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11 October, 2021

Local groups to receive funding

Eight local community groups and organisations in Pittsworth and Millmerran are among 56 successful applicants in the Toowoomba Regional Council’s (TRC) latest round of the Community Grant Program, which is delivering a combined total of $332,500.

The Pittsworth District Landcare Association will receive funding to go towards its Urban Greenbelt Project. This will including planting 500 more Eucalyptus trees along Boundary Road to provide a habitat and food for Koalas.

Round one of the TRC’s Community Grant funding has been approved, with Environment and Community Services Committee chair Cr James O’Shea saying Council had endorsed the round for the 2021/22 financial year recently at an Ordinary Meeting of Council.

“This is a great program which gives local clubs and organisations a boost so they can continue delivering a valuable service to our community,” Cr O’Shea said.

“In total, $332,541.17 was approved, which will be a massive help to organisations throughout the Toowoomba Region.

“The Community Grant Program has helped a number of groups over the years. 

“COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our clubs over the past 18 months, so it’s pleasing Council is able to provide assistance in this form.”

Eight of the 56 successful recipients are from our local area, and the grant money they will receive is set to benefit the wider community in the areas of sport and recreation, event support, sports tourism, environment and community support. 

Of these, the Pittsworth and District Campdraft Association will receive $15,144.80 to go towards the purchase of a new mower.

The Anglican Parish of Pittsworth, auspiced by The Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane, is set to receive $1,500 to go towards its 16th annual Pittsworth Craft and Fine Food Spectacular, which is taking place this weekend.

The Millmerran and District Historical Society will also be receiving $,1500 to go towards its Historical Book Launch and Museum Open Day markets. 

The Pittsworth Leagues Club will be receiving $5000 to go towards its Arthur Postle Gift Sprints - a professional sprint event on the Queensland Athletic League calendar. 

The feature consists of seven events, including both open and women only events, with youth events rounding out the program.

Also set to receive $5000 is the Pittsworth District Landcare Association which will put its funding towards the Pittsworth Urban Greenbelt Project to enhance the greenbelt along Boundary Road and Spring Street in Pittsworth.

The project began in 2000 when Landcare planted several hundred Eucalyptus trees to provide a habitat and food for Koalas.

This funding will help the group to plant a further 500 trees in Autumn 2022 in order to extend the greenbelt and provide a linkage between the Pittsworth Golf Course and sewerage works, both of which are current Koala habitats.

Other community groups set to receive funding include Pittsworth’s Harvest New Life Church which will get $1,514.55 to go towards a Lifecare Shop Shelving Project, allowing the Church to display its food bank goods for the community.

History Pittsworth will be receiving $1,250 to help complete a Pittsworth Pioneer Village Booklet Project, which will produce a booklet including photos and history information of items on display at the village. 

Finally, Happy Snappers of the Downs, auspiced by Gardens of the Downs, will receive $1,250 to assist with its Pittsworth Calendar Project.

This project includes producing and printing a yearly calendar depicting images of Pittsworth and the surrounding areas, aimed at enticing tourism in the region. 

Although most community groups from Pittsworth and surrounding areas were successful, two applications from local organisations were not approved in this funding round. 

Cr O’Shea said that although this round has closed, a second round will be opening early next year to give those who missed out another chance. 

“The program is open to the community two times a year and provides assistance to a diverse range of community and not-for-profit groups,” he said.

“Preference is given to applications that fulfil a range of criteria covering community inclusiveness and interaction, a willingness to encourage community partnerships, upgrading facilities or services or establishing a new service, facility or initiative.

“For anyone interested in applying for the next funding round, please speak with our officers for guidance around applications.”

Round two of the TRC Community Grant Program opens on February 1, 2022.

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