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Port Phillip, Hobsons Bay youth groups get grants from ICTSI Australia’s community fund

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Port Phillip, Hobsons Bay youth groups get grants from ICTSI Australia’s community fund

Victoria International Container Terminal Limited (VICT), a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc., recently announced that 17 organisations working with young people across Port Phillip and Hobsons Bay have been selected to receive AUD2,000 to AUD20,000 grants courtesy of the VICT Community Investment Fund.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that we have been able to support such a large number of diverse organisations who are doing wonderful work to promote the health and education of young people in our community,” said Anders DØmmestrup, VICT chief executive officer.

The successful grant recipients are:

* Albert Park College (Marine Research Centre, sustainable kitchen & 20 education assistance scholarships)

* Fishermen’s Bend Gymnastics Club (specialised training floor)

* Friends of Westgate Park (planting & education days for local schools)

* Gateway Social Support Options Incorporated (health & nutrition for challenged youth)

* Inner South Community Health Service (sports mentoring program & lunchtime dance club)

* Life Saving Victoria (Open Water Learning Experience for 500 local youth)

* Port Melbourne Netball Club (welfare assistance, equipment, uniforms & skills development

* Port Melbourne Primary School (playground upgrade)

* Port Phillip Community Group (education assistance for disadvantaged families)

* Port Phillip Specialist School (basket swing & pressure poles in specialist playground)

* South Port Community Housing Group (Youth Housing Support Program)

* Southport Uniting Care (Bicycles Over Lunch Time program in local schools)

* St. Kilda Police & Citizens Youth Club (youth leadership & life-skills program)

* The Alannah & Madeline Foundation (cyber-safety education in schools)

* The Barnstoneworth United Junior Football Club (training & sports equipment)

* Wear For Success (apparel & mentoring for local youth job-seekers)

* Williamstown Sailing Club (3 training boats & life-jackets to register for Tackers Training)

Albert Park College also received a special ad-hoc grant worth AUD150,000 to develop a new Marine Research Centre located at the school’s Environmental Arts Hub in Port Melbourne. It will be available for use by community groups outside of school hours. The grant will also be used for the scholarship of 20 students and the construction of a sustainable commercial kitchen.

The panel of judges comprised seven community representatives including four young locals.

“Our judging panel was hugely impressed by the variety of organisations devoted to building positive and sustainable outcomes. VICT is privileged to be able to support this work across such a wide range of local initiatives,” continued DØmmestrup.

The Community Investment Fund is just one aspect of VICT’s strong commitment to working closely and positively with neighbouring communities around Webb Dock at the Port of Melbourne, particularly in the cities of Port Phillip and Hobsons Bay.

“Through our VICT Community Investment Fund, we seek to help future generations become happy, resilient individuals who will make good leaders with sound community values. Health and education are both critical to this outcome and through the Fund, we can make a contribution that will have a positive impact that sustains over the long term,” concluded Dommestrup

VICT’s Community Investment Fund will be accepting applications yearly from qualified not-for-profit community organisations. The next round will open in March 2016. Interested parties may head over to http://www.vict.com.au for the guidelines.

About VICT

Victoria International Container Terminal Limited (VICT), a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc., won the international bidding for the design, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance and financing of the new International Container Terminal and Empty Container Park at Webb Dock, Port of Melbourne. Headquartered in Melbourne, VICT is set to deliver a leading global standard in modern container terminal design, innovation and operation. It will become the flagship facility in Australia’s premier port.

About ICTSI

Headquartered and established in 1988 in Manila, Philippines, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) is in the business of port operation, management and development. ICTSI’s portfolio of terminals and projects spans developed and emerging market economies in the Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, and Africa. ICTSI has received global acclaim for its public-private partnerships with governments divesting of their port assets to the private sector. (www.ictsi.com)

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