Community groups share in $1.18 million
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.justice.qld.gov. 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