Grant ensures billy carts race in safer environment
THE Ballandean Primary School Parents' and Citizens' Association plan to use its Southern Downs Regional Council grant to maintain health and safety standards at its major fundraiser, the annual the Ballandean Billy Cart Bash.
P&C president Aaron Cox said the $6567 grant paid for road closures, insurance costs, on-site ambulance fees, barriers and hay bales, and printing and signage costs at this year's billy cart event which was held last weekend.
Mr Cox said the payment of these essentials reduced significantly the amount raised and, with costs being covered this year, the future of the event was more stable.
"This money is going towards health and safety for the day, not profits, and it's going to help us keep the event viable over the next few years,” he said.
Mr Cox said with hundreds of people attending the popular annual fundraiser, it was crucial vital services, such as the ambulance, were available.
However, once the money raised was tallied at the end of the day, and major costs taken out "there's not a great deal that's left over”.
He said the small Ballandean school did not have spare funding for extra school books and science resources so the P&C used profits raised for educational tools and support.
"We try to provide the funding for all the extra things kids would miss out on by being at a small school.
"We try and help the parents as well by paying for school excursions and, for example, a sausage sizzle last week.
"We don't want the parents to have to reach into their pockets all year long.
"With this grant, we're hoping to get ta little bit ahead so next year we're on a better footing.
"It will be a huge help.”