Red Earth general manager Melinda Jones with Cr Scott “Hook” Henschen and Acting Mayor Gavin Jones at the October final of the South Burnett Mental Health Golf Challenge last year

January 22, 2024

Applications have been invited for grants from the $70,000 raised at last year’s South Burnett Mental Health Golf Challenge.

Red Earth Community Foundation is handling the distribution of the funds raised from the year-long series of golf competitions, organised by South Burnett councillors Gavin Jones and Scott Henschen.

Round 1 was played last March at the Blackbutt Golf Course. Monthly rounds then followed at Proston, Kumbia, Wondai, Kingaroy, Nanango and Murgon golf clubs before the final at Kingaroy last October.

The councillors had set a target of $50,000 for the project but support kept on growing.

“Golfers, golf clubs, businesses, industry and individuals all pitched in with sponsorships or donations of auction items. ‘Hook’ and I could not hold back the tears of appreciation when the numbers were tallied at the final event at the Kingaroy Golf Club,” Acting Mayor Jones said.

The funds collected are now ready to be distributed.

Individuals, businesses and organisations based in the South Burnett or Cherbourg have been invited to apply for funding towards a local mental health initiative.

The application form and funding guidelines are available on Red Earth’s website

“These funds provide an opportunity for unique and tailored mental health initiatives to be rolled out across the South Burnett and Cherbourg areas,” Acting Mayor Jones said.

Red Earth general manager Melinda Jones said it was the Foundation’s privilege to auspice the fundraiser and provide administration support.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday, February 11.

They will be reviewed by a committee, with announcements and awarding of the funds scheduled for the week beginning February 19.


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