12 Mar QGC Announces Communities Fund Winners 2020
LOCAL GROUPS SHARE IN $200,000 FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Eight community groups from the Gladstone region are sharing in almost $200,000 to deliver vital community projects, through the latest round of the QGC Communities Fund. QGC congratulated and honoured all the recipients at a special breakfast event earlier this week at Café Spinnaker Park.
The investment will fund upgrades to community hubs, improvements to local sports grounds and additional support services for at-risk young people in the region, from Tannum Sands to Builyan, Calliope to Wartburg. Since 2015, the QGC Communities Fund has provided $1.5 million to more than 50 grassroots projects across the region.
Young People Making a Difference (MAD) is among this year’s recipients. MAD is not-for-profit organisation bridging the gap in support services and working on suicide prevention for at-risk youths across the Gladstone region. Program coordinator Benjamin Lodewikus said the group decided to apply after seeing other not-for-profit’s from Tannum Sands, such as Tanyalla and Boyne Tannum Men’s Shed, secure Communities Fund grants. Up until now, MAD has relied entirely on donations from community members to keep the program going.
“It’s a big deal for us. Rather than battling to raise funds, we’ve now got certainty for at least the year ahead, which is awesome,” Benjamin said.
“We’re helping about 100 kids every year… hopefully, through this, we can get more exposure, get into a few more backyards and get even bigger.”
Shell’s QGC business LNG plant manager, Peter Norman, said it was exciting to see the annual grants make such a difference to local, not-for-profit groups and the communities they support.
“These grants effectively help fast-track these projects. Groups often tell us how they save weeks and months, which would otherwise be spent running sausage sizzles and raffles, and get straight to making a difference, whether that’s supporting at-risk youth, providing safer emergency facilities or reducing the running costs of the community hall.
“Our team, the majority of whom are locals themselves, are humbled to be able to help these community champions deliver projects that make a real difference to the region,” Peter said.
Congratulations to the recipient groups.
Their projects are:
- Builyan Many Peaks Community Development Assn. – Emergency community generator for Builyan Hall
- Wartburg Rural Fire Brigade – Purchase of brigade support vehicle
- Gladstone Central Committee on the Ageing – Kendrick Hall – Improvements including air conditioning and solar panels
- Tannum Sands State High School – Purchase of programmable robotics systems, drone kits and electronics kits as part of the STEM curriculum, and school choral risers for school and community events
- Young People Making a Difference – Youth Suicide Prevention Program
- Camp Akuna Pikes Crossing – Refurbishment of a community hall, including solar panels to reduce running costs
- Gladstone Thistle Pipe Band Inc. – Purchase of new percussion instruments
- Calliope Football Club INC – Commencement of a fully automated irrigation system at Liz Cunningham Park
The next round of the QGC Communities Fund will open to local not-for-profit groups in mid-2020. Details and dates will be advertised.
For further information about the QGC Communities Fund, please visit: www.shell.com.au/qgc-communities-fund