FUNDING: Kerry Hayes (Westpac Yeppoon Bank Manager), Mark Gwynne (President), Kylie (Grant Writing officer) and Nippers
FUNDING: Kerry Hayes (Westpac Yeppoon Bank Manager), Mark Gwynne (President), Kylie (Grant Writing officer) and Nippers Contributed

Local groups come out on top with recovery grants

WESTPAC has announced it will give $43,337 in grants from Westpac Group's Natural Disaster Recovery Fund to help fund six local community projects, following the devastating effects of Cyclone Marcia that battered the coast of Central Queensland in February 2015.

The grants are part of the Westpac Group's Natural Disaster Recovery Fund launched to provide financial help for community groups and non-for-profit organisations, for projects that support the recovery of disaster affected communities.

Bernadette Inglis, Group General Manager for Westpac Retail, said the recipients of the program use the funding to launch or expand their innovative programs designed to facilitate the social, economic and community recovery of disaster affected areas across Central Queensland.

"Westpac has a long history of helping communities affected by disasters, and we know that recovery takes time and of course funding - so we are very proud to fund these projects and ensure we can continue to help reduce the long term impacts of these events."

"Repairing local surf lifesaving and sporting clubs, developing local infrastructure and improving community safety awareness are just a few examples of projects that are addressing the recovery and improving community wellbeing - especially pertinent in the lead up to the holiday season."

The grant recipients and projects for 2015 include:

$10,000 to repair the Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club after it was damaged by over 400mm of rain.

$8,000 to the Cawarral Rural Fire Brigade to implement more emergency awareness signage in the community.

$10,000 to MDA Inc which will fund a Multicultural Community Preparedness Project, providing education about natural disasters to Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast communities.

$3,300 to the Rockhampton Touch Association to repair their cyclone damaged amenities.

$9,037 to the Rockhampton South Kindergarten Association which will refresh and revive their outdoor educational space.

$7,000 to the Callide United Football Club to rebuild their water damaged equipment shed.



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