The Palaszczuk Government has announced $13.3 million for 589 community groups – including $653,274 for Far North Queensland groups – in Round 93 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said community groups in the Far North Queensland region would benefit from the grants.

In the latest round announced today, Mr Pitt said groups had received funding to help improve community facilities and services that vital community groups provide.

“In the Mulgrave electorate, Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council will receive $12,953.70 to install shade sails and Gordonvale Golf Club Inc will receive $23,042 to upgrade irrigation,” Mr Pitt said.

“In Cairns, the Earlville Tennis Club Inc will also receive $35,000 to upgrade courts and Cairns Cape York Eagles AFL will receive $27,180 to install shed and purchase equipment.

“This is very exciting news. I am very happy that these groups will be receiving these funds, so they can continue the work they do in our community.”

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said these community groups were vital to the region.

“In my electorate, Cairns Pirates Touch Football Association will receive $27,880 to install irrigation system and Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Club will get $19,146 to renovate their bathroom and purchase furniture,” Mr Crawford said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is supporting vital services and sporting clubs in Far North Queensland through these grants. These groups do so much for our region, and we want to support them wherever we can.

“We recognise how vital the work is for these local groups, and that is why we contribute millions of dollars every round as part of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.”

Mr Crawford said that applications for the next round of funding close on 31 August.

“I encourage any not for profit organisation in the region to get in quickly and apply before the deadline.

They can contact my office or the Community Benefit Funds Unit to find out how they can apply for a grant.” Mr Crawford said.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said 589 not-for-profit organisations across Queensland would benefit from grants in this round.

“This fund Queensland’s single largest one-off grants program. It distributes $53 million a year to our vital community services,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“These grants are worth between $500 and $35,000, and can be applied for online.”

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A full list of successful applicants from Round 93 in Far North Queensland is listed below, by electorate.

Mulgrave: $88,769.17
• Gordonvale Golf Club Incorporated – $23,042.69
• Innisfail and District Historical Society Inc – $9,068.51
• Innisfail Horse & Pony Club Inc – $33,704.27
• Good Counsel Playgroup – $10,000
• Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council – $12,953.70

Barron River: $100,609.27
• Cairns Pirates Touch Football Assoc Inc – $27,880
• Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Club Incorporated – $19,146
• Holloways Beach Community Garden Inc – $8,115.27
• Social Justice Group – Kuranda Incorporated – $2,995
• Stratford Bowls Club Incorporated – $20,690
• University Rugby Football Club Cairns Inc – $19,458
• Yorkeys Knob Activities Group Incorporated – $2,325.00

Cairns: $286,332.92
• Cairns Athletics Inc – $33,000
• Cairns District Rugby League Referees Association Incorporated – $12,000
• Cairns Eagles Australian Football Club Inc – $27,180
• Cairns TAFE Community Child Care Centre Association Incorporated – $35,000
• Cairns Underwater Association Inc – $6,735
• Earlville Pony Club Incorporated – $34,711.92
• Edge Hill Tennis Club Incorporated – $35,000
• Jones Park Development Association Inc – $33,000
• Just Us Theatre Ensemble – $10,000
• Rugby League Fnq Masters Inc –    $10,000
• The Earlville Tennis Club Incorporated – $35,000
• Our Lady Help of Christians School (Earlville) – $8,000
• Wooden Boat Association of Cairns Inc – $6,706

Cook: $177,562.72
• Erub Erwer Meta Torres Strait Islander Corporation – $24,600
• Mareeba Historic Society Inc – $3,097
• Music Teachers and Students Of Mossman Port Douglas Inc – $35,000
• Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association Aurukun Branch – $30,000
• The Gowrie (Qld) Inc – Thursday Island Community Child Care Centre – $35,000
• St Stephen’s Catholic College Parents and Friends Association – $9,438
• Tropical North Steiner School Inc – $5,427.72
• Volunteer Marine Rescue Weipa Inc – $35,000