Community groups land big funding boosts
BUSH communities across the Maranoa electorate are set to take off with the announcement of $20,000 community program
While Maranoa makes up 42 per cent of Queensland, the southwest hasn't been forgotten with two local community groups landing federal funding.
The Roma Aero Club is set to receive $20,000 to improve their facilities for emergency transfers and to expand the building by constructing an entertainment area.
President Seb Pollock said the club was extremely pleased to receive the grant through the Stronger Communities Programme.
"This will prove to be of great assistance to the project,” Mr Pollock said.
"The club is looking forward to the completion of our new entertainment area and it's hoped that the deck will enhance activity in the club.
"We also look forward to involving more of the community in what it is that we are so enthusiastic about here at the club.”
In July last year, Maranoa MP David Littleproud put out a call to community groups asking what they would do with $20,000.
He said he was overwhelmed by the calibre and array of projects nominated for the Stronger Communities Programme funding.
"Whether it was community hall upgrades, amateur shooting to polocrosse and rodeo associations - and everything in between - project nominations were of a high standard,” he said.
"I received more than 50 applications seeking more than $500,000 in funding.”
As well as the aero club's funding boost, the Yuleba Development Group received $20,000 to save the Yuleba Creek Forestry Fire Tower and Park Project.
"The group's community vision means the Yuleba Creek Forestry Tower will be reconstructed and refurbished as many locals worked in the Yuleba State Forestry and it was an important part of the community's history,”
Mr Littleproud said.
"Locals know their community best and have innovative ideas on how to support their region so when it comes to advocating for funding, Maranoa is ahead of the game.”