Reno cash for Dragons
DOUGLAS United Football Club will be getting a new roof and guttering thanks to a $33,700 grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
The State Government provided the one- off quarterly grant with revenue sourced from gaming taxes placed on Golden Casket lotteries, wagering, keno and gaming machines.
For DUFC, the money could not come at a better time and president Rodney Rasmussen said the clubroom is over 30 years old and in need of maintenance.
“It will be spent on a building upgrade, new roof, new guttering, paintings, lots of general maintenance things and a few other things like plumbing,” he said.
“We got a grant last year for solar panels and solar hot water but they wouldn’t put the solar panels on the roof until we got it fixed, once all that is done we’ll be more energy- efficient.”
Work is expected to start as soon as possible, to be completed by the end of the wet season, ready for 2013 season of football.
Rasmussen said they could not have managed the grant without the support from Division 10 Councillor Julia Leu, Duncan Sims from Far North Queensland Football and Member for Cook David Kempton.
“Groups such as these are the lifeblood of our community and it is great to be able to support them financially,” Mr Kempton said.
“These grant programs provide much needed funds for community groups to help them provide the facilities and activities which make our communities better places.”
JUST IN TIME: Douglas United Football Club’s Grant Williams and Jenny Elphinstone point out where the money will be spent