Community groups in the Cairns and Cassowary Coast Regional Council areas today received a boost in funding as part of Powerlink Queensland’s $106,000 Innisfail to Edmonton Community Benefits Program, Member for Mulgrave, Curtis Pitt announced.

“Seventeen community groups have shared in around $106,000 of funding to enable them to undertake worthwhile community projects in the area, including constructing a storage shed at the Babinda Community Kindergarten, re-roofing the Queensland Country Women’s Association hall at Deeral, purchasing a fridge and freezer for the Etty Bay Surf Lifesaving clubhouse, and establishing a natural resource management library for the Russell Landcare group,” Mr Pitt said.

Curtis Pitt with Fran Lindsay and Myra Jensen (QAS) and Walter Threlfall (Powerlink)

Curtis Pitt with Fran Lindsay and Myra Jensen (QAS) and Walter Threlfall (Powerlink)

“Powerlink’s Community Benefits Program aims to provide tangible and lasting benefits to local communities near new transmission lines. It is good to see a corporation like Powerlink pro-actively building partnerships with important community groups and giving back to the communities where it operates,” he said.

Powerlink Chief Executive Gordon Jardine said Powerlink aimed to partner with local community groups to deliver benefits to communities near new transmission lines.

“Powerlink has nearly completed a project to replace its Innisfail to Edmonton transmission line, which was more than 50 years old, to ensure a reliable supply of high voltage electricity continues to be maintained to Far North Queensland,” Mr Jardine said.

“The construction of the replacement transmission line is well-advanced, and is expected to be completed in the coming days, with the project due to be commissioned in the third quarter of this year.  Removal of the old line is also well-progressed.

“Our Community Benefits Program aims to ensure that the communities near this replacement transmission line benefit not only from a more secure supply of high voltage electricity, but from improved services and facilities in the region. It is important to Powerlink that we leave a positive legacy in the communities where we have infrastructure.

“The Community Benefits Program funding is separate, and in addition to the compensation paid to property owners directly affected by the transmission line project,” Mr Jardine said.

The projects which comprise the Innisfail to Edmonton Community Benefits Program are as follows:

  • Royal Life Saving Society – Purchasing a set of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) mannequins ($9,201)
  • Lions Club of Gordonvale – Purchasing a computer and printer for the Club ($2,624)
  • Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) – Re-roofing QCWA hall in Deeral ($10,274)
  • Russell Landcare and Catchment Group – Establishing a Natural Resource Management library in Babinda ($7,446)
  • Babinda District Community Association – Erecting a covered walkway above the wheelchair access ramp at the Spirit of Babinda Hall ($6,484)
  • Edmonton Local Ambulance – Purchasing a portable PA system ($1,818)
  • Babinda Community Kindergarten – Constructing a storage shed ($14,627)
  • Mulgrave Community Baptist Church – Installing a crèche shade cover ($9,970)
  • Gordonvale Pony Club – Purchasing equestrian equipment ($4,475)
  • Aloomba State School P&C – Air-conditioning the school’s Community Room ($14,091)
  • Cairns Volleyball Association – Purchasing portable shade shelters for beach volleyball events ($1,893)
  • Pyramid Power Junior AFL Club – Purchasing a canteen fridge ($4,835)
  • Innisfail Tigers Soccer Club – Connecting electricity and installing lights and power points in the Club’s equipment shed ($5,714)
  • Mundoo State School P&C – Refurbishing a forest learning area in the school ($3,596)
  • Innisfail United Football Club – Upgrading the club’s kitchen hot food display facilities ($2,108)
  • Past Brothers Rugby League Club – Purchasing sporting equipment ($4,11)
  • Etty Bay Surf Life Saving Club – Purchasing fridge and freezer for clubhouse ($2,368)