Group hits jackpot
A LONG-TERM plan to develop a new storage facility will finally become a reality for Woodgate Community Events.
The structure, to be situated next to the emergency services complex, will be completed thanks to a $17,500 grant announced last week by Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett.
The money came from the latest round of Gambling Community Benefit Fund grants and Woodgate Community Events president Helen Brett could not be happier.
“It’s like winning the lottery,” Mrs Brett said.
When Mr Bennett’s number flashed up on Mrs Brett’s phone, she had no idea he was about to deliver good news.
“I thought he was going to be all political and talk about the election,” Mrs Brett said. “This is brilliant. “We’ve talked about it over the years and we made a hard push in the last 12 months to try to get there.”
The storage facility will make life much easier for the community group, which runs Australia Day, Easter and the huge arts festival in spring.
It will allow the group to store equipment in one place, which is a far cry from the current set-up where members store bits and pieces at their homes.
Woodgate was not the only winner, with Isis District State High School awarded $29,700 to install large Power foil fans in the stadium.
Mr Bennett said the quarterly grants allowed profits from gambling to be invested back into grassroots facilities.
“These grants can be the difference between keeping these important services in our area and going without,” he said.
BIG WIN: Woodgate Community Events members Rae Scott, John Bellerby, John Trevor with president Helen Brett and Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett.