Community groups help build a stronger Murgon

March 12, 2020

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced more than $28,000 in Liberal and Nationals Government funding to help make Murgon a stronger, more vibrant community.

Four community groups received grants ranging from $4,574 to $12,500 through Round 5 of the Morrison Government’s Stronger Communities Programme, which supports capital projects to benefit local communities.

Rotary Club of Murgon – $12,500 to install an aerator in the ponds at Murgon, improving fish habitat and reducing the number of mosquitoes in the area.  This will help the environment, improve water quality, and make the area more appealing for visitors.

Murgon Men’s Shed – $6,795 will be used for essential first aid equipment and new tools at the shed. A life saving defibrillator will be purchased that will be available to shed members and the community for use in case of medical emergency.  The funds will also be used to purchase machinery to help the shed process used timber.

Graham House Community Centre – $4,574 will help keep the Graham House community garden growing vegetables that are available free of charge to people and available for community catering.  The Graham House community garden also provides a tranquil outdoor area where people can relax and enjoy a calm and peaceful space.

Queensland Dairy and Heritage Museum – $5,000 to extend an electrical connection to the Museum Barn.  The Dairy and Heritage Museum will be able to extend the range of functions, community events and help promote tourism in, and the history of the South Burnett.

“Each of these community groups and their volunteers works hard to make the South Burnett a better place to live, and I am pleased to be able to support their efforts with this funding,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I congratulate these much-valued Murgon organisations on the good work they do to build a stronger, healthier and happier community.”

Other successful Wide Bay applicants in Round 5 of the Stronger Communities Programme include Noosa disability service Sunshine Butterflies, Noosa Boardriders, Cooroy Gymnastics, Cooloola Coast Medical Transport, and others to be announced.

Previous rounds of the SCP delivered funding to a range of organisations in Wide Bay, assisting with:
 •          Funding towards new vehicles for Cooloola Coast Medical Transport service
 •          Improved car parking and accessibility for South Burnett First Aid Volunteers at the Murgon Training Centre.
 •          two new portable salvage-fire fighting pumps for Noosa Coast Guard’s rescue boats.
 •          A new Digger’s Memorial for Tewantin-Noosa RSL Sub-Branch.
 •          Upgraded arena flooring for Maryborough Riding for the Disabled.
 •          A new hay shed for Gympie’s Hope Reins.
 •          Displays at Maryborough Military Aviation Museum Complex
 •          A new all-terrain vehicle for Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club.
 •          a solar power system at Vinnies Noosaville.
 •          a new 10-pallet truck for Maryborough’s Foodbasket.
 •          Security cameras for Tin Can Bay Fishing Club.
 •          Solar panels for Tin Can Bay RSL & Citizens’ Memorial Hall; and more.



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