Cathy Claxton and Robyn Fuhrmeister from Care Balonne will benefit from a funding boost from Ann Leahy.
Cathy Claxton and Robyn Fuhrmeister from Care Balonne will benefit from a funding boost from Ann Leahy. Ellen Ransley

Big boost for local groups to increase security

IMPROVED security and extra storage is on the cards for Care Balonne after they received a $31,200 grant - one of three groups in the shire to benefit from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

Manager Robyn Fuhrmeister said the money would be used to seal the driveway and construct a shed, meaning easier access for clients and a boost to security.

"We're excited about finally getting a sealed driveway, it will mean easier access for our clients and will also make it easier for our staff when we bring in drought donations,” Ms Fuhrmeister said.

"We also will build a shed out the back where we will be able to store the donations that come in for our drought support.

"It will give us a chance to have a lot more security, currently we don't have much in the way of security, we're having to leave stuff outside which isn't ideal.

"It's a great asset, we wouldn't have the opportunity to fund projects without the grants.”

Dirranbandi Golf Club and Nindigully Sports Community will also benefit from the GCBF, made possible by Member for Warrego Ann Leahy.

"The three community groups will receive a share of $89,397,” she said.

"The Dirranbandi Golf Club will be able to install air-conditioning and a solar power system with a grant of $25,158. The Nindigully Sports Community will receive a grant of $33,038 to upgrade the hall meeting area.

"The GCBF is a quarterly program providing up to $35,000 to community groups and in this funding round, a total of $663,966 will be provided to 27 organisations across the electorate.”