The federal government has committed $150,000 to fund 10 grassroots community-based projects across Far North Queensland.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today announced the successful community-based projects to be funded under the government’s highly-successful Stronger Communities Programme.
“This is one of my favourite government programs because it focuses on community-based organisations,” Mr Entsch said.
“The 10 successful projects will bring people together, strengthen social connections, build community participation and continue to create vibrant and viable communities.
“Our communities are the beating heart of Far North Queensland and the investment in these 10 local projects is about invigorating these communities and ensuring their continued success.”
Mr Entsch said the 10 successful projects would make a huge difference in their respective communities.
“I have met with several successful organisations and I know for an absolute fact they do fantastic work in their respective communities,” he said.
“It is really great to see the vast range of projects being funded and we are extremely fortunate to have these organisations in our community.”
The Stronger Communities Programme is aimed at projects that deliver social benefits as part of the federal government’s continuing commitment to strengthen communities across Far North Queensland.
Each electorate nationwide received $150,000 to allocate towards community-based projects.
Grants values ranged from $2,500 to $20,000.
Successful applicants were required to demonstrate matched funding for the project.
Successful Stronger Communities Recipients:
- Cairns Mountain Bike Club: $7568 towards the construction of a new mountain bike trial at Smithfield MTB Park.
- Laura District Rodeo and Camp Draft Association: $20,000 towards the installation of permanent security fencing at Laura Rodeo Grounds.
- Weipa Community Care Association: $20,000 towards upgrades of community hub where members, especially those who are disengaged or at risk of abuse, trauma, homelessness and substance abuse, can access services in a safe and secure area.
- St Vincent de Paul Society: $20,000 towards upgrades at the Family Support Centre in Manunda to enhance facilities for staff, volunteers and community members.
- Kuranda Men’s Shed: $7500 towards the installation of toilet facilities and septic system.
- MJD Foundation: $20,000 towards the purchase of a wheelchair accessible vehicle to enable the foundation to provide safe, reliable and dedicated transport to people in Cairns living with Machado-Joseph Disease.
- Far North Community College: $7658 towards the purchase of vital equipment and training aids for at-home carers.
- Cape York Folk Club: $20,000 towards the upgrade of permanent infrastructure at festival site including stages, storage containers and amenities.
- Catholic Diocese of Cairns: $20,000 towards the installation of permanent roofing over existing pathways at St Joseph’s Primary School to help improve public and disability access to the school hall and other amenities.
- Cairns Hockey Association: $7250 towards the purchase of a minibus to assist transporting Aspie to be Deadly