Gympie gets govt funding

THE Gympie region will benefit from $126,000 in funding from government gambling profits.

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund uses a percentage of state revenue raised from gaming activities to offer grants of up to $35,000 to assist community organisations to meet the ongoing demand for their services.

“These grants make a real difference for groups and organisations attempting to meet the needs of their local communities throughout Queensland,” minister for gaming Peter Lawlor said.

“The community benefit funds remain a significant part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring, on balance that Queenslanders benefit from gambling revenues.

“People within community organisations contribute so much of their own time, experience and resources. It is great to be able to add that little bit extra.”

Mr Lawlor said a new and innovative online grants management system had proven itself successful, providing a smooth transition to the online application process.

“The ability to lodge funding applications online cuts down paper and reduces unnecessary documentation.

“The new process is easier and less cumbersome – it will encourage more community groups to apply,” he said.

To apply for Community Benefit Fund grants, visit the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation website at and click on grants.

Applications for the next round of funding close on May 31.

This round Gympie’s RSPCA received $27,096 to install a solar power system and Gympie East State School Parents and Citizens Association will install a playground and softfall equipment with its $25,611.

Mary Valley State College Parents and Citizens Association was given $23,133 to establish a permaculture garden; Cooloola City Farm Nurseries is using $22,929 to install water treatment tanks and a sump; the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Cooloola Coast Sub Branch is purchasing office equipment and furniture with its $17,485 grant; and Erin House will buy a vehicle with $10,000.

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