Six community groups in the Mitchell Shire will benefit from Australia Post grants that support and celebrate community connections.

Broadford and District Historical Society will use $978 for community history brochures as a walking guide to local historical sites.

Australia Post allocated $1000 to Pyalong Neighbourhood House to provide mental health first aid training for volunteers and community members, offering a safe environment to learn about mental health and share personal experiences and feelings.

Gnarly Neighbours will use a $1000 grant to host a two-part workshop – bowling pin designing and street art – that aims to bring the community together, inspire creativity and bring positive mentoring to the local youth.

Seymour VRI Bowling Club received $1000 to construct a new ramp to improve wheelchair access to the bowling green.

Lions Club of Seymour Goulburn will use its $1000 grant to create a garden commemorating the 75th anniversary of Lions in Australia, while the 1st Seymour Scout Group received a $1000 grant to purchase new computer tablets.

The community groups across Australia will share in almost $350,000 for a variety of projects such as community gardens, arts and crafts workshops, and volunteer training.

The groups were nominated by their local postie, post office worker or another Australia Post team member.

Australia Post head of community Nicky Tracey said the program took a grassroots approach, with team members encouraged to offer a nomination based on their own personal connection to a local organisation.

“With more than 4000 post offices around Australia, and delivery teams travelling to the furthest corners of the country, we understand the importance of the connections our people have with the communities we serve,” she said.

“These grants give us an opportunity to support what matters to our team members, and to help them to help others in their local community. We are delighted that so many of our people around Australia were keen to make a difference and nominated an organisation close to their heart for a grant.”

The full list of Australia Post’s 2022 People of Post Grants recipients, listed by state and location, and more information about the grants program is available at auspost.com.au/popgrants.

Australia Post will also launch its 2022 Community Grants program in June, with organisations able to apply for funding for projects that support mental health and wellbeing in communities.

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