Fourth round for Stronger Communities program

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

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.

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