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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

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