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Community groups in Chinchilla and Dalby lend environment a helping hand with Enviro Grants

9 February 2016

[L-R] President Chinchilla Lions Club Lindsay Marsden, Cr Greg Olm, and Managing Director Iolar Operational Services Patrick Navin.

[L-R] President Chinchilla Lions Club Lindsay Marsden, Cr Greg Olm, and Managing Director Iolar Operational Services Patrick Navin.

[L-R] Geoff McIntyre and Leith Tebbit, Dalby Men's Shed; Malcolm Irvine, Waminda Services; Russell Duncan, Kaimkillenbun Hall Committee; Cr Greg Olm; Michael Grant, Western Downs Regional Council; Kristen Bradford and David Fairly, JJ Richards & Sons.

[L-R] Geoff McIntyre and Leith Tebbit, Dalby Men’s Shed; Malcolm Irvine, Waminda Services; Russell Duncan, Kaimkillenbun Hall Committee; Cr Greg Olm; Michael Grant, Western Downs Regional Council; Kristen Bradford and David Fairly, JJ Richards & Sons.

Community groups in Chinchilla, Dalby and surrounding areas are set to deliver a number of projects to help improve and benefit our local environment thanks to Western Downs Regional Council’s ‘The Recycling Market Enviro Grants’ Program.

The Program which is run in partnership with waste contractors Iolar Operational Services Pty Ltd, and JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd, reinvests some of the profits from The Recycling Market at the Chinchilla, and Dalby Waste and Recycling Centres into supporting community groups and organisations in these districts.

The successful recipients were notified and grants released in December 2015, with Council Spokesperson for Environmental Health Councillor Greg Olm, JJ Richards & Sons Western Downs Landfills / Transfer Stations Manager David Fairly, and Iolar Operational Services Managing Director Patrick Navin officially congratulating applicants in January.

The successful recipient of the first round of the Enviro Grants Program for the Chinchilla area:

  • Chinchilla Lions Club — has received $3,000 to complete the fencing project at Lions Park, which will extend the boundary fence and replace the entry gates along Gormley Road to improve the environmental wellbeing of visitors, residents, and families using the park.

The successful recipients of the third round of the Enviro Grants Program for the Dalby area:

  • Dalby Men’s Shed — has received $934 to go towards the purchase of portable workshop equipment required to facilitate more recycling of used timber, metal, and other materials for the projects undertaken by the volunteers at the Shed.
  • Kaimkillenbun Hall Committee — has received $2,490 to go towards the purchase and installation of a new 5,000 gallon poly tank to capture rain water to assist in the maintenance of the current Hall gardens, and support the development of additional gardens for the beautification of the grounds.
  • Waminda Services — has received $2,701 to help improve and increase the water supply to garden areas at provided housing for their disabled residents through the installation of a new tank, pump and garden bed.

Cr Greg Olm said the Enviro Grants Program aims to support not-for-profit community groups to deliver projects that will make a positive and ongoing contribution to the environment.

“We’ve had great success with our Enviro Grants Program with this round marking the first time community groups in Chinchilla and district were able to apply for funding following the opening of Chinchilla’s The Recycling Market,” he said.

“This round of funding has provided a number of our dedicated community groups a helping hand to deliver environmentally sustainable projects that not only help improve their services, but support the future growth of our communities.

“It is hoped that with the recent opening of the Miles Waste and Recycling Centre that a similar Enviro Grants program for community groups in the Miles district can be introduced in future rounds.”

For more information about the Envrio Grants program, call Council on 1300 COUNCIL or visit Council’s Environmental  Grants webpage.

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