Local community groups have received more than $43,000 in the latest round of Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund grants, Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt announced today.

The fund offers grants of up to $25,000 to assist not-for-profit community based groups and organisations.

“These grants are always a welcomed addition for community groups in Far North Queensland,” Mr Pitt said.

“It is vital that the four community benefit funds continue to contribute to local projects that develop or assist the Queensland community.

Secretary of the Pyramid Power Junior AFL Club, Marie Floyd, thanked the Queensland Government for the $5,500 funding which will be used to purchase two shade structures.

“Our home ground is still quite new and it’s pretty much devoid of trees, so this is a great acquisition for the club,” Mrs Floyd said.

Lisa Tanner from the Gordonvale Pony Club said it was ‘marvellous news’.

“We’ve got an old fridge that rattles and chews up the electricity. To get a modern fridge will really help out our club and improve the venue for the community and the children,” Ms Tanner said.

Mr Pitt said a new and innovative online grants management system to help not-for-profit community organisations keep track of their funding applications had been launched by the State Government.

“Community groups are now able to lodge their funding applications online – cutting down red tape and reducing paper use,” Mr Pitt said.

“The new web-based system will make applying for funding less onerous.”

Since the inception of the Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund, over $5.6 million has been provided to more than 1,180 community projects.

To apply for community benefit fund grants, visit the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation’s website at www.olgr.qld.gov.au/grants

Applications for the next funding round opened on 1 November 2009.

Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund recipients

  • Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation (Babinda Hospital) – $11,124 to purchase six flat screen televisions with nurse call
  • Autism Queensland – $9,643 to purchase multi-sensory equipment
  • Pyramid Power Junior AFL Club – $5,500 to purchase two shade structures
  • The Scout Association of Aust. QLD Branch Inc (Barrabadeen Campsite) – $5,455 to purchase water tank and fire fighting equipment
  • The Lions Club Of Edmonton – $4,865 to refurbish catering van
  • Gordonvale Pony Club Equestrian Centre – $3,395 to purchase double door refrigerator
  • Hmong Federation National Culture – $3,000 to purchase two computers
  • Innisfail Community Band – $1,000 to purchase sheet music.

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