by Madison Watt
ORGANISATIONS in the Western Downs region received close to $200,000 in community funds.
The QGC Communities Fund, set up by petrol giant Shell, chose eight organisations to help them deliver new community projects.
Those that received funding include:
Brigalow Recreation Grounds
Drillham Hall and Recreation Committee
Kaimkillenbun State School P&C
Chinchilla Rugby League Football Club
Miles Football Club
Chinchilla Agricultural and Pastoral Association
Waminda Services; and
Chinchilla Rugby League Football Club committee member Jo Irwin said the funding would go towards the continued efforts to improve the football fields.
"We received $25,000, which went towards a specialised turf mower for the field,” Mrs Irwin said.
"This just complements the work that's already been done on the field.”
The club had previously received QGC funding to rejuvenate the playing field and establish a second field.
"Without the funding from QGC, there's no way that our club would have been able to afford any of that sort of improvements in the field,” she said.
The improvements will not only benefit the Bulldogs rugby league teams but also touch football teams and the state school, which use the grounds for training and sports days.
QGC operations manager Angus Hetherington hoped the contribution would enable groups to continue "their important work in supporting the community”.
"We were delighted to hear from the organisations that they will be prioritising local suppliers in completing their projects,” he said.
"Since the commencement of the fund in 2015, QGC has contributed more than $1.7m of funding and supported 64 projects that aim to bring benefits to local communities.
"Last year, we undertook consultation to develop where we invest our funding in communities.
"We heard that communities valued the QGC Communities Fund and it enabled them to undertake vital work in communities, so we have continued to provide this support.
"Funding has been made available to local community groups and organisations across the Western Downs regions and Gladstone regions.”