Community groups grateful after funding boosts
SIX community groups from Charleville, Morven, Augathella, Cunnamulla, Quilpie and Wyandra will receive a share of $113,160 in funding from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF).
The Charleville Queensland Country Women's Association will receive a grant of $32,970 to upgrade their facility, the Morven Race Club will be able to purchase a fridge with a grant of $2000 and the Cunnamulla Polocrosse Club will receive $6415 for new kitchen equipment.
Other funding recipients are the Augathella and District Progress Association who will receive $29,195 to purchase a barbecue trailer and the Wyandra District Progress and Recreation Association who will be able purchase equipment and install flooring with funding of $10,240.
President of Quilpie Golf Club Bruce Paulsen said the club is ecstatic after being successful for their grant of $32,340 to re-stump the clubhouse and install a shed.
"It secures a long-term future for the club and keeps our facilities up to date,” Mr Paulsen said.
"It was getting to a stage where people were saying it needed to be re-stumped, and it's best to do it now before it gets too old and we have to start from scratch.
"It's a great opportunity for the club, and part of the deal is installing a new shed where we can store our electrical buggies and our new tractor that just had to be sitting out in the sun.”
Mr Paulsen said 2019 has been one of their most successful seasons yet, with a 40 per cent increase on numbers for their open weekend in comparison to last year.
"In country areas, it always a battle to get new members to any golf club but we've put in a lot of hard work and been lucky enough to secure sponsors,” he said.
"We couldn't thank the local businesses enough for getting on board and supporting us, it's made a world of difference.
"Everything has been going really well for the club lately, and the funding is just an added bonus.”