Members of the Kilkivan Lodge had over a cheque to representatives from Kilkivan and District Community Care … from left, Dennis Parker, Lynda Sempf, Lodge secretary Ross Chapman, KDCC president Rosie Fitzgerald and Ian Groundwater (Photo: Supplied)

February 27, 2023

Plans to develop community housing for elderly residents in the Kilkivan region have received a major boost, thanks to the Kilkivan Masonic Lodge.

Lodge members Ian Groundwater, Dennis Parker and Ross Chapman presented Kilkivan and District Community Care with a cheque for $30,000 at a ceremony at Kilkivan Bowls Club on February 17.

Community Care president Rosie Fitzgerald said the donation was largest received so far for their ageing-in-place “Rise And Shine” project.

The project aims to support residents in the Kilkivan, Goomeri, Tansey and Woolooga areas.

Lodge members also distributed cheques on the night to the Kilkivan P-10 State School Cattle Team and the Kilkivan Bowls Club.

The cattle team received $10,000 to put towards the purchase of four led steers, uniforms and equipment.

Kilkivan Bowls Club received $7000 for an automatic coffee-making machine and to replace old crockery and cutlery.

Lodge secretary Ross Chapman said the funds came from the sale of the former Lodge building in Kilkivan.

The hall was sold in 2021 and the funds invested.

Kilkivan No 133 now meets at 19 Boonara Street, Goomeri.

In December, the Lodge donated $30,000 to assist the Kilkivan & District Historical Society.

Lodge members with members of the Kilkivan cattle team … front tow, from left, Addison Cooke, Luke Day, Parker Cooke and Chloe Mawhinney; back row, Dennis Parker, Tara Cooke, Luke Cooke, Lisa Mawhinney, Teresa Day, Isaac Day, Ian Groundwater and Ross Chapman (Photo: Supplied)
The Lodge also helped the Kilkivan Bowls Club … from left, Dennis Parker, Ross Chapman, Mavis O’Neill, Judy Farrow, Ian Groundwater, Gloria Baillie and Kevin Sempf (Photo: Supplied)

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