Ipswich groups share $400,000 from benefit fund

03 August 2020

A new car, bus and musical instruments are just some purchases Ipswich community groups will make thanks to the latest round of the Palaszczuk Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

Member for Bundamba Lance McCallum said more than $402,000 would be shared between 19 groups across the region.

“The Gambling Community Benefit Fund is a real lifeline for hundreds of community and sporting groups, as well as local councils,” Mr McCallum said.

“Locally, YMCA’s Bremer Youth Space has nearly $10,000 worth of instruments and studio furniture on the way.

“Goodna-based Queensland Youth and Families Support Services has also secured a $30,000 grant to purchase a bus, which I know will be put to good use.”

Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said it was wonderful to once again see community groups reap the rewards of the popular program.

“As we start to deliver Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, I’m really pleased so many groups and causes in Ipswich are benefiting,” Ms Howard said.

“We will deliver a $31,000 makeover for the Moreton Scouts hall – the new-look venue will be the envy of the Australian scout community.

“I’m also looking forward to seeing what the Rotary Club can achieve with $27,000 to install an interactive wall wrap at Ipswich Hospital.

“In addition, this funding round will allow our beloved Ipswich Hospice Care to purchase a much-needed car.”

Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden said Autism Queensland had secured $20,000 for upgrades at its supported independent living complex in Brassall.

“A washing machine, air-conditioner and new furniture are being crossed off the wish list for those who call Brassall House home,” Mr Madden said.

“Elsewhere, Marburg State School has one of the hardest working P&C groups in the state.

“I know how much a new playground will mean for the entire school community, and thanks to a $35,000 grant, that will become a reality.”

The latest round of funding will provide $14.6 million to 586 groups across the state.

Round 106 applications are open here.