[singlepic id=418 w=320 h=240 float=left] Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt today announced the Babinda Boxing Club would receive a State Government grant of $9,470 for the purchase of a much needed trailer.

Mr Pitt said the organisation was among 13 groups in the Mulgrave Electorate to receive a financial helping hand from the Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund and the Gambling Community Benefit Fund worth $159,587.

“Babinda is lucky to have a local organisation like this, run by volunteers to provide young people in the Babinda area with boxing skills,” Mr Pitt said.

“We already have a rising star in Broughton Worth – who knows, we may see an Olympic or Commonwealth Games champion in the making.”

Eric Norman from the Babinda Boxing Club said the old trailer was purchased second-hand about 25 years ago and had seen better days.

“The old trailer served us well carting our portable boxing ring as far afield as Richmond, Hughenden and Hopevale,” Mr Norman said.

“With the new trailer we plan to cover the venues between Ingham and Mareeba.

Mr Pitt said the Gambling Community Benefit Fund allows the State Government to support the important work of not-for-profit organisations.

“Through grant funding organisations are able to provide services to help educate people, to enhance community safety and to improve sport and leisure activities and opportunities for those who might not otherwise have them.

“This is just one of the ways the State Government returns taxes from gambling activities to the community.”

To apply for the program, visit www.olgr.qld.gov.au and click on grants.