Grant to help Maryborough Bears’ boost safety

A new fence at the Maryborough Bears Australian Football Club will help ensure the safety of younger players and local wildlife, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien announcing a $10,000 grant for the project.

“The road adjacent to Maryborough AFC oval can become very busy when matches are on, and the new fencing between the oval and Cardigan Street will increase safety for young players, spectators and families,” Mr O’Brien said.

“It will also help protect Granville’s well-known kangaroo population, and improve road safety, by preventing them from hopping from the oval directly onto the road, causing crashes and becoming injured by traffic.

“This is a worthwhile project that will make the grounds safer and more secure for players, spectators and the native wildlife, and I am pleased to support Maryborough Bears AFL Club with this $10,000 grant through the Stronger Communities Programme towards this $13,500 project.”

The Stronger Communities Programme Round 6 provided up to $150,000 for each of the 151 federal electorates in Australia, with grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 available for eligible organisations including incorporated not-for-profit community service and sporting groups and councils.

“There is always strong interest in the Stronger Communities Programme grants, and competition is keen, so I encourage organisations interested in bringing forward SCP project proposals in future rounds to contact my electorate office on telephone 4121 2936, or the Sunshine Coast, or Wide Bay Burnett Regional Development Australia Committees through the website www.rda.gov.au,” Mr O’Brien said.

Previous rounds of the SCP delivered funding to a range of organisations in Wide Bay, assisting with:

  • An aerator for the fish ponds at Murgon, through the Rotary Club of Murgon
  • First aid equipment and tools for Murgon Men’s Shed
  • A community garden for Graham House Community Centre
  • Electrical works for the Queensland Dairy and Heritage Museum
  • Upgraded kitchen and hot water supply for Goomeri Show Society
  • Three commemorative mosaics at Cooroy-Pomona RSL
  • A new kitchen and change rooms for Cooroy Gymnastics
  • A jet-ski for Noosa Boardriders
  • Air conditioning for the activity Shed at Noosa’s Sunshine Butterflies disability service
  • New audiovisual technology for Gympie Chamber of Commerce
  • 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.