June 11, 2024

The Gympie Pistol Club has received a $3,000 grant from the Australian Government’s Volunteers Grants Program for the purchase of a rider mower to support the venue maintenance work done by their volunteers, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

“The Volunteer Grants Program supports the important work volunteers undertake in the community, providing funding for equipment and training that makes their work easier, safer, and more enjoyable,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Gympie Pistol Club provides a broad range of shooting disciplines for their more than 250 members and 1,000 annual visitors. All the maintenance work on the ranges and outdoor areas is done by their volunteers, including the mowing at the Club’s Belvedere Road facility.”

“The Club’s old ride on mower died some time ago, and the volunteers have had to use their own hand mowers in the ongoing battle to keep the grass under control and the facility looking good.”

“The Gympie Pistol Club will use their Volunteer Grant to purchase a new rider mower, making the maintenance work far less labour intensive,” Mr O’Brien said.

Twenty two volunteer organisations across Wide Bay received a cash boost from the Australian Government’s 2023-24 Volunteer Grants Program.

“Every volunteer’s contribution, no matter how big or small, is extraordinary because that person cares enough to serve their community and give of their time, expertise, and resources freely to improve the lives of others. Wide Bay communities would not be the same without them.”

Leader of The Nationals David Littleproud encouraged more Australians to volunteer.

“Volunteers make a major difference in our communities and some of our favourite events, as well as services we depend on, wouldn’t exist without volunteers,” Mr Littleproud said.

“There is nothing quite like volunteering and I encourage everyone to get out and do their bit for the community.”


In the spirit of Australia, I acknowledge all citizens who contribute to making our nation the greatest on earth.

I acknowledge our defence force personnel, past, present, and emerging, for their service to our nation, and particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of Australia.

I also acknowledge the Australian taxpayers who, through their hard work, pay for the infrastructure, health, education, and emergency services that keep our proud nation healthy, safe, and prosperous.