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In a huge boost for volunteers in our region, the Federal Coalition Government has today announced that Capricornia will receive more than $136,000 in funding as part of the 2021 Volunteer Grants, which will directly support 34 local organisations.

Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, said that these grants were all about recognising the crucial role that volunteers have within our community.

“By dedicating their time and effort to helping others, our volunteers are the backbone of society. These are Australians who are resilient, selfless and work hard to make our community a better place to live,” Ms Landry said.

“Volunteering also provides an effective pathway to get people into jobs, helps to break down the barriers of marginalisation and also fosters community participation.”

The 2021 Volunteer Grants provide organisations with grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to help purchase equipment, provide training, cover fuel costs, as well as background screening checks for their volunteers. They can also be used to promote awareness of volunteering opportunities, and adjust policies and procedures to strengthen member safety.

Ms Landry said that supporting volunteering was a priority of the Federal Coalition Government and added that she was confident these grants would make a positive difference on the ground.

“To our volunteers in Central Queensland, thank you and congratulations. This funding is well deserved, and please keep up the amazing job that you do,” Ms Landry said.

The 2021 Volunteer Grants will provide $20 million in funding, shared across 5,248 organisations around Australia.

In Capricornia, successful grants recipients are:

Applicant nameFunding awarded
Adelaide Park Rural Fire Brigade$4,239.00
AFS Men’s Shed Inc.$5,000.00
Archer Park Rail Museum$3,650.00
Australian Volunteer Coast Guard – Yeppoon$5,000.00
Australian Volunteer Coast Guard (Keppel Sands Flotilla)$2,468.00
Bakers Creek Australian Rules Football Club INC$5,000.00
Brothers Australian Football Club$2,500.00
Capricornia Catchments$2,100.00
Cawarral Cricket Club$3,500.00
Central Queensland Life Education Centre$4,000.00
Colts Rugby Union Club – Rockhampton$5,000.00
Crompton Park Hack & Pony Club$4,277.00
Echo Park Speedway and Sporting Association$5,000.00
Emu Park Surf Lifesaving Club$3,600.00
Eungella Community Development Association$4,000.00
Lions Club of Yeppoon$5,000.00
Mackay and District BMX Club$2,950.00
Middlemount Community Sports Association$1,800.00
Middlemount Junior Rugby League Football Club Inc$2,985.00
Nerimbera Football Club$5,000.00
QCWA – Clermont Branch$4,500.00
Queensland Remote Area Tracking$5,000.00
Rockhampton Basketball$4,000.00
Rockhampton Hockey Association Inc$4,820.00
Rockhampton Senior Citizens Club Inc$5,000.00
Rockhampton Water Polo$2,500.00
Rotary Club of Yeppoon$3,000.00
Sarina Surf Lifesaving Club$4,843.00
St John Ambulance Australia Queensland Ltd$3,000.00
St Lawrence Bowls Club$5,000.00
St Luke’s Healing Foundation$5,000.00
St Camillus Conference, Rockhampton – Saint Vincent de Paul$3,226.00
Victoria Park Bowls Club$4,383.00
Yeppoon Golf Club$5,000.00

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