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5 October 2017

Grants program supports Toowoomba community groups

Community groups in the Toowoomba region have received more than $12,000 through the latest round of community grants from Easternwell, a subsidiary of Broadspectrum.

Much needed funds are going to a variety of groups including Oakey State High School P & C
Association, Variety The Children’s Charity, Little Miracles Community Kindergarten, Stuart Street Kindergarten, The Heights Community Centre, Southwest Queensland Emus and North Toowoomba Ladies Bowling Club.

Centre Coordinator of the Heights Community Centre, Kaye Lindsay said the grant was used to purchase a deep chest freezer for emergency relief food supplies.

“As a not-for-profit organisation we provide support and referrals to a community that has a number of social, cultural and economic challenges. The centre receives weekly deliveries of bread, fruit and vegetables which are made available to the community at no cost. The deep chest freezer will help to preserve these items and meals prepared from these items for individuals and families in an emergency crisis situation.”

Oakey State High School was another local recipient who received a grant to purchase saucepans and frypans for the school’s Home Economic and Hospitality classes.

President of Oakey State High School P & C Association Craig Federoff said, “All students will benefit from the new equipment as they learn basic cooking skills in their daily classroom lessons. The saucepans and frypans will also be used by our hospitality students to cook for functions hosted as part of their assessments for Certificate 3 in Hospitality.”

Further demonstrating Easternwell’s commitment to the Toowoomba region, Sandy McLaren from Little Miracles Community Kindergarten said their grant was used to purchase educational resources for their early literacy and numeracy program.

“All educators will be involved in planning, implementing and evaluating early numeracy and literacy experiences with the resources being particularly important in preparing our Kindergarten children for Prep.”

Easternwell’s Executive General Manager, Tim Phelan, said the program was developed to provide much needed support to local organisations that do so much in our communities.

“There are countless community groups in the areas where we operate who provide important services to their communities.”

“Easternwell is passionate about supporting the regions where we conduct business and our grants program is one of the ways we are creating lasting benefits for communities.”

Since the launch of the grass roots initiative in 2011, Easternwell has provided more than $100,000 to 70 groups in the Toowoomba region, and more than $320,000 to 201 community groups that support activities in the areas of education, health, indigenous, safety and youth.

The next round of Easternwell Community Grants opens June 2018. Eligible groups may apply for funding of up to $2,000. For more information visit www.easternwell.com.au/communitygrants

Easternwell is a subsidiary of Broadspectrum, specialising in providing drilling, well servicing and remote camp management services to the mining, oil and gas industries. The company’s depth of expertise, experience and capability enables it to deliver a full service offering to clients, including logistics and facilities management, consulting, construction, care and welfare, operations and maintenance and business support services. The group’s capability is further enhanced as part of the multinational infrastructure operator and municipal services company, Ferrovial and access to its global innovations. Find out more at: www.easternwell.com.au | www.broadspectrum.com | www.ferrovial.com/en