WINDFALL: Night games will benefit after the Warwick Cowboys picked up more than $20,000 in funding this week. Pictured are president David O'Leary and A grade coach Phil Economidis.
WINDFALL: Night games will benefit after the Warwick Cowboys picked up more than $20,000 in funding this week. Pictured are president David O'Leary and A grade coach Phil Economidis. Gerard Walsh

22 Downs community groups to share in $550K in funding

TWENTY-two Southern Downs community groups are set to share in more than $550,000 in grants after the latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund was announced yesterday.

More than 600 community groups in Queensland, including 55 in the Darling Downs region, will benefit from $13.7 million worth of grants.

Clubs in Warwick including Warwick Aero Modellers Inc ($35,000), Warwick Clay Target Club Inc ($35,000), Warwick Senior Citizens Welfare Association Inc ($23,406) and Warwick East Bowls Club Inc ($15,365.15) were among those who will benefit from the windfall.

See the full list below.

Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Club is set to receive $20,735.47 and club president David O'Leary said the news was a great Friday night surprise.

"We've got a few plans in place for these funds,” he said.

"We've got $16,000 allocated to replace some of the field lights and that should cover getting those replaced and installed.

"This is going to make a massive difference for both players and spectators at our night games, they'll provide a much higher lux reading and much brighter conditions for everyone.”

Mr O'Leary said they had progressively been working to replace the lights since the 2013 floods.

"And you can only do that when you have some loose change, something community organisations don't often have a lot of,” he said.

"Thanks to this grant, it'll be great to have that finished off and then we can look toward the next phase - the orginal plan was to add some more towers, so we can get more serious about that now.

"It gives us something to work towards.”

Mr O'Leary said trying to fundraise $20,000 was a big task.

"These grants really take the pressure off in that regard,” he said.

"The rest of the money will be spent on new kitchen equipment - we need a new stove, a new pie warmer and maybe a bain marie.

"We'll hgave to see how far we can make it stretch.

"This will mean improved catering for home games and also will make the club more attractive for anyone who wants to hire the club house.”

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D'Ath said community groups in the Darling Downs region would share $1.4 million worth of funding.

"In the Southern Downs region, Warwick Aero Modellers Inc will receive $35,000 to build a club house, Warwick and District Rugby Union Club Inc will get $24,980 to install lighting, and Karara Campdraft Association will receive $20,000 to purchase and fitout office.

"This is exciting news for these groups and allows them to fund projects that would have otherwise been out of reach.”

Mrs D'Ath said community groups played an important role in the community.

"It is wonderful to see these groups receiving funds that will allow them to improve the services they provide to the local community.

"These groups are the backbone of the community and the Palaszczuk Government is committed to supporting them as much as possible.”

Mrs D'Ath said applications for the next round of funding were now open.

"Grants are worth between $500 and $35,000 and applications are open to not-for-profit, community-based organisations.

"I encourage any community organisations to apply for this funding.”

Applications close February 28.

For more information and to apply, visit http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/grants

Southern Downs: $557,731.41

  • Allora Regional Sports Museum Group Inc - $34,530
  • Border Rivers Christian College Ltd - $10,000
  • Cecil Plains Golf Club Inc - $35,000
  • Cherrabah Sporting Clays Inc - $35,000
  • St Mary's Catholic Primary School Goondiwindi - $18,386.79
  • Glennie Heights State School Parents And Citizens Association - $15,000
  • Karara Campdraft Association Inc - $20,000
  • Maryvale Community Hall Inc - $19,744
  • Stanthorpe Agricultural Society - $31,636.36
  • Tannymorel Rodeo & Campdraft Assn Inc - $9,406
  • Anglican Parish of Allora-Clifton - $31,855.44
  • The Goondiwindi and District Cricket Association Inc, All Whites Cricket Club - $10,040.80
  • The School of Total Education - $34,811
  • The Warwick Polocrosse Club Inc - $35,000
  • Warwick "Cowboys” Rugby League Football Club Inc - $20,735.47
  • Warwick Aero Modellers Inc - $35,000
  • Warwick And District Rugby Union Club Inco - $24,980
  • Warwick Clay Target Club Inc - $35,000
  • Warwick East Bowls Club Inc - $15,365.15
  • Warwick Golf Club Inc - $27,834.40
  • Warwick Senior Citizens Welfare Association Inc - $23,406
  • Warwick Show And Rodeo Society Inc - $35,000

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