Queensland school students and their families are set to benefit in real and practical ways from over $1 million in extra funding in the latest round of Gambling Community Benefit Fund grants.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the funding injection would help upgrade vital facilities in 37 local schools, delivering on the Government’s commitment to revitalise frontline services for families.
“Our children are the heart of Queensland’s future so it is important students have access to world-class facilities and the best education possible,” Mr Bleijie said.
“Over $1 million from the latest round of grants will go towards upgrading things like playground equipment to make them safer and promote active play for students and improved canteen facilities, which will encourage healthier eating habits.
“By addressing the specific needs of individual schools we are delivering on our strong plan to build the schools of the future for young Queenslanders.
“This government promised that we would improve facilities and equipment in schools and communities. Whether it’s installing electronic whiteboards in classrooms, industrial fans, outdoor shade sails or purchasing bicycles for PE classes, students of all ages from Charleville to Cairns will experience the first hand benefits.”
Mr Bleijie said the much-needed funds were part of a total $12.6 million being delivered to over 600 community organisations via the quarterly Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
“Our hardworking community groups provide invaluable grass root services to mums, dads and their children, but they cannot do it alone,” he said.
“From our world renowned surf lifesaving clubs to playgroup associations, it’s great to see proceeds from gambling making a positive difference to these groups and the thousands of Queenslanders who count on them each and every day.”
Mr Bleijie said the latest funding boost had been delivered through the Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund (JCCBF), Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund (RHCCBF) and the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) and was the final round before the fund was amalgamated.
“I encourage all schools and community groups to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and submit applications for the next round of grants which closes 31 August 2014,” he said.
For more information or to see a full list of participants for this round, please visit www.olgr.qld.gov.au and click on ‘Grants’.