Grants success for Kilkivan and Goomeri community groups

Community groups at Kilkivan and Goomeri will share $30,000 in Liberal and Nationals Government funding for projects to improve local amenities and the natural environment, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

Goomeri Show Society received $20,000 through Round 5 of the Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities Programme to upgrade its out-dated kitchen and hot water supply, and improve power infrastructure.

“This means the Goomeri Show Society can now run events at night without needing to hire lighting and generators, thereby improving amenities for community events as well as improving security with additional lighting for the Showgrounds,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Goomeri Show Society committee and volunteers do a great job to keep people fed during local events and I’m pleased to be able to offer them this support.”

The Kilkivan Community Garden and Railway Markets Project received $10,000 through Communities Environment Programme to revegetate sites around Kilkivan Rail Trail, planting native species including grevilleas, eucalypts and tea-tree as well as plants and shrubs to attract native bees.

“This will help restore the local environment and provide appropriate habitat for flora and fauna native to the South Burnett, including koalas and kangaroos,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The selected native species will also be drought-tolerant which will ensure continued growth and provision of shade so that more people can enjoy using the Rail Trail in all climate conditions.

“These projects make Kilkivan and Goomeri more vibrant, enjoyable places to live for all the community, as well as supporting our precious native wildlife and environment.”