From schools to sporting clubs, 18 community organisations will be able to carry out improvements and introduce initiatives thanks to round two of Central Highlands Regional Council’s community grants program.
A total of $157,692.75 has been awarded to organisations across the region in the three categories of community assistance, sport and recreation assistance and community improvement.
Buckland Recreation Club is thrilled to receive a grant of $4,926.20 to purchase catering products including a new stove and bain maries.
The club’s events coordinator Marjorie Shannen said the new equipment will make it possible for the club to continue to cater for its major regular event – hosting a stopover for the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s (RFDS) outback trek.
The outback trek is due to return to Buckland in May next year and the club will provide dinner and a hot breakfast for the estimated 350 entrants.
Marjorie said the club donated half of the proceeds of the catering directly back to the RFDS and was proud to have raised more than $60,000 for the service in the past decade.
‘We are thrilled to receive this funding as it means we will be able to continue to provide our support for the service,’ Marjorie said.
‘We are very passionate about supporting the RFDS. The plane has been here quite a few times over the years to pick up sick people and that’s why we are so passionate about providing our support.’
Mayor Kerry Hayes said council appreciates the key role community groups and organisations play and was proud to provide support through the grants program.
‘Community groups and organisations contribute so much to our wonderful region – from providing recreational and sporting opportunities to helping ensure school children enjoy great facilities and opportunities.
‘The social networks our not-for-profit organisations provide are fundamental to making the Central Highlands a great place to live. We are proud to continue to support these groups that thrive thanks to the many generous people who volunteer their time behind the scenes.’
Other groups to benefit from community grants include Central Highlands Junior Rugby Union ($5,000 for website development), the Emerald Eagles Football Club ($20,000 to construct an equipment shed and shade) and the Arcadia Valley State School P&C ($20,000 to install an all purpose/all weather shade).
To view a complete list of all successful applicants and find out how to apply for the next round of grants, visit: https://www.chrc.qld.gov.au/community-support/grants-and-funding/community-grants/.