State funding boost for local community groups

11 Jul 2014 1:02 PMJann Stuckey

11 July 2014

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP said community organisations in Currumbin are set for a mid-year funding treat as they receive their share in a pool of over $12.6 million in the latest round of State Government Community Grants.

This welcome funding boost is delivered through round 80 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, and round 85 of the Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund

Ms Stuckey said the grants were a financial injection many groups could not afford to miss out on and allowed dedicated volunteers to focus on continuing their good work or providing better facilities and equipment.

“Whether it’s our local sporting groups, wildlife conservation societies or our brave firefighters, these groups play a huge role in our communities and need our support,” Ms Stuckey said.

“It is extremely pleasing that seven groups in Currumbin will share in over $162,000. Successful organisations included:

  • Bilinga Surf Life Saving Club, $31,818, to construct roof structure
  • Palm Beach Currumbin Junior AFL, $34,480, to upgrade canteen
  • Southern Beaches Community Garden, $30,200, to install shed and erect fencing
  • Tallebudgera State School, $31,708, to install playground
  • Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW, to $24,856, to purchase search and rescue equipment
  • Coolangatta Croquet Club, $9,600, to construct equipment storage shed

“The quarterly grants allowed profits from gambling to be invested back into grassroots services and facilities,” Ms Stuckey said.

“You can’t put a price on what these grants mean for the people involved, the communities they serve and the difference it will make to the lives of everyday people,.

“I encourage all local groups, however big or small, to apply for the next round of funding before the end of August 2014 and make the most of this wonderful opportunity.”

For more information on the grants, please visit www.olgr.qld.gov.au and click on ‘Grants’

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