Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien chats with Wayne Farrell, right, and other members of the Cherbourg Men’s Shed during his recent visit (Photo: Wide Bay Electorate Office)

November 21, 2023

Four local groups have received support from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities and Volunteer Grants Programs.

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien visited Murgon and Cherbourg recently to congratulate the lucky recipients.

The Men’s Shed in Cherbourg has a new outdoor work space thanks to a $11,000 grant from the Stronger Communities Program.

Mr O’Brien said this had made it possible for them to lay a concrete floor and build a steel bench to create an outdoor work space suitable for participants with a disability.

“This has increased the usable space where men can participate in personal and community projects, access health information and resources, and support each other in meaningful activities,” Mr O’Brien said.

The South Burnett PCYC in Murgon has installed a new audio system with their $10,000 Stronger Communities grant.

Mr O’Brien said the club’s old system did not meet commercial standards, and the new Yamaha upgrade would service the gym facility used by the local community.

“I am pleased to be able to help the South Burnett PCYC. It’s an important place, offering sport, education, and employment and training opportunities for young people, giving them practical real life skills that they can apply to their family and community” Mr O’Brien said.

The Murgon RSL Sub-Branch received $2500 from the Stronger Communities Program to set up a website, creating an online one-stop shop where regional veterans and their families can access information on entitlements, welfare and advocacy services, and a calendar of important events.

“The Sub-Branch also received a $46,115 Veteran Wellbeing Grant to renovate their bathroom, making it accessible for people with a disability or using mobility aids, and $12,309 from the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grant program to support veterans and their families with wellbeing advocacy and compensation claims,” Mr O’Brien said.

The Murgon RSL Sub-Branch was also one of the 27 volunteer organisations in Wide Bay that shared $66,225 of funding from the 2022-23 Volunteer Grants Program.

Their $1000 grant provided first aid training for their volunteers, giving them the capacity to respond to medical emergencies.

Volunteers at Graham House Community Centre in Murgon also received training to help them in their community work thanks to a $2350 Volunteers Grant.

The grant funded training in vicarious trauma, providing Graham House’s volunteers with the skills to develop strategies that reduce or prevent secondary trauma when they are assisting clients in the community.

“Vicarious trauma can be an occupational challenge for people working and volunteering with victims of violence and other traumas,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Graham House assists the residents of the South Burnett with family support, emergency relief, counselling, intervention, and behavioural change programs.”

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Llew O’Brien’s visit to Murgon & Cherbourg:


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