Investment for local community groups

14 July 2015

Community grants have been awarded to seven local organisations as part of the New Acland Community Investment Fund.

Among the beneficiaries are the Friends of McDonald Nursing Home in Oakey, Kingsthorpe and District War Memorial Hall Committee, Jondaryan Rural Fire Brigade, World Karate and Kickboxing Association, Quinalow State School P&C Association, Maclagan-Windermere Kindergarten and Oakey State School P&C Association.

New Hope’s Executive General Manager of Mining Jim Randell said the company was proud to support and partner with local community groups.

“This funding round, we will help the Friends of McDonald Nursing Home with the refurbishment of the palliative care room at the Oakey Hospital,” he said.

“The Kingsthorpe and District War Memorial Hall Committee will receive assistance to purchase new chairs for the hall which meet health and safety requirements.

“We will also help the Quinalow State School P&C Association to install a new outdoor play structure for lower primary school students.

“The World Karate and Kickboxing Association will receive support to purchase new martial arts equipment to be used by local students and the broader Oakey community.

“New Hope will also help the Jondaryan Rural Fire Brigade to improve their communications and command room especially during emergencies where power has been interrupted.

“The Maclagan-Windermere Kindergarten will receive assistance to undertake its external painting and reroofing project.

“And finally, we will support the Oakey State School P&C to continue the Steps into Prep program which aims to provide low cost pre-prep training for children transitioning into Oakey State School.”

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 30 September 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.