Council approves community projects, bicycle donations
Gladstone Regional Council yesterday approved the donation of discarded or surplus used mobility aids to the Gladstone Rotary Club (Sunrise).
In the same meeting they also agreed to donate six bicycles to Tannum Sands State High School for a student program.
Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said the Gladstone Rotary Club (Sunrise) performed a valuable community service through the delivery of mobility aids to those who require the assistance but do not have the financial means to acquire them.
"Sadly, there are those in the community who require the assistance of walkers and other mobility aids but do not have the financial means with which to acquire the equipment," Councillor Burnett said.
The bicycles, donated to Tannum Sands State High School, will be sourced from the council's various waste transfer stations from throughout the region.
Councillor Kahn Goodluck said the push bikes were considered to be low value assets by Council but would be a valuable resource for the school and its students.
"These bikes are worth about $10 each if sold at Council's Tip Top shops at Gladstone or Benaraby, but are worth so much more to students involved in the program," Cr Goodluck said.
"Council approved a request by the school to donate the bikes for use in the rehabilitation program which is to be conducted by the school chaplain and we wish the school and the chaplain every success with it."
Council also supported a request from Gladstone Rotary Club (Sunrise) to dispose of left over scrap bicycle frame parts at Council waste transfer stations free of charge.
The parts are left over from the club's program to convert unneeded bicycle frames into wheelchairs which are then distributed to needy recipients in 31 countries.