Redlands community groups get helping hand with share in $9 million of federal funding

AS part of National Volunteer Week, 16 Redland community groups have benefited from a share in $9 million of federal funding.

GRANTS: Local Redland groups have received a share in about $9 million worth of federal government funding, says MP Andrew Laming.

GRANTS: Local Redland groups have received a share in about $9 million worth of federal government funding, says MP Andrew Laming.

The grants awarded are from $1000 to $5000, and will enable organisations to better support volunteers to buy small equipment, pay fuel, transport and training costs.

Bowman MP Andrew Laming said the funding would go a long way in supporting organisations and their volunteers through what had been a tough year.

"Volunteers are an integral part of our community, especially during difficult times. Their contribution is vital to ensuring that we continue to support families, provide employment pathways for young people and strengthen community resilience," Mr Laming said.

Some of the 16 organisations include STAR, VMR Raby Bay and Victoria Point, CWA, U3A, Point Lookout Surf Club, Bayside RSL, Pelican and Seabird Rescue and sporting clubs.

STAR business manager and Volunteering Redlands chairperson Nectaria Chronopoulos said the grant would be used to upgrade computers and provide first aid training.

"Our volunteers work with so many elderly people, we believe it is vital that they are prepared for an emergency," she said.

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