Funding allocated to three Rockhampton community groups

MEMBER for Rockhampton Bill Byrne has today announced a grant that will fund a pilot health program for special needs students in the city.

"I am delighted that Rockhampton Special School will receive $31,818 from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund for a specially tailored program to guide the students towards making healthier diet and exercise choices," Mr Byrne said.

"I am advised this program, to be delivered by exercise physiologists and dieticians, will be a breakthrough for the physical activity, obesity levels and overall health of students at the school, many of whom are confined to wheelchairs or are unable to take regular exercise."

Mr Byrne said the grant was one of four from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, totalling almost $78,000, that will help community organisations in the city and will ultimately benefit thousands of local people.

"The Warripari Scout Group in West Rockhampton, will receive $27,500 towards the renovation of its premises in Eton Street.

"The ageing timber scout den has been in use since 1950. The building needs restumping and there are plans to lift the building 1.5 metres to create additional storage space.

"I am told the grant will fund the first stage of a planned four-stage renovation and I am sure that when the project is complete the den will continue to be a home for the Joey mobs, Cub packs, Scout troops and Venture units for generations to come," he said.

"I am also very pleased to be able to announce that five old and unreliable air conditioning units in the Cancer Council Queensland office in Allenstown can be replaced thanks to a grant of $15,200.

"The air conditioning units are in a building where cancer patients have counselling sessions with psychologists and where patients have wig and turban fittings and I know the charity is thrilled that its application has been approved.

"The fourth grant is for $3,432 to pay for replacement entry tiles at Multicap Limited's premises in Park Avenue.

"Multicap in Rockhampton provides respite and family support for people with high needs disabilities."

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund provides one-off grants to not-for-profit community organisations with revenues sourced from gaming taxes placed on Golden Casket lotteries, wagering, Keno and gaming machines.

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