Funding boost for neighbourhood and community centres

15 February 2022

Goodna Neighbourhood House and Riverview Community Centre are among 127 groups across the state to share in a $2.54 million funding boost from the Palaszczuk Government. 

The move means more money to maintain essential services and deal with increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Member for Bundamba Lance McCallum said the local neighbourhood and community centres continued to offer important frontline support to those in need. 

“The wonderful staff and volunteers from Goodna Neighbourhood House and Riverview Community Centre are working hard to safely deliver their services and programs,” Mr McCallum said. 

“They’ve had to adapt, innovate and overcome some unprecedented challenges – supporting our local Bundamba community with commitment and determination. 

“Their efforts have been extraordinary, and in recognition of this we’re providing both groups with a one-off funding boost of $20,000.” 

Goodna Neighbourhood House Manager Luck Choummanivong said the centre had taken steps to improve its accessibility during the pandemic. 

“By installing Zoom video facilities we’ve been able to double the attendance at some of our community meetings with people attending by video from home,” Mr Choummanivong said. 

“We have also purchased a new digital sign, fronting Queen Street, to help advertise upcoming events and programs at the centre.” 

Riverview Community Centre Coordinator Christine MacDonald said the service would benefit from general office improvements after moving to a new premises in Mitchell Street late last year. 

“We will soon have a GP based here, and we want to improve the fit out and upgrade some of the basics like office furniture and reception layout,” Ms MacDonald said. 

“The $20,000 couldn’t come at a better time for us – there’s a big demand from the community and we need all the support we can get in terms of funding and donations.”