Young Ipswich footy stars winners in $13 million boost
YOUNG Ipswich footy players are among the major winners in more than $13 million worth of State Government funding handed out in time for Christmas.
Ipswich Jets are one of 10 community groups in Ipswich and Ipswich West divisions to have received a slice of the latest round of Gambling Community Benefit Fund Grants.
Part of the club's $16,800 boost will be spent on 1000 junior development footballs for kids who attend home games.
"That's obviously fantastic for our club and will allow us to purchase some equipment and in particular for our junior development program," Ipswich Jets CEO Jason Cubit said.
"People see us as the elite rugby league club in the region but it's not just about that, this funding is helping kids to access equipment like footballs.
"That's a really great thing for the whole community because I remember when I was a kid I never had a football at home. We used to have to share, we'd take turns as to who got to use it.
"There will be plenty of footies to go around for kids that come to our home games."
Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said Ipswich groups All Saints Anglican Church Booval, Ipswich and West Moreton Beekeepers Association, Ipswich Hospital Museum and Alara received a total of $56,000 from the fund.
"For some businesses Christmas is a time to wind down, relax and reflect on the year that was but this often isn't the case for our not-for-profit groups with local communities needing their support and services year round," said Ms Howard.
"Delivering this funding, including more than $30,000 for Alara to upgrade accessible facilities and nearly $18,000 to All Saints Anglican Church in Booval to install a FM hearing augmentation system, helps these community groups plan ahead with confidence for 2017."
Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden said he was pleased six community groups in the division were successful in their applications.
Somerset Vision Support, Lowood and District Community Kindergarten Association, Christian Reformed Church of Tivoli, Marburg and District Agricultural and Industrial Association and Corporation of the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane as well as Ipswich Jets shared in more than $74,000 of the funding.
"Sporting clubs are not just about kids running around a field I know from myself playing sport young people learn so many good life skills through sport so the more support your can give to sporting groups the better," Mr Madden said.