QGC

LIS­TEN­ING TO OUR NEIGH­BOURS and con­tribut­ing to our com­mu­ni­ties

Central and North Burnett Times - - OPINION -

Fromthe Surat basin toGlad­stone, QGC is work­ing to en­sure that neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties ben­e­fit from our pres­ence on an en­dur­ing ba­sis. Some­times that means funds for sport­ing clubs, up­grades for schools or much-needed wheels for a re­tire­ment vil­lage. It also means do­ing what we can to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment, sup­port hu­man rights and lis­ten­ing to those in our com­mu­ni­ties. Here are some of the ways QGC is striv­ing to be a good neigh­bour and em­ployer: QGC has awarded con­tractsworth $13 mil­lion to build 27 homes in Chin­chilla, Miles and Tara, help­ing to sup­port lo­cal trades­peo­ple anda sus­tain­able hous­ing mar­ket in the gas fields. Eight new town­houses and 13 fam­ily homes are also un­der con­struc­tion in­Glad­stone, ready to house work­ers and ease hous­ing pres­sure. A six-week train­ing course for 14 Imam tra­di­tional own­ers, jointly funded by QGC, is aimed at pre­par­ing them for a ca­reer in the gas in­dus­try. The tra­di­tional lands of the Imam peo­ple en­com­pass ar­eas of Ta­room and Wan­doan. The course pro­vides drilling train­ing, life skills coach­ing and in­dus­try fa­mil­iari­sa­tions. Thenot-for-profit Ta­roomDistrict Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion has been able to ap­point KathyMa­jor to the role of Com­mu­nity Sup­port and Project Of­fi­cer, fol­low­ing an $84,000 QGC grant. Kathy will help Ta­room to ben­e­fit from the re­sources in­dus­try ex­pan­sion. Kids at the C& K Glad­stone Com­mu­nity Kinder­garten have more room to play, thanks to a $55,000 grant from QGC. The funds helped the kindy to ex­pand stor­age and ad­min­is­tra­tive ar­eas, leav­ing larger play ar­eas. A do­na­tion of $50,000 from QGC al­lowed the Dalby Ten­nis Club to in­stall light­ing for a strip of courts in Novem­ber. The Than­g­ool Me­mo­rial Park has new­climb­ing cubes, soft fall ground cover and shade cloths in time for the sum­mer hol­i­days, fol­low­ing a $49,600 grant from QGC. Nin­gana Re­tire­ment Vil­lage, at Dalby, has used a $31,554 grant from QGC to buy a new car to trans­port res­i­dents to com­mu­nity events, ap­point­ments and­ser­vices. Nin­gana Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Arthur Martin said the ve­hi­cle would en­able res­i­dents to ac­cess com­mu­nity ser­vices and stay close to fam­ily and friends. Monto is dec­o­rat­ing its rail bridge with a va­ri­ety of drought- and frost-tol­er­ant plants. The plants, in­clud­ing aga­pan­thas, gre­vil­leas, cycads and liri­ope were bought with a QGC grant. In June QGC pro­vided $330,000 for com­mu­nity projects in North Bur­nett and Ba­nana Shire, which has in­cluded ru­ral fire-fight­ing equip­ment, shade for the Biloela State School, a new kitchen for the Daw­son Jockey Club, re­fur­bish­ment of theMonto QCWA hall, camp­ing and sport­ing equip­ment for the Pres­by­te­rian Church and a new PA sys­tem for the Cal­lide Val­ley Agri­cul­tural and Pas­toral So­ci­ety. QGC also pro­vided $225,000 for the Glad­stone re­gion, help­ing out the Tan­num Sands State High School per­for­mance cen­tre, SunVal­leyPark Sports, the Glad­stone Auto Club, the Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue at Round Hill and other clubs. At the same time, the West­ern Downs re­ceived $196,000 which helped the Chin­chilla Chris­tian School’s pre-prep fa­cil­i­ties, the Tar­alga Re­tire­ment Vil­lage, the Wan­doan and District Kinder­garten and other ser­vices and clubs.

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