Division 1 and 2 to benefit from more than $26,000 in council community grants

 Local community groups in Division 1 and 2 will share in more than $26,000 in the first round of Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Community Grants Program for 2017/18.

Councillor for Division One, Brooke Savige, said the funding would assist the Rotary Club of Bribie Island Inc. and Conservation Volunteers Australia to undertake important environmental projects in the local community. 

“Council’s Community Grant funding will allow the Rotary Club of Bribie Island Inc. to assist them with their project to plant trees at Rotary Park to support Rotary International’s initiative of planting 1.2 million trees around the world,” Cr Savige said.

“For Conservation Volunteers Australia, a funding grant of more than $4000 will enable this group to undertake weed control, revegetation, marine debris clean-up and dune stabilisation along the Woorim foreshore.

“These are fantastic environmental initiatives that will surely benefit our local community into the future and help draw more visitors to Bribie Island.”

Councillor for Division Two Peter Flannery said he was excited to announce $15,000 for the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia QLD Branch Inc, as part of council’s ongoing partnership with the Queensland Government through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), which would allow the association to present a commemorative concert marking the 50th Anniversary of the Battles of Balmoral and Coral at Vietnam.

“This grant will enable the association to put together a fun-filled concert comprised of music, dance, memorial presentations, international food stalls and drink stalls at the Burpengary headquarters,” Cr Flannery said.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

The Queensland Government is contributing $2.08 million to the 2017-18 RADF partnership across 59 councils statewide.

Other Division 2 organisations to receive funding under this round of grants include:

Australian Care and Trauma Services Inc – $1569 -  for a new dishwasher, portable projector and paper shredding machine
Beachmere Area Network Group Association Inc – $2000 – for a new PA and sound system

Cr Savige and Cr Flannery congratulated all successful applicants and encouraged other community groups and individuals interested in applying for the next round of the Community Grants Program to visit council’s website for more information.

“Applications for the second round of the 2017-18 program will open on 1 February 2018,” Cr Savige said.

“Council’s grants webpage lists all the funding options available to community groups and individuals across the Moreton Bay Region, and provides information on what you need to include in your application,” Cr Flannery said.

The Community Grants Program is offered in two rounds each year, across a range of categories including facility development, community events and interest-free loans for facility improvements.

For more information on council’s Community Grants Program visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/grants