Three essential local organisations received some good news this week and it’s all thanks to the Gladstone Foundation. The fourth round of grant funding closed in June this year and the Foundation received 10 expressions of interest requesting $8.2 million in support. Unfortunately not all the requests could be fulfilled with only just over half the requested amount available for distribution this round. The three organisations whose submissions were successful are Central Queensland University (CQU), Salvation Army (QLD) Property Trust and Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland Ltd.
CQU will develop the Gladstone Foundation Health and Wellness Education Facility at the Gladstone Campus which will offer educational and training facilities to health students and the existing health professionals in the community.
The Salvation Army (Qld) Property Trust (SAQPT) will construct an integrated Communities Facilities Centre, which will include a Community Centre, a Child and Family Centre and an Allied Health Centre, within the Integrated Health Precinct, Philip Street, West Gladstone.
Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland Ltd (MHACC) will construct a Mental Health Service Centre in Gladstone.
“The Foundation is proud to be able to support the needs of Gladstone Communities through the provision of these grants,” said Mr Tim Griffin OAM, Chair of the Board of Advice for the Gladstone Foundation.
The Gladstone Foundation, established in February 2011, manages voluntary contributions paid into a trust by liquefied natural gas companies. The Foundation aims to ensure there is sufficient social infrastructure to meet the needs of the region’s growing populations, enhance the liveability and help build more stable workforces.
On Monday, 12th of December, representatives from each of the organisations were presented with their cheques from the Chair of the Board of Advice for the Gladstone Foundation, Tim Griffin OAM.
In related news…
Gladstone Community Linking Agency (GCLA) who were successful in securing funding in the third round of grants from the Gladstone Foundation in 2015 just brought the perfect house for their newest respite facility.
Tracey Alexander, CEO of GCLA, Laurie Ellis, Operations Manager of GCLA and Kate Dufty, Vice-President Management Committee GCLA were greeted by Derran Corke of Ray White to pick up the keys last week!