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Easternwell supports Central Queensland (Emerald)

Emerald Neighborhood Centre has received grant funding from Easternwell, one of Australia’s leading drilling and well servicing company and subsidiary of Transfield Services, in recognition of its valued contribution to the region.

The not-for-profit community centre received $2,000 through the latest round of Easternwell’s community grants program to launch its Indigenous pathway program, Growing Tomorrow - a program aimed at inspiring and supporting Indigenous students to complete their schooling and make an effective transition to further education and employment.

Emerald Neighborhood Centre’s Director, Sherie McDonald, said “The program’s core focus is to grow and develop the employable skills of our young Indigenous community members to assist them in the transition towards economic independence.

“Students will be employed as a School based trainee and will complete a Certificate III in Business over three years. Students will be encouraged to finish their Year 12 Certificate, connect with community groups within their region and participate in social activities.

“The program will also deliver financial and social relief to the families and will encourage other Indigenous families to engage with the support services offered at the Emerald Neighborhood Centre.”

Since the launch of the grass-roots initiative in 2011, Easternwell has provided over $9,000 to six groups throughout Central Queensland.

Easternwell’s Chief Operating Officer, Tim Phelan, said “the grants program was designed to shine a light on the groups and associations that are making a difference in their community, but are in need of a helping hand.

“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 these communities.

“Over the years we have provided grant funding to more than 110 groups throughout Australia which has enabled them to grow their services to benefit the wider community.”

Applications for the Easternwell Community Grants Program are assessed twice a year and must be received before 14 September 2014. Eligible groups may apply for funding up to $2,000.

For more information on Easternwell’s community grants program visit www.easternwell.com.au/communitygrants

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