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GREAT news has ar­rived in the form of grant ap­pli­ca­tion suc­cess for the Childers His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

The so­ci­ety’s com­mit­tee waded through moun­tains of pa­per­work and red tape to be granted $16,500 for fur­ni­ture and com­puter equip­ment and a fur­ther $5000 for equip­ment for the old phar­macy.

Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Bev San­ta­ca­te­rina said the com­mit­tee are de­lighted with the wind­fall and it will ben­e­fit the so­ci­ety and the com­mu­nity.

“It will make the job of ar­chiv­ing a lit­tle eas­ier with the new fill­ing cab­i­nets,”

It couldn’t come ear­lier as the small group of vol­un­teers are strug­gling for space and vol­un­teers.

“We have a small group of ded­i­cated, hard work­ing mem­bers and it would be great to see new younger mem­bers of our com­mu­nity vol­un­teer some time,”

Mem­ber for Bur­nett, Stephen Ben­nett said it was a plea­sure to in­form the His­tor­i­cal pres­i­dent of the grant ap­pli­ca­tion suc­cess.

“Grants are avail­able to com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions to as­sist with pur­chas­ing items,”

“I en­cour­age all lo­cal groups, how­ever big or small, to ap­ply for the next round of fund­ing and make the most of this won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity.” Mr Ben­nett said.

“There are many grants avail­able and it’s about find­ing ones to suit,”

Mrs San­ta­ca­te­rina said they house Childers’ his­tory and it’s im­por­tant to take care of all the items.

“Cat­a­logu­ing is a long process and we have thou­sands of items and pho­to­graphs to log,”

The Childers com­mu­nity are proud of their ru­ral his­tory in cane farm­ing, and the work con­tin­ues with new do­na­tions and mem­o­ra­bilia handed to the vol­un­teers each day.

“The vol­un­teers pride them­selves on pre­serv­ing the lo­cal his­tory,” she said.


PLEASED: Heather Parry, MP Stephen Ben­nett and Bev San­ta­ca­te­rina.

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