Childers groups win big
Two Childers organisations will be a lot cooler thanks to grants
TWO Childers organisations will share in almost $60,000 from the last round of the State Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
Forest View Childers will receive $22,727 and Childers Karate Club will receive $35,000.
Both will use the funds to upgrade air-conditioning facilities at their respective venues.
Forest View Childers CEO Jenny Nixon welcomed the funding announcement.
“The funds will allow us to upgrade and replace the existing, aging air-conditioners in the common areas,” Ms Nixon said.
“We recently invested our own money in upgrading air-conditioning in all of our residents’ rooms. This will complete that project.
“It will give residents and their families comfort when they visit.”
Childers Karate Club president John Russo said the club was delighted to be successful in gaining the grant to air-condition the Isis Cultural Centre.
“This will undoubtedly make the facility much more comfortable for all community members who hire the hall in the future,” Mr Russo said.
“We would especially like to thank our funding co-ordinator Sandra Webb for her efforts in facilitating this grant and also all community groups who supported our application.
“We hope that Bundaberg Regional Council are also as excited as we are with the successful application and will fully support and fund the shortfall of approximately $15,000.”
A council spokeswoman said it would be happy to discuss any additional funding requirements once it received a formal submission from the karate club.
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett congratulated both organisations on their successful application.
“Forest View Childers and the Childers Karate Club are very worthy recipients of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and I was extremely pleased to see they have been rewarded for their commitment to the Childers community,” Mr Bennett said.
“I am proud of our hardworking non-profit organisations in the Childers community, who provide invaluable services to families and our elderly. It’s important we continue to get behind those making a difference.
“They are vital to so many people and I am committed to ensuring they receive the most amount of funding possible.”
Mr Bennett said the quarterly grants allowed profits from gambling to be invested back into grassroots services and facilities that benefited people from all walks of life in the Burnett community.
“These grants can be the difference between keeping these important services in our area and going without,” he said.
John Russo This will undoubtedly make the facility much more comfortable for all community members who hire the hall in the future.