Preliminary work on AGL's Coopers Gap Wind Farm has begun, and construction will move into full gear in early 2018 (Photo: AGL)

December 14, 2017

The Coopers Gap Wind Farm has begun to produce benefits for the towns located closest to it.

This week AGL announced the successful applicants for the first round of its Community Benefit Fund.

The fund has been set up by AGL to deliver grants to community organisations based in and around Kumbia, Bell and Jandowae for the next 27 years, the expected working life of the Coopers Gap Wind Farm.

Applications for the first round of grants closed on November 3.

Sucessful Round 1 applicants were:

  • Kumbia QCWA – $3900
  • Kumbia Kindy – $1100 to purchase a lawn mower
  • Kumbia Christmas Festival – $1000
  • Cooranga North First Aid – $2500
  • Bell State School P&C – $3000
  • Bell Community Centre – $3000
  • Bell Golf Club – $1500
  • Bell Show – $1500
  • Kaimkillenbun State School – $3000
  • Jandowae Swimming Club – $3000
  • Jandowae Timber Town Festival – $3000
  • Jandowae Youth Group – $1500
  • Jandowae Show – $1500

The grants were announced by Clare Wilkes, AGL’s Senior Manager for Government and Community Relations.

“I am very proud to work for a company like AGL which is committed to engaging with the local communities in which it operates,” Ms Wilkes said.

“The community fund is just a small part of what AGL is doing in the South Burnett.

“In addition to trying to source as much of the Coopers Gap project materials and services as possible from the regions surrounding the wind farm, AGL believes in community funds which help communities in the immediate local area around the company’s projects, too.”

Kumbia QCWA president Catherine Woodham told the group were very thankful to AGL for their $3900 grant.

The funds will be used to carry out improvements to Kumbia’s QCWA Rooms, which are widely used by the town’s residents and other groups.

“I think it’s great that Kumbia is being supported in this way,” Catherine said.

“Thanks to our region’s network of community banks, most other South Burnett towns already have a benefactor.

“And now, thanks to AGL, Kumbia has one too.”

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