New grant has Gympie Saloon Car Club cooking with gas

May 13, 2022

Fresh fundraising opportunities are on the menu for Gympie Saloon Car Club, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien serving up a $4,500 grant to upgrade the club’s kitchen gear.

“More than 2,000 people attend the Club’s monthly race nights, their volunteers do a fantastic job to keep everyone filled up with treats like hot chips and toasties, and it’s one of the Club’s main fundraisers,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This grant through the Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities Programme will provide two new gas cookers, replacing the 20-year-old equipment and making life much easier for the 30 or so volunteers who give a hand to keep the Gympie Saloon Car Club running.

“The Club’s race nights are a fantastic event for the Gympie community, it brings a lot of people together to enjoy motorsports safely, and I congratulate them on their successful application.”

Gympie Saloon Car Club promotions officer Paul Gannon thanked Mr O’Brien for the funding, and said it would make a real difference to the kitchen volunteers.

“The existing cookers have well and truly reached their use-by-date, and it’s an awful lot of work to keep the kitchen running, so we’re really grateful to have this support,” Mr Gannon said.

“As a not-for-profit club, grants like this make life a lot easier and mean we can do things we wouldn’t otherwise be able to do, so it means a lot.”

The funding was provided through Round 7 of the Stronger Communities Programme, which is providing $22.7 million to community organisations in Australia, delivering investment in regional areas, supporting jobs to drive our economic recovery, and ensuring our regions remain great places to live and visit.

“The Coalition Government is continuing to back regional and remote communities, investing in opportunities for them to get ahead and prosper into the future as well as delivering much-needed infrastructure and equipment, and supporting local jobs,” Mr O’Brien said.

Through the Stronger Communities Program, the Government has provided more than $158 million in total for projects for community-building and job-creating projects across Australia.

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