Childers groups win big

Two Childers or­gan­i­sa­tions will be a lot cooler thanks to grants

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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