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Bushfire Projects Get Recovery Funding Grants

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Several groups in the Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast region have been awarded flexible funding grants in the wake of the devastating 2018 bushfires.

The Member for Keppel and Assistant Education Minister Brittany Lauga said six groups in the region will share $225,000 in this round to help communities prepare for, and recover from, disasters.

“Successful recipients of the one-off grants will run events, deliver projects and purchase equipment to promote longer-term disaster recovery and resilience in the wake of the 2018 bushfires,” she said.

“In my electorate of Keppel I was pleased to see The Caves Pony Club receiving $50,000 for much-needed upgrades to existing facilities and equipment.

“And in Yeppoon, the Kooyalee Outdoor Education Centre received $4220 to upgrade its existing facility.”

The Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the grants were a joint Federal-State arrangement with a maximum of $100,000.

He said Capricornia Catchments Inc will receive $95,573 for its community workshops project “Seeing past the smoke”.

“This project is to run a coordinated program of 20 workshops in each of the LGA areas of Livingstone, Gladstone, Rockhampton and Isaac councils’ areas, preceded by the establishment of a Stakeholder Working Group which will hold three meetings over the duration of the project.”

Mr O’Rourke said other grants went to the Rockhampton Regional Council for amounts of $25,000, $40,000 and $10,145, for evacuation planning with Mount Archer and neighbouring suburbs, disaster management education, and for recording “resilient stories of today for the future”.

Round two of the CQ Bushfires Flexible Funding Grants will be released in October 2019.