Mount Isa receives $240,000 from gambling benefit fund

Nine groups in Mount Isa have received a total of $242,000 in community grants in the latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF).

GUN CLUB GRANT: State MP Robbie Katter with Wayne Reeves, President of the Normanton Gun Club which received a $33,000 grant, and husband of shooting gold medallist, Dianne Reeves. Photo: supplied

GUN CLUB GRANT: State MP Robbie Katter with Wayne Reeves, President of the Normanton Gun Club which received a $33,000 grant, and husband of shooting gold medallist, Dianne Reeves. Photo: supplied

It is a portion of $14 million of funding for almost 700 community organisations across Queensland thanks to the state goverment.

In Mount Isa, North West Queensland Soccer Zone Inc will receive $30,580 to upgrade lighting, Croydon Rodeo and Campdraft Association Inc will receive $30,000 to construct a campdraft arena, and St Joseph’s Catholic School in Cloncurry will receive $35,000 to upgrade its playground.

Round 93 is currently open and will close on May 31.

Mount Isa MP Robbie Katter welcomed the news of funding grants for the electorate.

GRANTED: GCBF committee members meet in Mount Isa. Narelle Galloway, Monto; Julie Strudwick, Yapoon; Ashley Robinson, Sunshine Coast; Deirdre Fiord, Cairns.

GRANTED: GCBF committee members meet in Mount Isa. Narelle Galloway, Monto; Julie Strudwick, Yapoon; Ashley Robinson, Sunshine Coast; Deirdre Fiord, Cairns.

“The funding ensures these groups can purchase equipment and complete upgrades so they can continue to provide services to their local communities,” Mr Katter said. 

One of the recipients, the Normanton Gun club, is heavily supported by well-respected local residents Wayne and Dianne Reeves, Mr Katter said.

“Dianne is a former Commonwealth Games Gold medallist in shooting and it’s great that she puts a lot back into not only the sport she loves, but also other sporting and community based services.”

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund is administered by the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation.

For more information, visit www.justice.qld.gov.au/grants or call 07 3247 4284.

Disaster recovery projects will be prioritised in Round 92, which closed in February, and Rounds 93, 94 and 95 to provide extra help to not-for-profit organisations in areas affected by Cyclone Debbie.

Earlier this month the Gambling Community Benefit Fund Committee met in Mount Isa to decide on recipients for this round.

Chairman Ashley Robinson encouraged locals to apply for the next round, closing on May 31.

“Now is the perfect time to apply, we have grants from $500 to $35,000,” Mr Robinson said.

“We encourage council, rotary, sporting and community groups to apply now.”

The next round of funding applications will be in mid June.

A full list of successful applicants from Round 91 in Mount Isa is listed below:

Mount Isa: $242,970

Croydon Rodeo & Campdraft Association Inc – $30,000

Dajarra State School – $25,000

Junkuri Laka Wellesley Islands Aboriginal Law, Justice and Governance Association Inc – $20,000

Normanton Gun Club Inc – $33,000

North West Queensland Soccer Zone Inc – $30,580

Richmond Amateur Swimming Club Inc – $33,000

Richmond Junior Rugby League Football Club Inc – $30,100

Roman Catholic Trust Corporation for the Diocese of Townsville – $35,000

Sporting Shooter's Association of Australia (Forsayth & District Branch) Inc – $6,290