Com­mu­nity groups share in $1.18 mil­lion

Maroochy Weekly - - LOCAL | LIFE -

THE State Govern­ment has an­nounced $12.4 mil­lion for 600 com­mu­nity groups, in­clud­ing $1.18 mil­lion for Sun­shine Coast groups, in the lat­est round of the Gam­bling Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit Fund.

At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Jus­tice Yvette D’Ath said the Gam­bling Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit Fund was Queens­land’s largest one-off grants pro­gram, and 602 groups would ben­e­fit from $12.4 mil­lion.

“Coolum Beach Meals on Wheels has been al­lo­cated $34,895 to in­stall a so­lar sys­tem and Kawana Waters Surf Life Sav­ing Club will re­ceive $27,148 to pur­chase a trailer,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“In ad­di­tion, YMCA Caloun­dra Gym­nas­tics will also re­ceive $35,000 to in­stall a gym­nas­tics floor and Sun­shine Coast Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion will get $35,000 to re­place score­boards.

“This is ter­rific news for the Sun­shine Coast re­gion. The Palaszczuk Govern­ment is en­sur­ing com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions have the fund­ing they need to pro­vide ser­vices to their com­mu­nity.”

Mrs D’Ath said these com­mu­nity groups were vi­tal to the re­gion.

“Ded­i­cated lo­cals are the lifeblood of these com­mu­nity groups and we are en­sur­ing they have funds needed for pro­jects that would have oth­er­wise been out of reach.

“We know how vi­tal their work is, and that is why we con­trib­ute mil­lions of dol­lars ev­ery round as part of the Gam­bling Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit Fund.”

Mrs D’Ath said ap­pli­ca­tions for the next round open later in July.

“Ap­pli­ca­tions are as­sessed by the Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit Funds Unit and are con­sid­ered ev­ery quar­ter,” Mrs D’Ath said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.jus­ au/grants. THE sweet aroma of bul­bo­phyl­lum and cat­t­leyas will fill the Mill­well Road Com­mu­nity Cen­tre next Fri­day and Satur­day, when the Ma­roochy­dore Orchid So­ci­ety will host its orchid show.

Club sec­re­tary Kathy Howat­son said the event would bring orchid en­thu­si­asts from far and wide.

“There are nine other so­ci­eties, and we in­vite them to our show,” Ms Howat­son said.

“We judge the or­chids and there’s a real get­to­gether of peo­ple with sim­i­lar in­ter­ests.”

While each orchid might look the same as the next to a lay-per­son, Ms Howat­son said there was a dis­tinct change in trends lately, around which types of or­chids were pop­u­lar.

“Re­cently peo­ple have be­come more in­ter­ested in species or­chids than in hy­brids,” Ms Howat­son said.

The dif­fer­ence be­tween them, she said, was the breed­ing of the plant.

“If you find an orchid in the wild, it’s a species orchid.

“But peo­ple of­ten get two dif­fer­ent or­chids in the same genus and they hy­bridise them to bake a big­ger, bet­ter flower.

“It might even be for the colour to be im­proved.”

Ms Howat­son’s pref­er­ence



8.30am–4pm Fri­day, Au­gust 4 and 8.30am–2pm Satur­day, Au­gust 5 Mill­well Road Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Ma­roochy­dore



though, has noth­ing to do with a flower’s size.

“I grow them for the smell, not how they look.”


ORCHID SO­CI­ETY: Lo­raine Hock­ing, Joe Mer­cieca, Kathy Howat­son and Dun­can McMartin, from Ma­roochy­dore Orchid So­ci­ety, are look­ing for­ward to the orchid show next week.


GRANT FUND­ING: Kawana Waters re­ceives $27,000 to buy a trailer. Surf Life Sav­ing Club

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