$800k boost to keep Queensland communities thriving
BALONNE, Blackall and Tambo will benefit from the $800,000 second round of the Queensland Government's Thriving Queensland Community grants.
Care Balonne Community Support Service will receive $4097 for its project Move into the 20th Century - Computers, while Blackall-Tambo regional council neigbourhood centre will receive $9556 for Movie World in Blackall.
Care Balonne manager Robyn Fuhrmeister said she believes the grants provide an asset back to the community that they wouldn't have been able to afford otherwise.
"Some of the laptops we have are 12 years old and running off the oldest Windows you could possibly imagine,” she said.
"There's quite a few curses under the breath with how slow they go and with having to constantly reboot them.”
Care Balonne will be using the grant money to purchase new laptops and desktops locally from Betta Electricial to keep the money circling in the economy.
"It's a win-win for everyone,” Ms Furhrmeister said.
"We're so excited about having computers that run publisher so we can print fliers and programs for events.
"It's about making the most of this golden opportunity to ensure we get the best benefits back to the community.”
Communities Minister Coralee O'Rourke highlighted how the funding would benefit the 72 neighbourhood and community centres receiving grants of up to $20,000 in their commitment to creating stronger and more resilient communities.
"We want to create thriving communities, where Queenslanders, regardless of their personal circumstances, are able to participate and be included in their community, be resilient and enjoy social and economic wellbeing,” she said.