Congratulations to our 2019 Community Fund recipients!
We're proud to energise Queensland communities from the grassroots and provide a helping hand to local groups bringing positive, innovative and long-lasting outcomes to life.
Meet the recipients and read more about the projects they're delivering below.
People's Choice Vote
Congratulations to Salty Souls Legacy who received the most votes in the 2019 People's Choice Ballot to take out the title of Queensland's favourite project and importantly, an additional $5,000 funding to bring their project to life.
Thank you to the 12,000 Queenslanders who voted in this year's People Choice. We truly believe that together we can make a real difference.
Click to view details of the winning project below.
RSL Qld - Atherton Sub Branch
Construction of a new community club venue and children’s playground for use by various local groups. The venue is eagerly anticipated by the Tablelands Community as a family-oriented space for seniors and juniors to socialise and build strong ties.
Ravenshoe & District Chamber of Commerce
Showcase the cutting-edge technology of a Virtual Reality Vehicle and provide mentorship to local Ravenshoe youth to create awareness of future opportunities and encourage their education, training and employment potential.
Reef Restoration Foundation Limited
Purchase materials and install one coral tree frame in a nursery near a high value tourism reef off the coast in cairns, as part of the program goal to plant one million heat tolerant corals on high value tourism reefs by 2026.
To revegetate degraded and unused land that is critical for Southern Cassowary and Mahogany Glider habitat. Delivering six community tree planting days will educate and enhance awareness regarding conservation projects in the Wet Tropics of the Cassowary Coast region.
Magnetic Island Koala Hospital Ltd
Install solar panels to power-up the enclosure lighting and fans and install a rainwater tank to provide drinking water for the rescued koalas and assist enclosure cleaning to maintain a hygienic space.
CPL - Choice, Passion, Life
Mylestones disability social enterprise program, providing meaningful employment for local disabled people to undertake garden maintenance throughout the community. The crew has been undertaking work to support the Townsville clean-up efforts and requires professional equipment to meet demand and continue the service.
Townsville Toy Library
Regaining resources after complete loss during NQ Monsoon Event, to continue engaging families of special needs children, granting them access at a significantly reduced cost to a range of resources and toys for their children, easing financial pressures and increasing learning and enjoyment potential.
The Oasis Townsville Limited
Connecting Townsville veterans to assist farmers and communities in Winton affected by drought and flooding, providing social, mental and physical support for both parties. The provision of resources and equipment is required to continue ongoing success of program.
Rise Up, Be Yourself (RUBY) women’s family and domestic violence support program, in conjunction with QPS Townsville. Aims to empower women through regular physical fitness activity, in a safe environment that encourages confidence and networking.
Saxby Round Up
Complete facilities rebuild following NQ Monsoon Event and flooding inundation. The facilities are home to the Saxby Round Up event, important to the wellbeing of the surrounding devastated community.
Provide professionally refurbished and maintained laptops to ambitious students facing financial, cultural and geographic hardship in North Queensland, to ensure their continued education and development with digital learning tools.
Gloucester Sports and Recreation Association Inc
Providing necessary equipment and supplies to complete Fit-Out of the Club House as the area's Recovery Centre. Previous severe weather events have highlighted the need for a a centre to rapidly accommodate residents and aid recovery from the impacts.
Sarina Surf Life Saving Club
Upgrade cold-room equipment and perform electrical wiring checks to ensure the Club is ready to provide support to the region’s community as the central evacuation centre in times of disaster.
Dimantina Rodeo & Campdraft Association Inc
Restoration activity following flooding inundation at the Winton Showgrounds to make safe for community use. Upgrades include arena resurfacing and electrical wiring repair.
Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation
Purchase a portable solar power fit out to mount onto trailer for use in remote research, cultural heritage and community education activities. Working in very isolated conditions requires a power source for equipment including GPS, satellite phones and fridges.
The Pyjama Foundation
Our volunteers are matched which a child in the foster care system and provide specifically designed literacy and numeracy mentoring with children in care on a weekly basis. Children are empowered with learning, life skills and confidence and encouraged to follow their dreams despite their often difficult past.
Yeppoon State High School
The purchase and installation of a PA system, projector and screen for the Yeppoon Public Cyclone Shelter located at the Yeppoon State High School which will assist communication with evacuees during an activation of the shelter.
Monto State High School
Support 12 months of the Breakfast Club program through the provision of equipment and groceries. The program is an integral part of the school, supporting learning potential by ensuring students start the day with a nutritious meal, especially in cases of financial hardship or long-distance regional travel each morning.
Mt Perry Men's Shed Association Inc
Our members will refurbish an original Victorian Tram with the assistance of young, local indigenous men for work experience. The tram will be furnished to present a virtual tour of our local gold mine to attract visitors.
Miles & District Show Society Inc
Kitchen upgrade at the showgrounds which doubles as the town’s emergency evacuation centre. The cold-room installation will allow storage of the required quantities of food during emergencies.
Replenish the 'chemist in a box' which provides emergency and non-emergency treatments to those travelling, working and living in remote areas, particularly those recently experiencing severe drought conditions.
Hervey Bay Men's Shed Inc
Purchasing train parts for the ride-on railway at Urangan, to be built by members of the Shed with the assistance of young, local indigenous people for work experience. The project will provide a low-cost recreational activity and tourist attraction for the area.
Kalang Respite Care Centre Aboriginal Corporation
Install efficient drainage systems to reduce flooding issues and reduce the pooling of stagnant water to reduce mosquito-borne and other related diseases that can cause serious health issues for indigenous elders on site.
The Warwick Community Van
Mobile van to provide support to farmers and surrounding community through the provision of food, clothing, hygiene products, services and the ‘Focus on 5’ resilience program.
Salty Souls Legacy
Deliver a six-week fully-funded surf program to underprivileged children aged 5-17 years, aimed at providing a sense of community and structured activity to support mental health and engagement.
$10,000 incl. People’s Choice Grant
Young Diggers Ltd
Our Dog Squad trains dogs to become qualified assistance and companion animals for veterans and emergency service personnel suffering from PTSD.
Devicentrix Environmental Services Inc
GEMS provide meaningful volunteering and employment opportunities to at-risk youth by connecting with and performing mowing for disabled and elderly persons in their local community
The Lady Musgrave Trust
Produce and distribute 20,000 copies of the Handy Guide for vulnerable homeless or near homeless women who are suffering from violence, poor health or poverty and require connection to critical support services for help.
Co.As.It Community Services Ltd
Deliver a six month electrical safety program to the elderly Italian community including education sessions, safety switch installation for low income earners and a pocket resource booklet in Italian available in both print and online.
Lockyer Information and Neighbourhood Centre
Implementing mobile community hubs travelling to outer rural areas on a weekly basis, reaching those who struggle to access support, information and advocacy services due to financial hardship or restricted transport.
Twin Rivers Centre
Provides meals for local homeless organisations through the “Work for your Destinee” Food Co-op program which delivers Cert II Food Processes training to the long term unemployed.
Deliver food waste and sustainability sessions to 20 Gold Coast Schools and Learning Centres. Every school will be presented with a toolkit of resources to utilise in ongoing teaching and school-based actions to reduce waste.