St Paul’s beats the heat

13 June 2016

A grant from New Hope’s Community Investment Fund will help St Paul’s Lutheran Church beat the heat this summer following the purchase of a new water cooling system designed to provide some much-needed heat relief to the Church’s hall facility.

St Paul’s Committee Member Mark Carter said the Church decided to apply for the Community Investment Fund grant following conversations with the local community about how best to improve the hall.

"St Paul’s has been a part of the Oakey community for over fifty years and our hall also acts as a venue for a whole range of community events and groups like the local Oakey Academy of Dance, Kevin Webber Country and Western concerts and Friends of McDonalds House fund raising events."

"Before we submitted our application to the Community Investment Fund, we chatted to our congregation and to the different groups who use the hall and tried to find out what improvement would bring the most benefit."

"The overwhelming response was to provide heat relief during the warmer summer months so installing this water cooling system will provide a much appreciated and much needed benefit to our Church community and all those who use our hall," he said.

New Hope’s Community Investment Fund aims to assist not-for-profit community groups and organisations to support their community-based initiatives and projects, which develop long-term outcomes for the communities around New Acland Mine.

Applications to Funding Round 2 close on 30 September and application forms can be downloaded from the New Acland website at