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Guest speaker Angela Miles, from RACQ CareFlight Rescue, with Jane Hodgkinson, from the Heritage Nanango Community Branch

August 7, 2015

Life-saving defibrillator devices were given to 11 South Burnett organisations as part of $409,000 in funding grants announced by the Heritage Nanango Community Branch at the weekend.

The Heritage Nanango branch is a joint venture between Heritage Bank and Heritage Nanango Community Funding (HNCF), a not-for-profit group of volunteers.

Profits from the branch are shared between Heritage and HNCF, which distributes it share back to the community via funding grants.

The 2015 grants were announced in a ceremony at Ringsfield House on Sunday afternoon.

“Since last year’s funding round was announced, we have provided more than $409,000 in funding to the district,” HNCF chairman Wendy Zerbst said.

“This remarkable achievement would not have been possible without the support of the local residents and businesses that bank at Heritage Bank Nanango. Every dollar banked with us means HNCF can help community organisations with substantial projects like these, which benefit us all.”

A guest speaker at the event was Angela Miles, from RACQ CareFlight Rescue, who said the South Burnett was the service’s busiest region in Queensland, with 170 missions flown last year.

“That’s over $2 million worth of mission work,” she said.

Footnote: Angela was this week named a finalist in the 2015 Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network businesswoman of the year awards.

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$259,780 Main Funding Round (cheques presented on Sunday)

  • Anglican Parish of Nanango – Repaint church roof
  • Barambah Bowhunters and Field Archers Association Inc – Ablution Block
  • Bullcamp Rural Fire Brigade – Four metal lockable cabinets
  • Burnett Birdkeepers Association – Equipment for workshops and meetings
  • East Nanango Rural Fire Brigade – Zero turn mower and a brushcutter
  • Maidenwell Community Group – Construction and fitout of shed
  • Nanango Community Men’s Shed – Shipping container and fitout for timber storage
  • Nanango & District Aeromodellers Inc – Zero turn mower
  • Nanango & District Kindergarten – New fridge
  • Nanango District Ministers Fellowship – Christmas Carol function
  • Nanango & District Netball Association – Construct rebound wall and safety fence
  • Nanango Golf Club – Replace and upgrade water tanks at clubhouse
  • Nanango Playgroup – Assorted play equipment
  • Nanango Sporting Association – Upgrade shower cubicles in change rooms
  • Nanango Stamp Club – Annual Stamp Fair and newsletter sponsorship
  • Nanango State High School – Audio visual equipment
  • Nanango State School P&C – Catering / tuckshop urn
  • Nanango State School P&C 150yr Celebration Sub-Committee – 27 picnic table chairs and plaques
  • Nanango State School – Large fan for hall
  • Nanango State School “Playsmart” Playgroup – Assorted modern teaching aids
  • QCWA Elgin Vale – Replacement windows
  • Saint Patrick’s School P & F Assoc – Library air-conditioning
  • SB Care – Wesleyan Church kitchen, floor covering and air-conditioning
  • Scout Association of Australia  Nanango Sub-Branch – Restump two of buildings
  • South Burnett Community Orchestra Association Inc – Three customised timpani cases
  • South Burnett Endurance Riders Association Inc – Sponsorship of 2016 Endurance Rides
  • South Burnett Gas Guzzlers Rods & Customs Inc – Sponsorship of 2016 Raising Hell in Maidenwell
  • South Burnett Western Performance Club – Build enclosed safety zone and redesign entrance
  • Southern Cross Care Karinya – Brain Trainer program

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Other funding committed for 2015 ($97,059) and other funding since last round (not previously announced – $52,338)

  • Defibrillators to 11 community groups:

– Barambah Bowhunters and Field Archers
– Bullcamp Rural Fire Brigade
– Maidenwell Rural Fire Brigade
– Nanango Agricultural Pastoral & Mining (Show) Society
– Nanango Bowls Club
– Nanango & District Aeromodellers
– Nanango & District Netball Association
– Nanango Community Men’s Shed
– Nanango Golf Club
– South Burnett Gas Guzzlers Rods & Customs Inc; and
– South Burnett Western Performance Club

  • First Aid Course – 2015 First Aid Course provided for 27 residents
  • Funfest Committee – 2015 Mardi Gras New Year’s Eve
  • Hospital Health Care Activities – Providing computers and games to children in Kingaroy Hospital
  • Men’s Shed – Marquee
  • Nanango Agricultural Pastoral & Mining Society – Nanango Country Music Muster
  • Nanango Agricultural Pastoral & Mining Society – Nanango Show Fireworks & Portable Grandstands
  • Nanango & District Camera Club – Equipment, Workshops and Photographic Services
  • Nanango Netball – Brick Sponsorship for Wall
  • Nanango Race Club – Race Day Sponsorships and Portable Grandstands
  • Nanango Rugby League – Shorts Sponsorship
  • Nanango State School Student Council – Donation for Trees
  • South Burnett Endurance Riders – 2015 Blackbutt Endurance Rides
  • South Burnett Regional Council – 2015 SB Business Excellence Awards
  • South Burnett Regional Council – 2015 Film Festival

$409,000 ... the total distributed back to the local community by Heritage over the past 12 months

A defibrillator for the Nanango Men's Shed (Photo: Clive Lowe Photography)

SB Care secretary Bruce Jay and CEO Cheryl Dalton

The large crowd of grant recipients gathered under the shade sails in the gardens at Ringsfield House for the cheque presentations

Heritage Regional Sales and Service Manager (Northern Region) Kylie Jackson presents a defibrillator to Rhonda and Terry Mackrell, from the South Burnett Gas Guzzlers (Photo: Clive Lowe Photography)

From Nanango State High School ... school captain Jared Mathews, vice-captain Belle Flanigan, school captain Jasmine Kidman and vice-captain Darcy Beresford

Members of the East Nanango Rural Fire Brigade

From the Burnett Birdkeepers ... Mervyn Ludke, from Kingaroy, with Claire and Wally Sawatzki, Wattle Camp

Bev Hockey, Andrea Ashby and Ros Franz, from the Elgin Vale QCWA

Alan and May Prothero, from the Nanango Stamp Club

Representing the Barambah Bowhunters were Peter and Larissa Greensill, from Murgon (with Lachlan, 2) and Jenny and Ian Hetherington, from Kingaroy


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