Gambling grants a boon for Beaudesert sports clubs

SPORTS BOOST: The Warriors (pictured) and the Kingfishers have both been awarded funds to improve their clubs.
SPORTS BOOST: The Warriors (pictured) and the Kingfishers have both been awarded funds to improve their clubs.

SCENIC Rim state MP Jon Krause has announced that the electorate will share in over $226,188.50 worth of grant funding awarded through round 96 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

He said more than 14 million dollars had been allocated to community groups in the Scenic Rim Electorate through various grants since 2012.

Around the Beaudesert District, two groups received $46,983.90 in funding and Mr Krause said the money would make a huge difference to the successful local groups.

“This terrific outcome would not have occurred without many hardworking volunteers giving their time and energy to complete the grant application process,” he said.

“It is wonderful to see that the Beaudesert Kingfishers and the Beaudesert Rugby Union Club will be able to purchase new equipment to enhance the quality of their grounds.”

The Beaudesert Kingfishers will receive $31,079.00, which spokesman Justin Kummerow said would be used to improve the playing field.

“The money will allow us buy a mower and install an irrigation system on the mod field, which means the kids will have a better playing surface,” he said.

“The irrigation system will be pop-up on a timed control, which will also mean less work for our volunteers.”

Beaudesert Rugby Union will receive $15,904.90 to purchase a tractor and mower.

Warriors president Shayne Callaghan said having their own equipment would be a great help for the club.

“It will help us to keep the ground tidy, especially down towards the road and especially during the summer when the grass grows so quickly,” he said.

“We don’t have anyone doing the maintenance on the ground at the moment and with our own equipment we will be able to do it ourselves.

“Hopefully we can get more people to come and they can visit a club that looks half decent for a change.”

Mr Krause said community groups could now apply for the next round of funding which will close on August 31.

“I commend both of these groups for the wonderful work they do and encourage other community groups to apply for Round 98 of the GCBF.

“Not-for-profit groups can apply for grants from $500 to $35,000 and applications close in mid-August,” Mr Krause said.

To apply for the program visit: justice.qld.gov.au/grants or for more information contact Jon Krause’s office via email scenicrim@parliament.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 5515 1100.