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Heritage Donates $500,000 To Community

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Max Forsyth and Richard Don, from the Maidenwell Rural Fire Brigade, with Heritage Community Bank Nanango branch manager Robert Shaw, centre

Fred Laubli and Barry Sheppard from the Nanango and District Aeromodellers

August 27, 2013

It’s not every day that more than half a million dollars is handed out to community groups, but that’s exactly what happened on Saturday when the Heritage Community Branch Nanango distributed its 2013 Community Grants.

Representatives from 27 not-for-profit groups gathered at Ringsfield House to be presented with cheques ranging from $300 to $130,000 to further their activities.

Heritage Community Branch secretary Wendy Zerbst told the assembled crowd the Nanango branch had given away a total of $2.5 million since it opened.

She said it was very proud to be giving away half a million dollars this year to the local community.

“I don’t think that happens anywhere else in Queensland, and possibly in Australia,” she said.

Some of the groups to benefit from grants this year included the Nanango All Breeds Kennel Club which will be using its $6205 grant to develop an “earth dog-testing area”.

“The only one of these in Queensland was wiped out in the floods a few years ago so Nanango will have the only one in the State,” Ms Zerbst said.

“The club anticipates it will bring people into Nanango.”

Nanango and District Aeromodellers will be using their $8000 grant to build a “low-cost” clubhouse from two shipping containers.

SB Care, which is based in Kingaroy, was given $17,000 to purchase a new car to better service clients in the Nanango area.

The Nanango Stags rugby league football club was given almost $18,000 to build a small, covered grandstand at Fred Kassulke Oval.

The Nanango Historical Society – who hosted the grants ceremony – was given almost $47,000 to completely paint Ringsfield House inside and out, and repair and repaint the roof.

The Nanango Men’s Shed project, which is being developed on land belonging to the Baptist Church on Mt Stanley Road, was given $56,500 which will allow construction of the shed to start.

However, the big winner on the day was “Heritage Lodge”,  a joint project between South Burnett CTC and the Heritage Community Branch Nanango.

Heritage Lodge is a specialised community housing project being developed jointly by CTC and Heritage.

The project received $100,000 in last year’s Heritage Community Grants and received another $130,000 this year.

Representing South Burnett CTC were Paz Remalante, Pearly Paz and Esther Ross

Andrew Black, Jane Hodgkinson and Wendy Zerbst, from the Heritage Community Bank Nanango, with Ros Gregor, Gloria Fleming and Kayleen Bochmann from the Nanango Historical Society, owners of Ringsfield House

Lola McNamara and Val Tebble, from the Nanango Sporting Association, with Barrie Tebble and Netta Bainbridge, from the Nanango Kennel Club

Gloria Kirkness, Sue Wallis and Barry Green, from the Mardi Gras committee, with Graham Archdall, at back, from the Heritage Community Bank

The South Burnett Gas Guzzlers Rods and Customs will be using their grant to build a clubhouse

Maitland Collins, Pat Collins, Judy Sanders, Amy Sanders, Tania Strachan, Stacey Sanders and Danielle Strachan from the Nanango Hack and Pony Club

Grant recipients were:

  • Sing Australia Kingaroy – advertising banner – $300
  • Nanango & District Camera Club – computer programs – $1100
  • Bullcamp Rural Fire Brigade – pump and hoses – $1129
  • Maidenwell Rural Fire Brigade – radios for communication during callouts – $2131
  • Nanango Hack & Pony Club – barbecue, tent, mounting block – $2028
  • Combined Churches of Nanango – Christmas Tree Festival – $2500
  • South Nanango Rural Fire Brigade – air-conditioning for the District training room – $2545
  • Anglican Parish of Nanango – painting, renovation of Churchyard Shop – $3971
  • Nanango Bowls Club – security screens and doors – $5473
  • Nanango Amateur Swimming Club – new equipment – $6107
  • Nanango All Breeds Kennel Club – develop an earth dog testing area – $6205
  • Nanango State School P&C – renovations – $7864
  • South Burnett Western Performance – hire facilities for events – $8000
  • Nanango & District Aeromodellers Inc – clubhouse – $8000
  • Nanango Art Society – Heritage Nanango Arts Festival – $9000
  • Nanango Show Society – Heritage Nanango Country Muster – $10,000
  • SBcare – Vehicle – $17,136
  • Nanango Rugby League Football Club – grandstand – $17,997
  • Nanango State School – reading resources – $20,000
  • Funfest/Mardi Gras – Mardi Gras – $20,000
  • Nanango Gas Guzzlers, Rods & Customs – clubhouse – $22,192
  • Lions Club – Mobile kitchen/catering caravan – $23,000
  • Nanango Sporting Association – renovate canteen – $35,898
  • Nanango State High School – fans and curtains for school hall – $40,000
  • Nanango Historical Society – painting and roof repairs at Ringsfield House – $46,674
  • Men’s Shed Project/Baptist Church – Men’s Shed – $56,500
  • South Burnett CTC – Heritage Lodge – $130,000

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