Local groups benefit from community investment

15 December 2014

Community grants have been awarded to six local groups under the latest round of the New Acland Community Investment Fund.

Among the beneficiaries are St Monica’s P&F Association, Biddeston Primary P&C, Oakey and District Pony Club, Oakey Motorsports Club, Oakey State High School and Goombungee-Haden Show Society.

New Acland General Manager Andrew McDonald said New Hope was proud to support and partner with local community groups.

“This funding round we will help the St Monica’s P&F Association in replacing the old school noticeboard with a new LED noticeboard to provide instant updates which can also be used by the church and emergency services as required,” he said.

“Biddeston Primary P&C will receive funding for the construction and installation of a new entrance and new school sign. The school has had to relocate its entrance to make it safer for all students, teachers and visitors to the school.

“We will also be supporting the Oakey and District Pony Club to purchase new cattle yard panels to create portable cattle yards which will be used primarily as a holding and sorting pen outside the arena.

“Oakey Motorsports Club will receive funding to purchase and fit-out a portable trailer to be used as an administration office, the club will also purchase three new grandstands which will be made available to other community groups to use at their events.

“This round New Hope will also provide support to the Oakey State High School for the purchase and installation of air conditioning units in H Block.

“The Goombungee-Haden Show Society will receive funding for its pavilion roof replacement project to ensure the sustainability of the 80 year old structure for the years to come.”

Wendy Motley from the Goombungee-Haden Show Society thanked New Hope for their support.

“The funding will be used to help restore the historical pavilion which was built in 1931, and is still used to this day,” she said.

“We are very grateful to New Hope for providing this funding which will help preserve the pavilion for use by future generations.”

The Community Investment Fund was launched in August 2013, and is in addition to the New Hope Group’s substantial Community Sponsorship and Donation Program. 

The New Acland Community Investment Fund assists not-for-profit community groups and organisations to develop long-term outcomes for communities around the New Acland Coal Mine.

Not-for-profit community groups and organisations within the Toowoomba Regional Council area are eligible to apply for grants of $10,000 or more under the Fund.

Applications to the Fund are welcome at any time; however eligible organisations are invited to submit an application before 31 March next year to be considered for the next round of funding.

For more information please visit Helen Braithwaite and Naomi Tonscheck at the New Hope Community Information Centre in Campbell Street, Oakey, or phone 4691 3445.