Funding boost secures youth camp

A COMMUNITY group in Dunkeld is basking in a recent funding boost from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, which will allow for the organisation of a much-needed youth camp.

Member for Warrego Ann Leahy committed $2909.09 towards the Mitchell-Tomoo/Dunkeld Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association to help with their upcoming children’s SWaG camp, allowing the group to source facilities and qualified trainers.

President of the Mitchell-Tomoo/Dunkeld ICPA Jane Maudsley said the group applied for numerous grants for their camp every year, with some more successful than others.

“Every year we manage to source enough funds to keep the camps running for the families,” she said.

“Funding is vital to ensure that isolated children receive the same opportunity as their regional counterparts.”

With children from all over Mitchell and Dunkeld, as well as other towns as far as Quilpie, Ms Maudsley said the camp was essential for isolated children across the region.

“It’s very important for the community; without the camp none of these children would be able to experience the range of opportunities as others can,” she said.

Warrego MP Ann Leahy said the funding was just part of the GCBF funding promised to the many organsations across the Warrego electorate.

“The Gambling Community Benefit Fund is a quarterly program providing up to $35 000 per grant for community groups and in this funding round a total of $328 327.73 provided to fourteen organisations,” Ms Leahy said.

“I regularly provide letters of support for grant applications and have a monthly funding list detailing a range of funding sources which community groups can subscribe.


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