Five Local Groups Share In $200,000 For Community Projects

Five Local Groups Share In $200,000 For Community Projects

Shell’s QGC Communities Fund has supplied five local community groups from across the Gladstone Region with a shared $200,000 of funding to deliver vital projects across the region.

 

The grants will fund upgrades to several different local programs which will improve the lives of hundreds of Gladstone Region residents. These include upgrades to community hubs and sporting grounds, improvements to local sports clubs and a program which is helping address domestic and family violence.

One of this year’s recipient group’s is Gladstone Women’s Health Centre (GWHC). GWHC Director Patricia Lisle said that the grant will fund the extension of the Men’s Education Network (MENs), which is included in a suite of programs that aim to help address domestic and family violence in the region.

“It’s helping us to provide a safe network of support for men to address abusive behaviour by focusing on negative behaviours, family breakdown and the judicial system, while improving the safety and wellbeing of women and families,” Ms Lisle said.

“The program’s focus is to increase men’s understanding about the impact of their behaviours on others and enable strong social networks that support positive behaviours. In turn, the outcome is that men will be more productive, positive and effect people; and better fathers, husbands and partners.”

Shell’s QGC business LNG Asset Manager Krishna Venkatesan said the annual Communities Fund grants help volunteer-led, not-for-profit groups deliver programs and projects that make a difference to the community.

‘For groups such as these, raising funds takes an enormous amount of time and effort by people who volunteer on top of their work and family commitments. The Shell’s QGC Communities Fund grants give grassroots community groups a helping hand to fast-track projects, for the benefit of the wider community,” Mr Venkatesan said.

‘This means our locals have access to improved facilities and more opportunities to take active roles in building a safer community.

“Our shell QGC team, the majority of whom are locals and many of whom volunteer themselves, are humbled to play a small part in helping these community championships make a real difference to our region,” Mr Venkatesan said.

This year was also the first time that joint applications were submitted to the program, which encouraged collaboration between local groups.

Calliope Rodeo Association and the Rotary Club of Calliope successfully applied for funds to complete major upgrades at the Chapman Park Grounds, a central venue for events in the Calliope community. The project will include the construction of a new five-bay shed, electrical work and the instillation of solar power.

The five recipients of Shell’s QGC Communities Fund are The Calliope Rodeo Association Inc and Rotary Club of Calliope, Gladstone Women’s Health Centre, Gladstone Gymnastics Club Inc, and the Boyne Tannum Football Club Inc.

Shell’s QGC Communities Fund is supported by its joint venture partners Tokyo Gas and CNOOC, contributing to strong, liveable communities across the Western Downs and Gladstone Regions.