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10 June, 2021

Mackay community groups get a boost

SIX community organisations in the Mackay region are set to benefit from funding under the popular Stronger Communities Program for a range of projects, Federal MP George Christensen announced today.

Mr Christensen said an emergency accommodation provider, a sporting club and a family support service were among the groups set to benefit.

“The Stronger Communities Program provides small grants for not-for-profit groups and they enable these organisations to improve their facilities which then benefits everyone in the community they serve,” Mr Christensen said.

“This is the sixth round of the program, and once again we have had so many worthy applications.

“For example the Carinya village will upgrade electrical components such as ceiling fans, smoke alarms and power points in their cottages, and purchase a tray-back unit to help tenants move furniture. This means their cottages can be fully utilised by those in need of emergency accommodation.

“The Mackay Children’s Contact Service will replace the flooring to provide a safer environment for those needing to access their services.

“The Mad Mountain Bike Club will invest in data communication equipment which helps them undertake their Mackay Mountain Bike Classic.”

Funding recipients in the Mackay region are:

  • Carinya Rehabilitation Centre (emergency accommodation provider) – Upgrade of cottages and vehicle purchase - $18,000
  • Mackay Children’s Contact Service – Replace flooring at facility - $10,000
  • MAD Mountain Bike Club – Data communication equipment - $12,500
  • Broken Ballerina – Audio-visual equipment - $9,111

(Previously announced)

  • Calen & District War Memorial Hall – install air-conditioning - $10,405
  • Heartkids Ltd – IT upgrade - $4,400

A number of other community projects in Proserpine, Bowen, the Burdekin and Townsville regions of the electorate will also receive funding.

  • Proserpine RSL – to upgrade their kitchen - $20,000
  • Bowen Flexicare – purchase a wheelchair hoist – $17,954
  • Lower Burdekin Skiing Club – upgrade change rooms – $11,484
  • Community Radio 97.1 Sweet FM – fit out broadcast vehicle – 7,145
  • Old Boys Thai Boxing Townsville – purchase equipment – $14.000

The Stronger Communities Programme provides funding of up to $20,000 for eligible organisations, with a total of $150,000 available for projects in the electorate in Round 6. For more details go 

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