$103,000 helping hand from gaming

COMMUNITY groups in Gympie are set to receive more than $103,000 as a helping hand through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

The State Minister responsible for gaming regulation Peter Lawlor announced the latest round of funding this week, and said the money would go towards equipment and services considered a priority for the region.

Cooloola Coast Crocs swimming club will receive $35,000 to have a demountable club house installed. Jones Hill State School have been granted $31,657 for a playground and sandpit, and Cooloola Youth Service will use $15,455 to construct a shed.

The Endeavour Foundation was successful in its application for funding, having received $8654 to upgrade the driveway and install security screens for Jill Ferris Residential, and $6759 to purchase laptops for the Gympie Post School Services.

Tin Can Bay Chamber of Commerce Tourism was granted $5763 in funding to hold the Cooloola Festival of Birds.

“Community groups work hard year-round providing important services to people in the region and this funding will be a welcome and well-deserved boost to their efforts,” Mr Lawlor said.

Under the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, a percentage of state revenue raised from gaming activities are used to offer grants of up to $35,000 to assist community organisations. Since its inception, more than 37,000 applications have been funded, totalling more than $461 million.

Mr Lawlor said community groups and not-for-profit organisations could apply for funding online through the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation’s (OLGR) website.

“It’s easy to jump online and submit an application. I encourage more groups to apply online in the next funding round, which closes on 30 November, 2010,” he said.

Mr Lawlor added community groups and not-for-profit organisations could also apply for solar energy grants through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

“Guidelines for this are also available on the OLGR website so organisations interested in going solar should explore this option.”

To apply for community benefit fund grants, visit www.olgr.qld.gov.au and click on grants.

Gympie Times


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