26 November, 2023

Somerset groups win funding

Two community organisations have been successful in securing Community Assistance Grants from Somerset Regional Council at its November 15 ordinary meeting.

Somerset groups win funding - feature photo

Esk Bowls Club Inc will receive $5,000 towards the costs of a new cold room, and the Toogoolawah Christmas Tree Carnival (by the Toogoolawah Progress Association) will receive $2,500.

Somerset Regional Councillor Cheryl Gaedtke said both applications would have positive impacts on their communities.

“The Esk Bowls Club has been operating with an outdated cold room for around 20 years, and the signs of wear are showing, making it inefficient and unreliable.

For a community sporting organisation that hosts events and brings people together, a functioning cold room is essential for hospitality and catering,” Cr Gaedtke said.

“I note that the local contractor who quoted for the new installation has donated labour costs, and to me that is a sign that the Esk Bowls Club is valued by its members and local community.

“The Toogoolawah Christmas Carnival is a wonderful free community celebration that brings people together for a night of affordable entertainment for families. The funding provided through Council’s Community Assistance Grant supports the year-long fundraising that occurs to holding the annual event, and I look forward to the fun that this year’s event brings on Saturday December 9.


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