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Council invests in community programs and events

4 November, 2021

Jandowae Kindergarten received funding as part of the Community Projects Program

Western Downs Regional Council is supporting local community groups to deliver exciting new programs and events for the region, with more than $54,000 awarded as part of the latest grants round.

Ten community groups have received funding as part of either the Community Projects Program or the Local Events Program, supporting various community driven initiatives.

Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said Council was proud to back local groups to deliver opportunities for locals to come together and be a part of the region’s active, vibrant community.

“We are a happy community, proud of where we live, and that’s largely thanks to the hard work of our local community groups who are dedicated to making the Western Downs a better place,” Cr Maguire said.

“As part of this grants round, Council has allocated a total $54,039 to various community groups as part of the two programs.

“More than $26,000 has been allocated under the Community Projects Program, which is about supporting groups to fund new or improved infrastructure for their facilities.

“Nearly $28,000 has also been allocated under the Local Events Program, which supports groups to deliver fantastic events for residents such as Christmas parties or community shows.”

Jandowae Kindergarten Director and Teacher Kelly Muller said Council’s Community Project Program enabled them to provide local kids with modern resources to support their learning and development.

“This grant will allow us to purchase a new interactive whiteboard to allow the children to access technology and engage in learning experiences using a large screen,” Mrs Muller said.

“Being in a rural area, we are sometimes limited in what we can access and offer the children and therefore an interactive white board will broaden these possibilities and opportunities.

“We are so grateful to the Western Downs Regional Council for supporting us in this venture as we know we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this outcome without their support.

“We would encourage other community groups to consider applying for this grant to support their upcoming projects. WDRC is here to support us and to ensure our region thrives and this is a wonderful way of doing so.”

Community Project Program

  • Dalby & District Swimming Club Inc. – $10,000 to purchase a mobile electronic scoreboard
  • Inglestone Sports Club & Community Centre – $10,000 to install a playground at the Sports Club and Community Centre
  • Jandowae Kindergarten Association – $3,000 to deliver its Community Connect & Group Learning Hub
  • Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association – $3,189 for its PCYC Dalby Youth Support Room

Local Events Program

  • Bell Show Society – $5,000 for the 2022 Bell Show
  • Chinchilla Community Commerce and Industry Inc. – $3,000 for the Chinchilla Town Christmas Party
  • Dalby & District Show Society – $5,000 for the Dalby & District Agricultural Show
  • Tara Futures Group – $5,000 for the Tara Community Christmas Celebrations
  • Tara Pastoral Agricultural and Horticultural Show Society – $5,000 for the Annual Tara Show 2022
  • Wandoan Show Society – $4,850 for the 2022 Wandoan Show WAGS Marquee/ Grand Champion Beast of the Show

Council offers a range of support initiatives and grants programs to empower community groups to deliver events and programs to the community.

To find out more, contact Council on 1300 268 624 (COUNCIL) or visit www.wdrc.qld.gov.au

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