Groups angry at Gladstone Foundation's lack of funding

GLADSTONE Area Promotions and Development Ltd (GAPDL) applied for Gladstone Foundation funding to source a permanent home for Communities for Children - a child and family centre which has been running for some years and is currently housed in premises in Toolooa St.

The application was approved and recommended by the foundation's board of advice, but turned down by the public trustee.

GAPDL CEO Glenn Churchill said he was disappointed on behalf of the community that the application had been rejected.

"We have sought legal advice with the intent to write to the government regarding the decision," he said.

"We are optimistic that if we go about this in the right manner we may be able to have the decision re-assessed."

He said the public trustee's letter of rejection give the organisation little opportunity to have the decision reconsidered.

Gladstonee Men's Shed president Gerry Graham is frustrated because they too had applied for an application for foundation funding.

The application was for funding to build a purpose-built shed on council-owned land in Barney Point.

But on March 12 this year the organisation was told it didn't meet the grant criteria because it was not a charitable organisation.

However, the guidelines of the foundation make no mention of the need to be a charitable organisation.

As well as that, the public trustee's letter stated that it was reticent to award the grant in case the men's shed disbanded at some stage and that the building would then come under the control of the council, which would not meet the criteria.

"It's ridiculous," said Mr Graham.

"The Gladstone Foundation has said our grant is a great use of the foundation funds, but the public trustee has stopped it. It just doesn't make sense."

Mr Graham said the men's shed was taking advice as to how to proceed, although the public trustee seemed to have given little room to move.

He said it was ironical that the men's shed has had numerous requests from government social agencies to produce resources for their use, and yet the government's public trustee was making it so difficult to receive the funding it needed to set up permanently.


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