Community groups share in $57,000 funding bounty

5 February 2019

Local community groups have benefited from an injection of $57,000 in the latest round of the New Acland Community Investment Fund (CIF).

Five organisations will share in the bounty, to either upgrade their facilities or run programs to benefit the broader community.

In  handing  over  the individual  cheques,  General  Manager  of  Queensland  Coal  Operations, David Vink said it was a distinct honour for the company to support these community groups.

“We are delighted to be able to support so many worthwhile community organisations, both through this, the CIF, and our regular sponsorship and donations program,” David said.

“It’s a real credit to these groups that they took the initiative to apply for the CIF and complete these projects that ultimately will provide benefit to others.

“I really look forward to visiting each of these groups down the track to see first-hand how they have put this money to use.

“It’s also great that we are able to help fund the North East Downs Landcare Group in their continuing efforts to remove feral pigs from the area. This is a major environmental issue for the Downs and I am pleased they will be working with the Acland Pastoral Company in this important task.’

Successful  applicants,  along with  the Landcare Group, were the Crows  Nest District Men’s Shed, the Oakey Agricultural, Pastoral and Rodeo Society, Oakey Senior Rugby League and the Brymaroo Rodeo and Campdraft Committee.

Judy Byers, from the Oakey Agricultural, Pastoral and Rodeo Society, said the funds would mean they can finish restoration of the Greenwood Hall.

“New Hope Group has supported this project from the very start when they assisted with the relocation of the hall from Greenwood to the Oakey Show Grounds,” Judy said.

“Previously we had received funding to paint the interior including the supper room and entry to the hall.

“Now we can finish the project thanks to the additional support from New Hope.”

The New Acland Community Investment Fund assists not-for-profit community groups and organisations with grants of $10,000 or more.

The Fund is part of New Hope Group and the New Acland Coal Mine’s on-going commitment to community investment and development.

For more information on the fund or to access an application form, visit http://www.aclandproject.com.au/content/community