Gambling payout for community groups

GYMPIE region community groups were given a $106,000 boost in the most recent round of funding grants from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

The fund uses taxes from Golden Casket lotteries, wagering, keno and poker machines to pay out grants of up to $35,000 to Queensland community organisations.

The Cooloola Coast Bowls Club received $5454 to buy a new dishwasher, the Cooloola Pottery Group received $12,438 for a new electric kiln, Gympie Post School Services Endeavour Foundation received $6000 for a whiteboard and furniture and the Gympie and District Landcare Group was given $4780 for a laptop and signs.

Pomona and District Community House was granted $27,459 for a solar power system, the Rainbow Beach RSL sub-branch given $4545 for a trailer and ride-on mower, the Wide Bay Burnett Environment Council was granted $9683 to purchase internet and audio visual equipment, and the Wolvi State School $31,818 for a shade structure and water tanks.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the money was given to grassroots community groups to help with their programs and services.

"Funding is a constant issue for not-for-profit organisations so it is great that the government can give them an injection of money," Mr Bleijie said.

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund has four annual funding rounds.

The closing dates for applications are May 31, August 31, November 30 and February 28.

Gympie Times


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