsaye and the surrounding towns are growing rapidly, with new families moving to the area every day,” said Ms Wilby.

“Our Community Enterprise has an important role to play in this growth; helping to develop strong, vibrant and healthy communities by providing financial support, connections and advocacy for community groups and projects that enhance the lives of local residents.

“I am delighted to serve as Chair and will play an active role in strengthening our relationships with community groups, local government and the business community, including our major partners Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Telco.

“I look forward to guiding the board as it builds on its recent $1 million back to community milestone, seeking new projects and ventures from across the district to ensure the community continues to flourish as it expands.”

For more information about Strathfieldsaye & District Community Enterprise please visit www.strathfieldsaye.com.au.

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