Bundy groups get community benefit fund grants
HARDWORKING community groups in Bundaberg are set for a spring funding boost as they receive their share in $12.4 million in State Government funding through the latest round of Gambling Community Benefit Fund grants.
Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey said many local organisations couldn't do without the quarterly funding boost, which allows them to continue their invaluable work in the area.
"These groups bring so much to our community, sometimes it's easy to take it for granted and forget what life would be like without them," he said.
"Here in Bundaberg we're fortunate to have a range of non-profit organisations who provide services to families, our elderly and our furry friends too.
"Whether it's our local cricket club, our surf lifesavers or our animal care groups, it's important we continue to get behind those making a difference."
Successful organizations within the Bundaberg include:
- Eastern Suburbs Magpies Rugby, $35000, for upgrade and maintenance of football club field for junior and senior groups.
- YMCA, $37500, upgrading of carpet in their Quinn Street Fitness Centre and for a furniture upgrade in the Ymazing Children's Activity Centre
- Bundaberg Aboriginal Corp, $2121.61, purchase of equipment for centre
Mr Dempsey said the quarterly grants allowed profits from gambling to be invested back into grass roots services and facilities that benefited people from all walks of life in the Bundaberg community.
Mr Sellwood, CEO of YMCA, said "these funds are very important to our organisation for without them, we would not be able to provide the services and programs in a quality facility."
"This money goes towards increasing the number or kids programs, senior programs and other activity based community driven programs through our centre."
Mr Dempsey said "I encourage all local groups, however big or small, to apply for the next round of funding before the end of November 2014 and make the most of this wonderful opportunity".