May 9, 2024

Twenty-two volunteer organisations across Wide Bay will receive a cash boost in May to support the vital role they play in our communities.

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien congratulated the organisations that will receive support from the Volunteer Grants Program 2023-24.

“Volunteers make a significant social and economic contribution to Wide Bay, sharing their time, skills, and expertise to improve the lives of others in our communities,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Volunteer Grants are designed to support the work of volunteers, making their work easier, safer, and more enjoyable. The grants encourage volunteering and help organisations to purchase equipment. Dozens of local organisations including community service, sporting, and veteran groups have received assistance from the program.”

“My office received more than 70 expressions of interest seeking around $285,000 in funding for many worthy projects to support the work of volunteers in the community. However, only $66,225 was available in this funding round,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I extend my congratulations to the following organisations that have been successful in the 2023-24 Volunteer Grants Program:

Gympie Meals on Wheels Inc.


Gympie Pistol Club Inc.


Gympie Medical Transport


Curra Country Club Inc.


Widgee District Hall & Recreation Assoc Inc.


Australian Volunteer Coast Guard QF17 Tin Can Bay


Maryborough Speedway


Riding for the Disabled Assoc. Maryborough Inc.


Maryborough Military Aviation Museum Inc.


Maryborough Regional Arts Council Inc.


The Proud Marys Assoc Inc.


Baddow Scout Group


Bauple Band Hall Inc.


Noosa District Basketball Assoc Inc.


Cooroora Historical Society


Pomona District Meals on Wheels Inc.


Kandanga Cemetery Assoc Inc.


Friends of Amamoor Inc.


Cherbourg Historical Precinct Group


Creative Country Assoc Inc.


Murgon Mustangs Junior Rugby League Club Inc.


PCYC South Burnett



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