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INLAND Rail is supporting a range of groups and organisations as part of the latest round of its Community Sponsorships and Donations program.

Funding between $1000 and $4000 is available for individuals and organisations in regional areas along the Inland Rail alignment who contribute to their region’s prosperity, wellbeing and sustainability.

Australian Rail Track Corporation Victoria and South Australia projects general manager Ed Walker said the latest round of funding would take the overall support to almost $1.1 million since the program launched in 2019.

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“We are proud to give back to the communities that are home to Inland Rail. The work these organisations do is instrumental to the wellbeing of regional communities,” he said.

“I encourage other non-profit groups to lodge their applications for the next round of funding which is open until Sunday, April 30.”

The Seymour and District Historical Society and the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre are both set to benefit from the program, with funding to go towards telling the story of the town’s ‘Black Train’ and the purchase of a defibrillator respectively.

The Black Train is a preserved steam locomotive built in 1913 and has been on display adjacent to the Seymour Railway Station since 1965.

The historical society will use the funding to publish a booklet including the details of the Black Train’s history and technical details, as well as the story of its acquisition, transportation, clean up and ongoing maintenance.

The addition of a new defibrillator at the railway heritage centre will further improve the site’s safety for its five full-time staff, 40 active volunteers, contractors, visitors and passengers and complement the previously established first aid training.

Further south, Wandong Primary School will use the funding to deliver a new wellbeing space designed to support students featuring a range of sensory based furniture, tools and equipment.

Wandong Primary School student wellbeing leader Jessica Woods said wellbeing was a key priority for the school and the funding would support further activities.

Wandong Primary School student Maxwell in the school’s wellbeing space. ​

“We have invested heavily in building a team of educational and allied health professionals to ensure we have all bases covered when it comes to our community’s needs,” she said.

, call 1800 732 761 or email ircommunitysponsorships@artc.com.au.

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