Fraser Coast community groups have shared in grants totalling almost $24,700 as Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien recognises the valuable work of volunteers.
Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will be provided through a $20 million Volunteer Grants program to help 34 Wide Bay community organisations with needs including buying equipment, commercial equipment and training volunteers.
Six of the organisations in Wide Bay receiving grants today are:
- Maryborough Softball Association - $4,800.00 towards a new commercial drinks refrigerator, and training courses in governance, child safety and the technical aspects of softball.
- Incas Softball Club - $2,100.00 towards equipment and training for teams and coaches.
- Maryborough Excelsior City Band - $5,000.00 towards a food van and generator to assist with fundraising.
- Maisie Kaufmann Learning Centre - $2,883.00 for equipment including a laptop and television to assist with a literacy and numeracy class.
- Maryborough Chamber of Commerce - $4,911.00 for four laptops, software and a printer to aid in organisation of the Fraser Coast Technology Challenge.
- Lions Club of Glenwood & District - $4,980.00 towards a storage container for the club's bookstore.
"These Fraser Coast organisations are invaluable to the local community and they simply could not operate without the assistance of volunteers," Mr O'Brien said.
"The energy, expertise and time our volunteers give represents what Australian communities are all about – offering a helping hand.
"I am glad to be able to extend a helping hand in return with this funding from the Coalition Government so they can continue their work and build a stronger, safer community."
Mr O'Brien said volunteering also had a significant economic benefit to local communities.
"The enormous value of volunteering is estimated at $290 billion per year. Australia's 8.7 million volunteers and their organisations are the backbone of community life," he said.
"The Morrison Government's strong economic management is why we can afford to provide the essential services Australians rely on and support the good work of our volunteers."