News

$4m donation drop, but Gladstone still digs deep

GLADSTONE'S generosity took a nosedive with donations to charities falling by almost $4 million, a report shows.

The region gave $2,739,752 to not-for-profits during the 2011-2012 financial year, down $3,940,527 on 2010-2011's $6,680,279.

The figures were revealed in the Annual Giving Australia report compiled by QUT's Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies and based on tax office data.

Gladstone's donations totalled $1,648,729 more than those of Rockhampton residents who gave $1,091,033.

During that year Biloela residents' donations totalled $495,207.

Centre director Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes said the significant decrease was caused by a range of factors.

"In the six-million-dollar year, it was the year of the triple whammy natural disasters," he said, in relation to the 2011 Queensland floods and other horrific natural disasters.

"It (donating) is elastic; it expands to meet the needs.

"Business and consumer confidence was down in that year (2011-12).

"It (donating) is very much dependent on whether there is a need to give and consumer confidence."

An Endeavour Foundation spokesperson said Gladstone people were generous supporters of the non-profit foundation for disability services.

"Over the years many locals have thrown their support behind appeals and fundraising events and on a comparable level to other regions," he said.

"Donations big or small, Endeavour Foundation appreciate the generous support of locals."

Topics:  charity, endeavour foundation, gladstone




The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

Eight free events to check out in Gladstone this weekend

An aerial shot of Agnes Water main beach. Photo Contributed

You don't have to spend a fortune to have a good weekend.

Latest deals and offers

Kirk Douglas is defiant, fierce and still standing

VETERAN ACTOR: Kirk Douglas has had a long and varied career.

Kirk Douglas has out-lived almost all his contemporaries

The Hard Word reviews Kyzer Soze

Kyzer Soze are playing Brisbane tomorrow at the Crowbar in Fortitude Valley. Photo Contributed

Kyzer Soze summon the evil for this mighty slab of death metal

Britney Spears 'almost drowned' in Hawaii

Britney Spears has revealed she 'almost drowned' while on holiday

Doco reveals real story behind Black Hawk Down

Former Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant shares his story, which helped to inspire the movie Black Hawk Down, in the TV series No Man Left Behind.

FORMER pilot recounts ordeal which inspired a Hollywood movie.

What's on the big screen this week

Toby Kebbell and Jack Huston in a scene from the movie Ben-Hur.

AN OLD classic returns to the big screen with a new young star.

Bachelor Richie gives bacon-loving Noni the boot

Noni Janur features on this season of The Bachelor.

TOOWOOMBA swimwear designer still single but focusing on her career.

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Gladstone landlords in trouble with Bechtel job losses

"If a big project was announced tomorrow I wouldn't want to see it"

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.