New trailer means more rowers competing on the water

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

A new rowing boat trailer thanks to a grant from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program means more local rowers are able to travel to compete and take part in training camps.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt congratulated Bundaberg Rowing Club on its successful application from round 4 of the program.

“Bundaberg Rowing Club received $7,150 to get a new trailer built to carry boats and equipment to regattas and training camps,” Mr Pitt said.

“The Stronger Communities Program has been very successful for community groups and organisations with more than 50 projects funded throughout the Hinkler electorate.

“Some of the projects completed to date include upgraded kitchens and amenities blocks, improved disability access, new freezers and fridges and a BBQ trailer for fundraising.”

Bundaberg Rowing Club president Neville Cayley said the ever-increasing number of local junior, senior and veteran rowers who train and compete saw the need for a new rowing boat trailer.

“We have people competing at local, regional state and nationals events from Townsville through to the Gold Coast and interstate, so we needed to be able to get the boats to these competitions,” he said.

Bundaberg Rowing Club was established in 1888, making it one of Australia’s oldest rowing clubs.

It is located on two rivers – Burnett River and Kolan River – and caters for rowers living in the greater Bundaberg region from Childers through to Gin Gin and beyond.

Recently, the 50th anniversary of the Kings Regatta being held in Bundaberg was celebrated with past and present members of the club.

The Stronger Communities Program offers eligible community groups grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 for small capital projects. All applications need to commit matching funding contributions.

Round 5 of the Stronger Communities Program is open now for Expressions of Interest and closes on Monday, September 9. To download an EOI form visit:

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