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Grant program supports local community projects

Community groups in the Surat Basin and Toowoomba regions have received close to $20,000 through the latest round of community grants from Easternwell.

Much needed funds are going to Drought Angels, Jandowae Kindergarten Association, Miles State High School P & C, Chinchilla Community Commerce & Industry, Maranoa Basketball Association, Dalby Crisis Support Association, Chinchilla Community Centre, Wilsonton State School P & C, Koala, Land & Wildlife Support, Toowoomba Valleys Rugby League Club, Darling Downs Hear & Say Centre for Deaf Children and Willowburn Football Club.

Wilsonton State School P & C President, Kirstie Knudsen is delighted they were able to purchase backpacks, uniforms and stationery to allow equal access to learning resources to all students at their school.

“Our goal is to provide students with a backpack of essential educational resources for school. It reduces the stress and financial burden on families within our community.”

Additionally, the Hear and Say Darling Downs Centre is another local recipient who received a grant to purchase clinical resources, toys and equipment.

“Our programs deliver speech, language, social and other health development outcomes for children with hearing loss across the Darling Downs. This generous grant from Easternwell will have a direct impact for our families by helping Hear and Say to rejuvenate our clinical resource library and enable the purchase of vibrant new resources that will stimulate children’s learning,” said Hear and Say Chief Executive Officer, Chris McCarthy.

Further demonstrating Easternwell’s commitment to the community, Naomi Black from Jandowae Kindergarten said their grant purchased a greenhouse and gravel for inside the greenhouse.

“We are focused on teaching children about sustainable living and caring for our environment. Our new greenhouse allows us to grow fruit and vegetables and maintain a worm farm and compost to support the learning of valuable life skills.”

Since the launch of the grass roots initiative in 2011, Easternwell has provided more than $420,000 to 260 community groups that provide activities in the areas of education, health, Indigenous support, safety and youth.

Ventia’s Executive General Manager for Resources & Industrial, 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, clubs and associations in our operating areas who provide important services to their communities.”

“We are focused on building the regional strength of our communities and our grants program is one of the ways we are creating lasting benefits for community members who count on the vital support of these organisations in their day-to-day lives.”

The next round of Easternwell Community Grants opens June 2021. Eligible groups may apply for funding of up to $2,000. For more information visit www.easternwell.com.au/communitygrants

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