QGC fund provides another $550,000 to community projects

QGC has provided more than $550,000 to 19 community projects through the latest round of its Sustainable Communities Fund.

Latest funding from the QGC Sustainable Communities Fund announced this week includes about $305,000 to 12 groups in the Western Downs and about $245,000 to seven groups in Gladstone.

QGC vice president for sustainability Brett Smith said the funding was helping to improve communities across southern Queensland.

"By lending a hand to hard-working community groups, in addition to longer-term projects in health, housing, employment and training, we are helping to mitigate impacts of our Queensland Curtis LNG Project," Mr Smith said.

The QGC Sustainable Communities Fund has provided $4.6 million to 145 short-term, one-off projects since it began in 2011.

Linda Charlton of Gladstone Youth Music Council said a A$41,867 grant would pay for a purpose-built trailer, instruments and equipment that would help young people in Gladstone to develop their musical skills.

"It will be a dream come true to be able to have all of this equipment ready and available for use in the one place," Mrs Charlton said.

Miles State High School Training Centre Manager Gavin Priest said a A$27,864 grant would enable the welding program to continue.

Community groups will be able to apply for grants this year from 1 February and 1 August.

Other projects in Gladstone to receive funding in this round are:

  • Agnes Water Rugby League Club - mower and storage shed (A$28,000)
  • Bindaree Lodge - residents' bus (A$50,000)
  • Gladstone Community Linking Agency - information technology equipment (A$18,700)
  • Gladstone South State School - prep playground (A$47,795.60)
  • Koolyangarra Kindergarten Association - fencing (A$10,162.50)
  • TS Gladstone Unit Support Group - safety/rescue boat (A$48,200).

Other projects in the Western Downs to receive funding in this round are:

  • Chinchilla Family Support Centre - professional development courses (A$32,985.23)
  • Chinchilla Historical Society - farm machinery display shed (A$30,368)
  • Chinchilla Polocrosse Club - catering and office facility (A$50,000)
  • Friends of Carinya Nursing Home - all-weather blinds in rest area (A$11,930)
  • Jandowae Kindergarten Association - new air-conditioning units (A$11,110)
  • Murilla Landcare Group - feral animal reduction program (A$33,483)
  • Wandoan and District Pony Club - upgrade of cross-country course (A$23,455)
  • Wandoan Campdraft and Rodeo Association - upgrade of multi-purpose livestock handling facility (A$44,311.75)
  • Friends of Carinya Hostel at Miles; Illoura Village at Chinchilla; and Tarcoola Retirement Village at Tara - installation of Silver Memories nostalgia radio program (A$13,022.50 each)


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