Group hits jack­pot

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

BIG WIN: Woodgate Com­mu­nity Events mem­bers Rae Scott, John Bellerby, John Trevor with pres­i­dent He­len Brett and Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett.

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