Grants for shade for events

Woodgate thrilled with new mar­quees

Isis Town and Country - - News -

VIS­I­TORS to com­mu­nity events in Woodgate will be able to beat the heat this year with the help of a Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties grant from the Fed­eral Govern­ment.

Mem­ber for Hin­kler Keith Pitt said Woodgate Com­mu­nity Events had been awarded $5036 to buy five mar­quees.

“Th­ese mar­quees will pro­vide shel­ter dur­ing a num­ber of an­nual events held in Woodgate each year such as Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions and Easter at Woodgate,” Mr Pitt said.

Woodgate Com­mu­nity Events pres­i­dent Rae Scott said it was won­der­ful to have the mar­quees for the grow­ing events.

Easter at Woodgate is a four-day fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment week­end in­clud­ing movies, church ser­vices and a fes­ti­val/mar­ket day which at­tracts more than 9500 vis­i­tors and 500 par­tic­i­pants.

Woodgate Arts in Spring is a cul­tural week­end of vis­ual and per­form­ing arts cul­mi­nat­ing in a fam­ily craft/mar­ket day.

“We’ve had lot of in­quiries about th­ese events this year, so we’re ex­pect­ing them to be big­ger than ever,” Mrs Scott said.

Other com­mu­nity groups – in­clud­ing the Woodgate RSL, Woodgate Singers, Woodgate Ru­ral Fire Brigade and Woodgate SES – will also have ac­cess to the equip­ment which will im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of stag­ing events in Woodgate and re­duc­ing rental and trans­port costs.

“The mar­quees will pro­vide a valu­able re­source, mak­ing it eas­ier to run fes­ti­vals since equip­ment is cur­rently hired and sourced from Bund­aberg and Childers,” Mrs Scott said.

Through the Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Pro­gram, el­i­gi­ble com­mu­nity groups can ap­ply for grants of be­tween $5000 and $20,000 for small cap­i­tal projects.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for Round Two will close on April 1. www.in­fra­struc­ture.gov.au/SCP

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

WOODGATE EVENTS: Cel­e­brat­ing new mar­ques to ben­e­fit com­mu­nity groups.

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