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Powell Media Release – LNP pledges more funding for local community groups (27 February 2012)

THE LNP today pledged $4 million to support Queensland community groups with grants up to $5000 and volunteer groups with grants up to $15,000 through its Caring for our Community program.

LNP Member for Glass House Andrew Powell said the LNP’s Caring for our Community program would provide community and volunteer groups with $4 million for small grants over three years to help them buy equipment to support Queenslanders in need.

“Our community groups and their volunteers make a valuable contribution to Queensland society – and we will act to support their activities,” Mr Powell said.

“The LNP has a positive plan to get Queensland back on track and grow our four-pillar economy, because we understand that getting these basics right will revitalise the delivery of the front line services that Queensland families need.

“We’ll help community and volunteer groups with our Caring for our Community small grants program that will offer separate grants of up to $5000 and up to $15,000 depending on the needs of particular community groups.

“The LNP understands that many of our generous volunteers reach into their own pockets to fund equipment, a cost they can hardly afford as the cost of living spirals under the Bligh Government.

“Under the tired, 20-year Labor Government’s broken record of empty promises, many community and volunteer organisations can’t afford the equipment upgrades they need to do their jobs and meet compliance standards.

“Whether it’s a new printer, computer, a new fridge or microwave, the cost of equipment mounts up quickly for community groups – and the LNP is committed to supporting these groups with grants of up to $5000.

“For more significant equipment upgrades, such as making food preparation areas compliant with regulations, grants of up to $15,000 will be available.”

Mr Powell said the program would be simple and effective.

“We are going to help community organisations and they won’t be hit with onerous paperwork.

“We anticipate around 600 grants would be made available through the program.

“But for this to happen there must be a change of government.  It’s time for a change, but this change won’t happen by itself.

“With your help a strong and united LNP Government will getQueenslandback on track,” Mr Powell concluded.

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