Guidelines released for Round 3 of the Stronger Communities Programme

THERE’S great news for community groups, not?for?profits and local government organisations with guidelines for Round 3 of the Australian Government’s Stronger Communities Programme being released this week. The programme is again providing $150,000 to fund small capital projects, with grants ranging between $2,500 and $20,000 that deliver social benefits to Far North Queensland. Leichhardt MP…

The Junction Clubhouse Changing Lives Project

Bright and early on Saturday morning, I will be farewelling a group of local cyclists as they embark on a 780-kilometre Cairns to Karumba bike ride adventure. This is no ordinary bike ride; it is over seven days. The team traverse some incredibly challenging country, riding between 78 and 151 kilometres a day to raise…

Kitchen to serve up benefits to Cairns community

• The Junction Clubhouse Kitchen refurbishment is now complete • New kitchen facilities will provide hospitality training for members and catering services to the community • The Coalition Government invested $60,000 The community of Cairns today celebrated the opening of the newly refurbished Junction Clubhouse Kitchen in Parramatta Park. Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash…

Local Drug Action Team applications now open

THE second round of applications are now open for local organisations to join the Coalition Government’s Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program. Community groups across Australia are joining forces to deliver targeted local action to help tackle drug use and addiction, with the Torres Strait recently announced as one of the first 40 successful locations…

UN envoy highlights multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in PNG

The world’s top tuberculosis (TB) official, UN Special Envoy Dr Eric Goosby, arrives in Australia today to highlight the urgent threat posed by multi-drug resistant tuberculosis on Australia’s doorstep, in southern Papua New Guinea. Dr Goosby will meet a host of Australian decision-makers, academics and clinicians while in Australia before travelling to the Torres Strait.…