Caring for our Community

Local community groups rewarded for caring, Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett has welcomed a funding boost for local community groups under the Caring for our Community Initiative.

Mr Bennett said the Caring for our Community Initiative aims to assist community organisations and volunteer groups to purchase essential equipment to continue their support of Queensland communities.

He said six eligible community groups in the Burnett had received a grand total of $28,150 to share, including Agnes Water’s Baptist Church and the Discovery Coast Sport and Recreation Association.

“It’s great to see these truly deserving local groups recognised for the work they do in the community. It’s a real credit to them,” Mr Bennett said.

“I’m absolutely delighted to congratulate the local Baptist Church on their successful grant of $7,830.

“It’s my understanding there’s a lack of facilities for the youth membership, so the church will be using these much-needed funds to purchase sporting equipment.”

Pastor Adrian Iles said the church community was thrilled to hear they would be receiving the one-off funds.

“The whole church burst into applause when I announced it during a Sunday service… we were so excited,” he said.

“We have a growing youth membership now with the high school, but we haven’t been able to meet their needs.

“This is a very welcome gesture and support so we can get some equipment installed and get the youth positively involved and engaged.”

Mr Bennett said he was also pleased to see the Discovery Coast Sport and Recreation Association would receive almost $5,000 from the initiative.

“Congratulations to the Discovery Coast Sport and Recreation Association. They will be using the funds to improve kitchen facilities at the sport and rec club, for benefit of the club, their volunteers and the community.”

Other successful organisations within the Burnett electorate include:
Rosedale State School P&C Assoc, $5,000, to purchase a BBQ and building materials
Volunteer Marine Rescue Bundaberg, $3,600, to purchase a defibrillator
Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club, $5,000, for a new kitchen upgrade
Queensland Wildlife Carers and Volunteers Association, $2,000, to purchase aviaries.