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Powell Media Release – $12.4m State funding boost for local community groups (17 April 2014)

Glass House’s Woodford RSL and Maleny Junior Rugby Union are just some of the groups set for an Easter funding treat as they receive their share in over $12.4 million in the latest round of State Government community grants.

This much needed funding boost is delivered to hundreds of charities and not-for profits through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) and the Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund (JCCBF)  to provide invaluable frontline services to the local community.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said the State Government recognised the financial pressure community groups face all year round and praised the support these grants offer every few months.

“Whether it’s watching over beachgoers, assisting disadvantaged youth or protecting lives and properties from raging bushfires, these groups are the backbone of our local communities and need our support,” Mr Powell said.

Successful organisations within the Glass House electorate were:

  • Eudlo and District Tennis Association, $19,000 to upgrade court facilities
  • Palmwoods Tennis Club, $25,534.09 to construct mini-courts
  • Maleny Junior Rugby Union, $34,948 to install shed and purchase equipment
  • Anglican Parish of Maleny, $12,700 to replace unsafe community playground
  • Glasshouse Mountains Rural Fire Brigade, $11,702.73 to line and insulate training room
  • Glasshouse Districts Cricket Club, $5,148.70 to purchase portable shade and scoreboards
  • Woodford & Region Men’s Shed, $31,818.18 to construct a shed
  • Glass House Mountains Goodstart Early Learning Centre, $18,714.44 to upgrade facilities and purchase toys
  • Beerburrum School of Arts, $7,134.82 to modify amenities for disabled access
  • Woodford RSL Sub-branch, $35,000 to purchase a vehicle

Mr Powell said it was rewarding to see profits from gambling making a positive difference to the people of Glass House, as well as the volunteers who generously donate their time.

“We have thousands of volunteers in Queensland who sacrifice their time to benefit others, and it’s only fitting they have the necessary resources to conduct this vital work,” he said.

“These grants can make a huge difference so I encourage all groups in the community to apply for the next round of funding before the end of May 2014.”

For more information or to see a full list of recipients please visit www.olgr.qld.gov.au and click on ‘Grants’.

ENDS- 17 April 2014

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