Fonterra teams up to support community groups in northern Victoria


While we might be in the midst of winter, the local community will be able to make a splash this summer after the Stanhope Community Pool received funding from Fonterra’s Grass Roots Fund to help keep the pool running.

The pool is one of six community groups across northern Victoria to receive support from Fonterra this week, with other initiatives ranging from fire safety equipment and community gardens to sporting equipment and swimming programs. 

Fonterra Regional Operations Manager Steve Taylor said Fonterra was pleased to once again be supporting local community groups across northern Victoria.

“We’ve partnered with the Stanhope Community Pool for the past four years because we know that this facility plays a crucial role in bringing communities together,” Mr Taylor said.

“It’s a hub for families during the summer, it gets a lot of use and we know how important it is to our community.

“It’s a partnership that is important to us and our local community.”

Stanhope Pool Committee Secretary Michelle Ponton said the swimming pool had been part of the Stanhope community for more than 70 years and was a hive of activity in the summer months. 

“We have more than 2000 people walk through our gates during the summer period. It’s a place where families can come and enjoy time together,” Ms Ponton said.

“The support from Fonterra means we can cover the day-to-day running expenses of the pool and ensure it stays open for the community. It also means we can run our school swimming program for students from Stanhope Primary School.

“It’s our job to provide a safe place for people to swim, stay active, and enjoy – thanks to Fonterra we are able to do this.”

The other northern Victorian recipients of Fonterra’s Grass Roots Fund for 2020 include:

  • Leitchville Gunbower Football Netball Club
  • Kyabram Fauna Park
  • Stanhope Fire Brigade
  • Stanhope Primary School Parents Club
  • Stanhope Bowls Club


Mr Taylor said Fonterra’s community sponsorship program is changing next year so it can further support its local community.

“The team is currently working through these changes and will be able to share more information on this later in the year – so keep your eyes peeled,” he said.