Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt has congratulated Innisfail State College P&C on securing $34,243 from the latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to build a new playground.

“The funds will be used to purchase and construct playground equipment especially suited to junior secondary students,” Mr Pitt said.

“With the introduction of Year seven into the college from 2015, the P&C believed the College needed to provide specialised lunchtime resources for the newest group of students.”

Principal Kate MacDonald said she was excited about the extra opportunities it will provide for younger students.

“A playground designed to physically challenge students aged 11–13 years will be installed in an area to be set aside exclusively for the use of these students,” Mrs MacDonald said.

[singlepic id=576 w=320 h=240 float=left] “Of course, the college operates numerous lunchtime clubs and activities which will welcome Junior Secondary student participation. In recent years these have included a wide range of pursuits including lunchtime sports competitions in futsal, handball, basketball as well as chess challenges and board games in the library.

“We have also run a Forensics Science Club and art and music teachers offer hands-on creative opportunities, too. Our staff volunteer their time at lunch breaks to provide fun and educational activities for all our students.

“We are indebted to P&C President Mr Les Moule and the Committee for their untiring support for our students.”

Other local recipients include Innisfail PCYC which was granted $19,025 for building approvals to extend the facility and Mirriwinni State School P&C $24,712 to supply a roof and construct a sand pit.

Mr Pitt said the grant allocations for this round take the total funding provided to not-for-profit organisations to over $606 million with more than 44,500 applications funded since 1994.

“The Gambling Community Benefit Fund is an important initiative that supports the work of these not- for-profit organisations and I urge all community groups to apply for these grants.

“Grant allocations are announced quarterly and applications are accepted at any time.

“Further information on Gambling Community Benefit Fund grants is available on the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation website at

Mr Pitt said his office has set up a Facebook page that details many other grants that are available to community organisations.

“These grants can provide funding for equipment, infrastructure, training, and sign on days and are another way to raise funds in addition to traditional cent sales, sausage sizzles and car-washes.

“If you belong to an organisation or sporting club I urge you to visit the page to see what you may be eligible for by going to

“The Facebook page is being constantly updated as we become aware of more grants. If you know of any grants not listed please, contact my office on 4056 3175 so we can add the information.”