Grants will see cooks embrace solar

Mount Isa Meals on Wheels will soon be solar-powered thanks to a recent State Government grant.

The organisation will use the $24,184.10 it scored in Round 96 of the Community Gambling Benefit Fund to install a 5kw solar power system at its kitchen.

The team at Mount Isa Meals on Wheels delivers around 1000 meals to the community each month.

Secretary Robert Bentley said the Meals on Wheels team was committed to keeping its prices as low as possible, and that the new solar system would significantly bring down operating costs.

Member for Traeger Robbie Katter welcomed the news that more than $300,000 had been allocated to Mount Isa community groups as part of Round 97 of Community Gambling Benefit Fund (CGBF).

He said it was excellent to hear that Mount Isa Meals on Wheels was able to invest in its future as a result of attaining one of the grants.

Other recipients of this round include the Sikaran Martial Arts, which will use their $35,000 grant to upgrade their premises by installing new fences and gates.

The Sunset State School Parents and Citizens Association will receive $35,000 to upgrade a school playground, while the Normanton Rugby League Football Club will purchase a new club car with its $35,000.

The full list of Round 96 CGBF recipients across the Mount Isa and surrounding regions are:

  • Carpentaria Shire Council – $22,243.90
  • Happy Valley Community Kindergarten – $17,000
  • Injilinji Community Preschool and Kindergarten Association – $26,312
  • Julia Creek Dirt and Dust Festival – $35,000
  • Mount Isa Agricultural Show Society – $11,430.99
  • Mount Isa Meals on Wheels $24,184.10
  • Normanton Rugby League Football Club – $35,000
  • Sikaran Martial Arts – $35,000
  • Sunset State School Parents and Citizens Association – $35,000
  • St Kieran’s Catholic Primary School Parents and Friends Association – $35,000
  • Young People Ahead Youth and Community Services – $31,839

More than $540,000 will be handed out in total across the entire Traeger electorate in this round of funding.

The GCBF is open to not-for-profit groups across the state, and gives out grants worth between $500 and $35,000.

The fund is Queensland’s largest one-off grants program, distributing approximately $54 million per year.

Prospective applicants can go to www.justice.qld.gov.au/grants for more information or to apply, or alternatively can visit the Traeger electorate offices in Charters Towers or Mount Isa.

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