Out with the old, in with the new: Gambling tax revenue used to upgrade local community groups

Member for Glass House Andrew Powell is pleased to announce that round 115 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) has brought a total of $111,689.47 in grants to community groups in the Glass House electorate.

The GCBF provides sizeable grants to Queensland not-for-profit community organisations with revenue sourced from gaming taxes.

“I don’t like gambling and I’ve seen firsthand how gambling addictions can rip families apart, but if it has to exist then I’m glad to see the taxes from it put back into the community in such a positive way,” said Mr Powell.

“The maximum amount available in this round was $35,000, which is sometimes more than enough to cover off on that project the group has always wanted to tackle, or at least a great starting point for groups with big projects that they aren’t sure where to begin.”

“I always try to encourage as many community groups as possible to apply for these grants. Applications from the Glass House electorate are usually treated very well due to our abundance of small, volunteer run organisations.”

“And if you’ve already received a grant previously, just apply again after a year or two! Plenty of groups have been able to receive two or three grants.”

In no particular order, the recipients from Glass House in Round 115 are:

  • Blackall Range Care Group – $35,000 to purchase a bus
  • Eudlo Horse and Pony Club – $27,430 to upgrade their facility and purchase equipment
  • Mooloolah Valley Community Association – $15,459.47 to purchase IT equipment
  • Stanmore and District Rural Fire Brigade – $33, 800 to lay a concrete driveway

“The Mooloolah Valley Community Association (MVCA) were in desperate need of a technology upgrade … when I went down to congratulate them on the good news, they were in the middle of sustainably recycling their old computers with an innovative ‘e-waste’ bin,” continued Mr Powell.

“Did you know that while they are able to be recycled, electronic goods shouldn’t go in your yellow wheelie bin?”

“There are designated businesses that offer e-recycling services. I’m sure MCVA would happy to be recommend one if you need!”

“There is money in the bank waiting to go find its new home in your community group. You’ve got to be in it to win it!”

Information on how to apply for a GCBF grant is available at or by phoning 1800 633 619 during business hours. Applications for round 116 have already closed, and applications for round 117 will open mid-April and close at midnight on 31 May 2023.

“Application outcomes may take up to five months to be revealed, but it’s worth the wait if you win” concluded Mr Powell.