Good grants news for central Queensland community groups

Published Wednesday, 29 September, 2021 at 04:02 PM

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

Community organisations across the Rockhampton and Keppel region will share in almost $380,000 from the latest round of grants from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF).

Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke shared the good news today and the congratulated the 14 successful recipients.

“These grants deliver projects and services that really benefit our local community,” Mr O’Rourke said.

“This valuable funding will be used for projects such as a new water tank for the Rockhampton Saloon Car Club, Upgraded sprinkler system for the Gracemere Bowls Club and new equipment for the Tarumbal Kindergarten Association.

“The Palaszczuk Government is extremely grateful for the role the organisations play in supporting minority groups, creating opportunities, and fostering community spirit and connectivity.”

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said across the State almost $11 million is going to 448 not-for-profit community groups in the latest round of the program.

“We want to support our fantastic community organisations to thrive,” Ms Lauga said.

“It’s great to see the Emu Park Golf Club will be able to install air conditioning and solar ahead of summer and the Capricorn Coast Outrigger Canoe Club will be able to purchase new equipment and conduct more training thanks to these grants.”

Sailability Capricornia volunteer, Geoff Hocking, said the grant will go towards a new pontoon boat which will allow more people with a disability to experience the joy of sailing and boating at the Capricornia Coast.

“Our team of volunteers are passionate about sailing and boating and we love to get out on the water at Causeway Lake and share the experience with people who may not otherwise get the opportunity. For many of our sailors, it is the highlight of their fortnight and seeing the smiles on their faces is incredibly rewarding for our team,” Mr Hocking said.

“With many of our sailors in wheelchairs, we need to physically lift them in and out of the boat at the moment. Not only has this been taking its toll on our volunteers and carers, but it’s also limiting the number of people we can take out on the lake each day.

“This $33,176 grant will go toward a new motorised pontoon boat with a removable ramp, which will help us increase accessibility for people with a disability and allow more people of all abilities to experience the joy of sailing and boating.

“We’re hoping to increase on-water experiences to around 40 plus people each sailing day, if volunteer numbers allow, and in the future increase our sailing days to a weekly basis.”

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman reminded organisations that round 112 is open for applications until 31 October and that we are just one round away from 2022’s round 113 – the super round.

“Next year is an exciting year for the GCBF, with the first-time inclusion of a super round when grants of up to $100,000 will be up for grabs,” Minister Fentiman said.

“I can’t wait to see the fruits of the hard work of these community groups, with a little help from their GCBF grants, in the future.”

Please visit: for more information, including:

  • a full list of round 110 grant recipients
  • funding guidelines for round 112
  • more information on the super round (round 113).

For any questions about an application or using your grant, please contact or 1800 633 619 (free call) and follow them on Facebook to receive regular updates.



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