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4 December, 2020
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    Grants Supporting The Community

    Members of Bella Capella Community Choir during a virtual rehearsal. © Lezel Snyman.

     

    Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) has contributed more than $130,000 in the form of community, business and arts grants and Deputy Mayor Kevin Cardew is pleased with the support they have been able to provide.

     

    ‘Last financial year we provided 117 grants to assist organisations and individuals with their community events, activities, sporting and other endeavours and opportunities.

     

    ‘We’ve injected more than $55k into the community in the form of cash grants, in-kind assistance and fee relief’ he said.

     

    Gina Raccanello, coordinator of the ‘Brain Wave, Empowering You and Your Health’ event, was a recipient of a community grant.

     

    ‘Our event was a huge success, partly thanks to TRC’s in-kind grant for facility hire,’ Ms Raccanello said.

     

    Riley Vallance also appreciated the donation towards travel expenses to attend the Order of Australia Association’s Student Citizenship Awards.

     

    ‘It was such an honour to be presented with the award in person by His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, and the grant from TRC helped make the trip to Brisbane possible,’ Mr Vallance said.

     

    ‘Our Economic Development Fund provides grants up to $5000 for eligible parties to undertake activities that will help grow business, investment and employment in the region,’ said Deputy Mayor Cardew.

     

    ‘Supporting local businesses is important to us and these grants are one way that we can do this.

     

    ‘Last financial year we provided $20,000 to four businesses and associations,’ he said.

     

    Paul Chiari from Tablelands IT Pty LTD received $5000 for his Digital Currency Adoption project that helped local businesses tap into digital currencies via a simple point of sale system.

     

    ‘The grant provided by TRC enabled us to implement the TravelByBit digital currency merchant system free of charge for a number of local businesses, and to hold an information night for the community.

     

    ‘The marketing reach of TravelByBit (now part of Travala) showcases the region to a growing number of travellers looking to spend digital currencies on their next holiday,’ said Mr Chiari.

     

    CEO of TravelByBit Caleb Yeoh agreed, saying, ‘Covid has highlighted the need to reimagine how the tourism industry operates and how digital contactless payments are going to play a bigger part of the future.

     

    It is amazing that TRC and the local community have proactively explored new technologies with us to reach new markets.’

     

    The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) provided nearly $45,000 to assist professional and emerging artists and art practitioners with their training, professional development and community projects.

     

    The fund is a Queensland Government partnership, through Arts Queensland and TRC.

     

    ‘It’s great to see several cultural and historical projects, across 16 projects and development opportunities, receiving funding this year,’ said Deputy Mayor Cardew.

     

    Bella Capella Community Choir director Christina Bahrdt spoke of the benefit of the RADF grant the choir received.

     

    ‘During the weeks of physical distancing the Bella Capella Community Choir stayed connected through digital media while learning, singing and recording a specially arranged piece of music.

     

    ‘A RADF grant from TRC made it possible to engage a professional video editor at various stages of the process and the result was a final video that is a treasured memento of our singing in lockdown,’ Ms Bahrdt said.

     

    The Community Grants Program for 2020–21 is taking applications now and the next round of RADF opens next month.

     

    ‘These grant programs are a great chance for the community to further their experiences, provide support and development, and make the best of available opportunities, and I encourage you to apply,’ said Deputy Mayor Cardew.

    Brain Wave, Empowering You and Your Health event coordinator Gina Raccanello and volunteer Michele Creecy. © Rebel Warren.

    Riley Vallance with His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC.

     

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