The Babinda Pony Club is one of 10 community organisations in Mulgrave to share in over $142,000 of grant funding from the latest rounds of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt welcomed the funds which he said provided much-needed money to groups that worked with the community.

“The Babinda Pony Club will receive $35,000 from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to construct an amenities block that also includes toilet and shower facilities for people with a disability. Currently there are no facilities at all on the Club grounds,” Mr Pitt said.

“Not only will these facilities benefit all club members and the wider community, it will also allow the club to progress with their partnership with the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).

“The club has already established an ongoing method to finance the RDA project through income earned from their recently installed solar photovoltaic inverter system which will continue to generate income indefinitely.

“In a double funding boost, the Babinda Pony Club will also receive $15,000 to purchase a tractor with funds from the Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund.

“This is a much needed financial boost with club members have previously contributed countless hours in fundraising events such as pony rides at the Babinda Harvest Festival and Innisfail Show along with other activities such as the Gordonvale Pyramid Race weekend, sausage sizzles and numerous other fundraising events.”

Mr Pitt said Far North Queensland is lucky to have organisations like Babinda Pony Club working for the community.

“Other recipients in this round in the electorate of Mulgrave are:

• Southern Suburbs Rugby League Club
• Mulgrave Little Athletics
• The Benevolent Society
• Cairns Motorcycle Club
• Innisfail Golf Club
• FNQ Tenants Advisory Group
• Cairns Concert Orchestra, and
• Johnstone TAFE and Community Children’s Centre,” Mr Pitt said.

“Most of the people involved in these organisations volunteer hours of time, dedicated to providing a service for their community,” Mr Pitt said.

“The Gambling Community Benefit Fund is an important initiative that supports the work of these not-for-profit organisations.

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

The funds provide one-off grants to not-for-profit organisations throughout Queensland. Grant allocations are announced quarterly and applications are accepted at any time.

Further information on grants is available on the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation website at

If you or a loved one is experiencing problems with gambling, please contact the Gambling Helpline on 1800 222 050, or visit

Mr Pitt is the patron of the Babinda Pony Club.