Millions awarded to Gladstone organisations
CHRISTMAS has come early for three local Gladstone organisations.
$4.5 million was given to our community groups to help with growth in the region.
CQU University, The Salvation Army Queensland Property Trust and Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland Ltd each received lump sums from the Gladstone Foundation.
$3 million was given to the Salvation Army to construct an integrated communities facility centre.
Salvation Army's Lieutenant Core Officer Chris Ford said the money will help create the largest communities facility centre under one roof in Australia.
"It's fantastic to give back and be able to provide much needed infrastructure," Lt Ford said.
"We're really happy...it's one of the first welfare services in Australia all under one roof so we can collaborate between multiple services in one place."
An additional $1 million was given to Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland Ltd (MHACC) to assist in the creation of a mental health service centre in Gladstone.
MHACC Acting CEO Lynne Sheehan said they plan to renovate existing hospital therapy rooms.
"We're very fortunate to receive one million for the mental health unit," Ms Sheehan said.
"Mental health doesn't discriminate so we want to extend therapy to out patients because they don't get continued support in the community."
CQU University received half a million in funds to contribute to the development of Gladstone Foundation Health and Wellness Education Facility, offering education and training to health students through the community.
CQU University Professor Owen T Nevin said the funds are a very exciting endorsement for the "new adventure we're starting".
"There is a short fall in services in skilled service providers...it's important as a regional university to support regional needs," Professor Nevin said.
Gladstone Foundation Chairman Tim Griffin OAM said they are proud to support the needs of some of the community's most deserving organisations.
"There will be a lot of happy people in Gladstone," Mr Griffin said.
Established in 2011, The Gladstone Foundation said they manage voluntary contributions paid into a trust by liquefied natural gas companies QGC Pty Limited, ConocoPhillips and Santos.
Last year, $3.18 million was granted to Gladstone Community Linking Agency Inc, Gladstone Men's Shed Association Inc, Roseberry Community Services Limited and Churches of Christ in Queensland's Shed 19 program.