The Hon Yvette D’Ath, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice


More than 600 community groups in Queensland, including 38 in the Far North region, will benefit from $13.7 million worth of grants as part of Round 94 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said community groups in the Far North region would share $964,000 worth of funding.

“In this latest round of funding announced today, community groups will benefit from grants that will help them purchase equipment and improve their facilities and services,” Mr Pitt said.

“The Gambling Community Benefit Fund is the state’s largest one-off grants program and provides about $53 million a year to our vital community groups.

“In the Mulgrave electorate, Gindaja Treatment and Healing Centre will receive $35,000 to construct a first aid post, Gordonvale Touch Association will get $34,360 to construct a shed, and Mulgrave Combined Cricket Association will receive $35,000 to construct a practice wicket.”

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said community groups were vital to the region.

“In the Barron River electorate, Redlynch Junior Rugby League Football Club will receive $15,668.49 to purchase an electronic scoreboard, and Ngoonbi Community Services Indigenous Corporation will receive $30,000 to install a cold room,” Mr Crawford said.

“It is wonderful to see these groups receiving funds that will allow them to improve the services they provide to the local community.”

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said community groups played an important role in the community.

“I’m pleased to see Whitfield State School Parents and Citizens Association will receive $30,000 to install industrial fans and Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation will receive $13,270 to purchase photographic equipment,” Mr Healy said.

Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said these groups were the backbone of the community.

“In Cook, Weipa Early Childhood Education Association will receive $28,000 to install shade sails and paths and Mareeba Netball Association will receive $33,067 to install a grandstand and seating.

“This is exciting news for these groups and allows them to fund projects that would have otherwise been out of reach.”

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said applications for the next round of funding were now open.

“Grants are worth between $500 and $35,000 and applications are open to not-for-profit, community-based organisations,” she said.

“I encourage any community organisations to apply for this funding.”

Applications close February 28.

For more information and to apply, visit http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/grants

A full list of successful applications from Round 94 in the Far North Queensland region is listed below, by electorate.

Media contact: 3719 7398

Barron River: $104,076.29

  • Cairns United Futsal Club Inc – $25,737.80
  • Ngoonbi Community Services Indigenous Corporation – $30,000
  • Redlynch Junior Rugby League Football Club Inc – $15,668.49
  • Yorkeys Knob State School Parents and Citizens Association – $32,670

Mulgrave: $217,732.47

  • Cairns Mountain Bike Club Inc – $20,550
  • Gindaja Treatment and Healing Centre – $35,000
  • Gordonvale State High School Parents and Citizens Association – $10,000
  • Gordonvale Touch Association Incorporated – $34,360
  • Gordonvale Turf Club Inc – $19,954
  • James Cook University Strikers Fc Incorporated – $4,920
  • Mulgrave Combined Cricket Association Inc – $35,000
  • White Rock Primary P&C Association- $22,973.47
  • Yarrabah Men’s Shed Inc – $34,975

Cairns: $279,453.60

  • Brothers Junior Rugby League Football Club Cairns Inc – $35,000
  • Cairns Cycling Club Inc – $35,000
  • Cairns District Junior Rugby League Limited – $24,000
  • Cairns Golf Club – $35,000
  • Cairns Wanderers Rugby Union Club Inc – $17,923
  • Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation – $13,270.60
  • Kangaroo Boxing and Fitness Association Inc – $16,000
  • Mt Sheridan – Kangaroos Social Club Inc – $32,000
  • North Queensland Amateur Gem Cutters and Jewellers Association Inc – $6,260
  • West Cairns Bowls Club – $35,000
  • Whitfield State School Parents and Citizens Association – $30,000

Cook: $130,727

  • Mareeba Netball Association Inc – $33,067
  • Blue Care Mareeba Garden Settlement Aged Care Facility – $34,660
  • Weipa Dirt Karts Incorporated – $35,000
  • Weipa Early Childhood Education Association Inc – $28,000

Hill: $232,306

  • Atherton-Herberton Historic Railway Inc – $34,912
  • Babinda Bowls Club Inc – $18,450
  • Barron River Waterski Club Inc – $35,000
  • El Arish Community Sports and Recreational Association Incorporated – $10,000
  • Kairi State School – $32,000
  • Mission Beach Surf Life Saving Club Inc – $32,868
  • North Queensland Natural History Group Inc – $9,876
  • Ravenshoe Railway Company Limited – $35,000
  • Tablelands Folk Festival Association Inc – $13,000
  • The Tablelands Music Lovers Community Group Inc – $11,200