LOCAL Federal MP Warren Entsch has congratulated the Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Weipa Inc on receiving a $12,000 grant under round three of the Stronger Communities program.
Mr Entsch said it’s programs like this that can make a real difference to local groups in the way they connect and interact with community and build ties through offering better services, facilities and activities.
“The VMR Weipa project grant will be well received not only by those directly involved in putting together the applications, but also local residents who interact with them,” Mr Entsch said.
VMR Weipa representative, Mr Glenn Norris said the squadron had little opportunity to fundraise for projects, so this grant will provide critically needed funds to protect our assets.
“The funding will also provide benefits to the wider community by allowing rescue vessels to remain operational and respond to incidents in marine environments.
“The grant will also boost the morale of squadron members because the more time they can spend on the water doing training, the better they become when real life incidents occur,” Mr Norris said.
Mr Entsch said “The Federal Government grant will be matched by a dollar-for-dollar contribution from the successful proponent to complete their project.
“The VMR Weipa project is among a group of 11 Leichhardt initiatives that have received a total of nearly $150,000 in Federal Funding under round three of the Stronger Communities program. The other recipients are;
– AFL Cairns received $20,000 for its Cazaly’s Shade project
– Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association (PCYC) Cairns was awarded $8,387 for a high volume low speed fan in its gymnastic facility
– C&K Mossman Community Kindergarten will receive $10,210 to upgrade its kitchen
– St Vincent De Paul Society Queensland will use its $7,007 grant to build a training room at its Earville premises
– The Cooktown Amateur Turf Club has been awarded $15,000 for a kitchen and cold room upgrade
– The Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club will receive $20,000 to expand storage facilities for its emergency search and rescue equipment
– Port Douglas Outrigger Canoe Club will receive $20,000 to construct a clubhouse, training and storage facility
– Volunteer Marine Rescue Thursday Island will use a $7,000 grant for its Telescope project
– Torres Strait Island Regional Council has been awarded $20,000 for its Dauan Strait Run Community project
– My Space Inc has been awarded $10,000 for a dual cab ute to help youth with disabilities gain employment through Piranha Mowing
“All Leichhardt applications were assessed by a panel of community representatives from Building Active Connected Communities FNQ (BACC) and identified as projects that meet the programme’s guidelines.
“I’d like to thank the BACC team for their help with the selection process and
contribution to making Leichhardt a stronger community.