Easternwell grants program supports Surat Basin community groups

Community groups in the Surat Basin region have received more than $12,500 through the latest round of community grants from Easternwell, a subsidiary of Broadspectrum.

Much needed funds are going to a variety of groups including Wandoan Community Commerce and Industry, St George Community Men’s Shed, Jandowae Pony Club, South West Indigenous Networks, Chinchilla Community Centre, Chinchilla Squash Club and Roughlie Community Centre.

South West Indigenous Networks received a grant for their Western Rivers Cup cricket carnival.

Cup Coordinator, Kieren Gibbs said, “Our organisation provides leadership, guidance and support to the Indigenous communities of South West Queensland through sport, physical activities and recreation. The Western Rivers Cup is South West Queensland’s only Indigenous regional cricket carnival encouraging men, women and their families to be active and healthy while enjoying a good yarn with friends, fellow competitors and spectators.”

Another local recipient who received a grant was St George Community Men’s Shed who purchased tools and equipment.

President Keith Codrington said “Our men’s shed supports the overall health of men in our community. The grant from Easternwell has helped us expand our tools and equipment for all members.”

Further demonstrating Easternwell’s commitment to the Surat Basin region, Roughlie Community Centre said that the grant was used to purchase tables and chairs.

Projects and Grants Coordinator, Lexene Spreadborough said, “Our community centre is an important venue used for a range of community events which improve the social, economic and general wellbeing of residents including hosting social evenings, family Christmas parties, Australia Day events, Rural Fire Brigade meetings and mother & children activity mornings.”

Since the launch of the grass roots initiative in 2011, Easternwell has provided more than $123,500 to 73 groups in the Surat Basin region.

Easternwell’s Executive General Manager, Tim Phelan, said the program was specifically 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.”

“Easternwell is focused on supporting the regions where we conduct business 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 2019. Eligible groups may apply for funding of up to $2,000. For more information visit www.easternwell.com.au/communitygrants

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