5/12/2018

$17,718 grant delivers for Maryborough’s Foodbasket

A new food transport truck will help Maryborough’s Foodbasket deliver groceries to more than 2300 people in need, with help from a $17,718 grant through Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme.

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said the grant, provided by the Liberal Nationals Government, would allow the Maryborough Wesleyan Methodist Church’s Foodbasket to continue its much-needed service.

“This grant will be used to purchase a new 10-pallet truck to replace a six-pallet truck, enabling the Foodbasket to collect more food for more people at a lower operating cost, ensuring the store can continue to operate efficiently,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Foodbasket helps 2320 families in Maryborough stretch their grocery budget further, and provides food free of charge to a local soup kitchen as well as supplying food to eight different school breakfast programs, so I am pleased they have been successful in their grant application.”

The Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme is designed to improve the resilience of communities by providing capital grants for small projects of between $5000 and $20,000. Up to $150,000 is available in each electorate per year.

Other successful organisations in this funding round include Maryborough Military Aviation Complex, Maryborough’s Riding for the Disabled, and Cooloola Coast Medical Transport.

Further information on the SCP, including guidelines and frequently asked questions can be found on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s website at: http://regional.gov.au/regional/programs/stronger-communities.aspx