Keith Pitt MP Federal Member for HINKLER

Fourth round for Stronger Communities program

The successful Stronger Communities Program has been extended with a fourth round announced in last night’s Budget.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the program provided a great opportunity for not-for-profit and community groups to upgrade facilities and continue to serve the community.

"Without this program many smaller not-for-profits and community organisations wouldn’t be able to afford to improve their facilities or get new equipment," Mr Pitt.

"It’s a lot of sausage sizzles and lamington drives to raise this type of funding."

The Coalition Government has committed $22.5 million in the Budget for this program, with $150,000 available to each electorate.

"The program provides funding of between $2,500 and $20,000 for project which must be matched in cash or in-kind, on a dollar for dollar basis."

Some of the successful projects already completed in the Hinkler electorate through previous rounds of the Stronger Communities program include:

- Hervey Bay Woodcrafts Club’s new workshop

- Woodgate Community Events new trailer to move around marquees for events

- Upgrade to the driveway and courtyard at the Playhouse Theatre in Bundaberg

- Hervey Bay & District Tennis Association upgraded its carpark to provide disability access

- A new communications room and training space for the Gregory River Rural Fire Brigade

- Sun protection for the Bundaberg Bowls Club

- Hervey Bay Rugby League Football Club upgrade at Ralph Stafford Park

- Bundaberg Vintage Vehicle Club received funding for the slab for their new clubhouse

- Childers TSKF installed air-conditioning at the Isis Cultural Centre

- Hervey Bay Amateur Fishing Club purchased a BBQ trailer to use for fundraising

- Burgowan Bowls Club upgraded its kitchen facilities

More information will be provided when the next round opens for applications.

Authorised by Keith Pitt, Federal Member for Hinkler, 41b Woongarra Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670

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