15 groups share in $106,000 grants

Round two sub­mis­sions open on Septem­ber 30

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

RE­SILIENCE in a re­gion is about much more than help­ing lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions thrive and im­prove their ser­vices, it’s about cre­at­ing a dis­trict with a buoy­ant com­mu­nity spirit and pos­i­tive, proud out­look.

A round of South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil com­mu­nity grants has re­cently pro­vided a boost to 15 groups through a to­tal of $106,000 in fund­ing.

South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Cr Tracy Do­bie said round one of the Grants to Com­mu­nity pro­gram was im­por­tant in valu­ing and build­ing “re­silience and a strong com­mu­nity”.

The three fund­ing streams open for ap­pli­ca­tions were the Com­mu­nity Grant, Events Grant, and the Sport and Recre­ation Grant.

Cr Do­bie said as gov­ern­ments be­came more cen­tralised, it was es­sen­tial com­mu­ni­ties were able to de­velop “good com­mu­nity spirit”.

“Our smaller com­mu­ni­ties can feel like they’re miss­ing out.

“I be­lieve the com­mu­nity should be say­ing ‘this is what we want and these are the solutions we need’.

“This is what the grants are about.”

She said it was cru­cial com­mu­nity groups in re­gional ar­eas were able to take con­trol of their own projects and this year the coun­cil had dou­bled the amount of money in­jected into the grants pro­gram.

“One of the things I want to see is a strong com­mu­nity: I’m talk­ing about when peo­ple have an affin­ity with their com­mu­nity and the place they live.

“We want to pro­vide the sup­port, so peo­ple have own­er­ship of what they want their com­mu­nity to be,” Cr Do­bie said.

“It’s about qual­ity of life and a com­mu­nity hav­ing a com­mon pur­pose.

“Coun­cil can come and help but it’s not the same if the com­mu­nity does it them­selves with coun­cil sup­port. We want to take pride in what we do as a com­mu­nity.

“Tak­ing pride in some­thing you’ve achieved is how your com­mu­nity feels good about it­self, which puts a smile on ev­ery­body’s face.”

She said a War­wick school stu­dent talk­ing about re­gional towns once said “small enough to care, big enough for op­por­tu­ni­ties” and it was a phrase she em­braced and could re­late.

“I was stag­gered last year when I saw the num­ber of com­mu­nity groups that ap­plied. Through the grants, we’re try­ing to look at our com­mu­ni­ties and iden­tify what they want.

“It’s about com­mu­nity build­ing and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment,” she said.

With most of

Queens­land’s pop­u­la­tion sit­u­ated along the east coast and in the south-east corner, it was vi­tal that the state’s ru­ral and re­gional ar­eas “have a voice”.

Round two of the Grants to Com­mu­nity pro­gram, with an over­all fund­ing al­lo­ca­tion of $120,000, will open from Septem­ber 30 un­til Oc­to­ber 29.

Cr Do­bie en­cour­aged com­mu­nity groups to look to the fu­ture, think about what was needed and sub­mit their ap­pli­ca­tions.

Suc­cess­ful round one ap­pli­cants in­clude the Eukey Hall As­so­ci­a­tion, the Stan­thorpe Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety Event Man­age­ment Sub­com­mit­tee, Amiens His­tory As­so­ci­a­tion, the Bal­lan­dean Pri­mary School Par­ents’ and Cit­i­zens’ As­so­ci­a­tion, the Bor­der Dis­trict Eisteddfod, Stan­thorpe Lit­tle Ath­let­ics, and the Bal­lan­dean Football Club.

For in­for­ma­tion, check the coun­cil web­site, www.sdrc. qld.gov.au or call the grants of­fi­cer on 1300 697 372.

❝ I be­lieve the com­mu­nity should be say­ing ‘this is what we want and these are the solutions we need.’ This is what the grants are about. — Mayor Tracy Do­bie

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