$350k boost to Nanango

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - Troy Kip­pen and Tessa Map­stone

THE 2014 round of the Her­itage Nanango Com­mu­nity Fund­ing has pushed the amount given in grants to more than $350,000 in the past 12 months.

Fund trea­surer An­drew Black said, de­spite the fig­ures, the fund­ing round was smaller than last year when close to $500,000 was dis­trib­uted.

“We al­ways look for qual­ity projects,” he said.

“There were fewer ap­pli­ca­tions this year.

“And there were a few that we couldn’t fund be­cause they didn’t meet the cri­te­ria.

“Oc­ca­sion­ally you are look­ing at an or­gan­i­sa­tion with only a hand­ful of mem­bers.”

Mr Black said funds went to­wards projects that had the great­est im­pact on the com­mu­nity.

“A lot of these or­gan­i­sa­tions we are only pro­vid­ing part fund­ing be­cause they have done their own fund­ing,” he said.

This year more than 30 projects and groups shared in the fund­ing, in­clud­ing about $32,000 for the Nanango Theatre Group.

Theatre pres­i­dent Lynda Arch­dall said the fund­ing to up­grade the venue would make it more com­fort­able for pa­trons of the theatre group.

“We seat 45, but when we’ve got ca­pac­ity crowd it gets quite crowded around the sup­per area,” Ms Arch­dall said. “(A new ve­randa will) be on the front of the build­ing on Elk St. We would cer­tainly hope to have it done be­fore the end of the year.

“Well, com­mu­nity groups like ours wouldn’t be able to do that sort of thing with­out the help of Her­itage, it’s a huge as­sis­tance to us it just would not be pos­si­ble with­out Her­itage.”

HNCF chair­man Wendy Zerbst said Her­itage Nanango Com­mu­nity Fund­ing Ltd rep­re­sented the Nanango com­mu­nity in a joint ven­ture with Her­itage Bank, and was a not-for-profit, vol­un­teer-run or­gan­i­sa­tion “just like many of the or­gan­i­sa­tions we sup­port”.

“We are de­lighted to an­nounce another sub­stan­tial amount of fund­ing that has been awarded to or­gan­i­sa­tions that will di­rectly ben­e­fit Nanango and the sur­round­ing district,” Ms Zerbst said.

“Since last year’s fund­ing round was an­nounced, we have pro­vided more than $350,000 in fund­ing to the district.

“But this re­mark­able achieve­ment would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of the lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses that bank at Her­itage Bank Nanango.

“Ev­ery dol­lar banked with us means HNCF can help com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions with sub­stan­tial projects.”

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