Gladstone Foundation funds allocated to health, at-risk kids
THE first funds from the Gladstone Foundation have finally been assigned to the community, with healthcare and at-risk kids the big winners.
On Thursday the foundation chairman Jim Petrich revealed Anglicare Central Queensland and Medibank Health Solutions Telehealth would share in $4.6 million for local projects.
It's the first round of grants from a $13.5 million pool of contributions from the three LNG companies on Curtis Island, which sat idle for more than a year.
Anglicare has secured $2.4 million for its Stronger Futures Residential Care Program, which will build homes for teens who need extreme care due to health conditions, disability or challenging behaviour.
Meanwhile, Medibank will receive $2.2 million to grow its Online Allied Health Delivery program - adding psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and diet experts to its existing online specialists.
"The Board of Advice looks forward to applying further funds to make a lasting impact for the community in the future," Mr Petrich said.
The board will seek advice on infrastructure priorities for its next round of grant funding.
Locals are welcome to suggest infrastructure ideas, at gladstonefoundation.org.au.