A $3,500 boost will ensure future Milton Follies’ musical productions are loud and clear. A Southern Phone grant will help the community theatre group purchase new head-set microphones ahead of its 2016 shows. Follies secretary Ruth Myers said the group was thrilled to be a recipient and members accepted a cheque from Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash in November. Cr Gash and Southern Phone chairman Bill Hilzinger handed over $25,000 in community funding grants to not for profit community groups.
A Local Government enterprise, shares in the Southern Phone Company can only be held by councils as a way of ensuring all profits are returned to the community. Mr Hilzinger presented eight local community groups with grants. Cr Gash said the grants had helped support projects that would otherwise have not been funded. “The $25,000 given to our area has made a real life difference, bringing resources to projects that the council could not fund on its own,” she said. “The Shoalhaven is blessed to have so many not for profit community groups working to make a real difference within the local area.
The grant comes as the Follies committee begins making plans for next year’s two productions.