Grant en­sures billy carts race in safer en­vi­ron­ment

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

THE Bal­lan­dean Pri­mary School Par­ents’ and

Cit­i­zens’ As­so­ci­a­tion plan to use its South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil grant to main­tain health and safety stan­dards at its ma­jor fundraiser, the an­nual the Bal­lan­dean Billy Cart Bash.

P&C pres­i­dent Aaron Cox said the $6567 grant paid for road clo­sures, in­sur­ance costs, on-site am­bu­lance fees, bar­ri­ers and hay bales, and print­ing and sig­nage costs at this year’s billy cart event which was held last week­end.

Mr Cox said the pay­ment of these es­sen­tials re­duced sig­nif­i­cantly the amount raised and, with costs be­ing cov­ered this year, the fu­ture of the event was more sta­ble.

“This money is go­ing to­wards health and safety for the day, not prof­its, and it’s go­ing to help us keep the event vi­able over the next few years,” he said.

Mr Cox said with hun­dreds of peo­ple at­tend­ing the pop­u­lar an­nual fundraiser, it was cru­cial vi­tal ser­vices, such as the am­bu­lance, were avail­able.

How­ever, once the money raised was tal­lied at the end of the day, and ma­jor costs taken out “there’s not a great deal that’s left over”.

He said the small Bal­lan­dean school did not have spare fund­ing for ex­tra school books and science re­sources so the P&C used prof­its raised for ed­u­ca­tional tools and sup­port.

“We try to pro­vide the fund­ing for all the ex­tra things kids would miss out on by be­ing at a small school.

“We try and help the par­ents as well by pay­ing for school ex­cur­sions and, for ex­am­ple, a sausage siz­zle last week.

“We don’t want the par­ents to have to reach into their pock­ets all year long.

“With this grant, we’re hop­ing to get ta lit­tle bit ahead so next year we’re on a bet­ter foot­ing.

“It will be a huge help.”

PHOTO: SA­MAN­THA WANTLING

The Bal­lan­dean Billy Cart Bash took place on Sun­day.

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