Support grows for Colour Tumby

SUPPORTIVE: Corrine Pople, Kylie Rodda and Kym Rodda from Rodda's Roadhouse show their support for the Colour Tumby initiative.

SUPPORTIVE: Corrine Pople, Kylie Rodda and Kym Rodda from Rodda's Roadhouse show their support for the Colour Tumby initiative.

The Colour Tumby initiative continues to grow with more than $13,000 received in donations and more fundraising events in the pipeline.

Through the initiative Tumby Bay Progress Association has worked to identify and deliver several community projects to benefit the Tumby Bay district.

In a presentation to the Tumby Bay District Council this week, association member Dion LeBrun said there had already been $13,500 in monetary donations.

It’s a good indication the community is getting behind this and money is coming in. - Dion LeBrun

He said after costs there was a bank balance of $8900 to put toward projects.

“It’s a good indication the community is getting behind this and money is coming in,” he said.

Rodda’s Roadhouse co-owner Kylie Rodda said the business had been helping to raise money with a collection tin and was happy with the support seen so far.

“We’d love for the community to get behind us more,” she said.

Mrs Rodda said businesses were being encouraged to have a Colour Tumby Day and show support by wearing Colour Tumby t-shirts.

The progress association will do further fundraising with events next month.

First is A ‘Bay’ at the Races Melbourne Cup Lunch at the Seabreeze Hotel on November 7 followed by a quiz night at The Red Roof on November 10.

Mr LeBrun said Novita offered the association the opportunity to host the Melbourne Cup lunch, which should be a valuable fundraiser for Colour Tumby.

Funds are building for the Colour Tumby projects including shared use trails, the BMX area revamp and providing public Wi-Fi.

The association is also campaigning for its silo mural project, which is up for Fund My Neighbourhood funding.

Mr LeBrun said one of the more controversial projects was for a street art festival in Tumby Bay but if done right it could bring good publicity to the town.

He said the association had talked to people involved in a street art festival in Benalla, Victoria about involvement and businesses had offered about six walls for art.

The Tumby Bay District Council supports the initiative and mayor Sam Telfer said it was important and exciting that there was such a good relationship between the council and the progress association.

Councillor Bob Lawrie said the new people on the progress association had been a “breath of fresh air”.

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