The Agnes Water/1770 Local Ambulance Committee will provide community resuscitation training and install Automatic Emergency Defibrillators (AEDs) in the community, while Wandoan State School will purchase digital technology equipment for students after receiving grants in the last round of the fund.
The QGC Communities Fund gives not-for-profit organisations and local governments in the Western Downs and Gladstone the opportunity to benefit from $10,001 to $50,000 of support for projects up to 12 months that enhance regional liveability.
Vice President External Affairs Joanne Pafumi said QGC was committed to helping develop strong, diversified economic growth and sustainability in communities where it operates.
“We’re excited to be involved with programs that help to enhance regional liveability by benefiting local people and organisations,” Ms Pafumi said.
“By focusing on skills development, service capacity and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education, we’re supporting communities to lay the foundations for a prosperous future.”
The types of projects eligible for support include training programs for employees and volunteers, new facilities and equipment to support STEM education, improvements to buildings or resources, events and festivals.
The current funding round opened on 1 February and closes on 31 March 2016, when applications will be assessed by panels comprising QGC and community representatives.
From the last round between August and September last year, grants worth about $422,530 were provided to help deliver 13 community projects. These included a total of about $216,550 granted to seven groups in Gladstone and about $205,980 to six groups in the Western Downs.
In Agnes Water, a $15,463 grant is enabling the Local Ambulance Committee to purchase four defibrillators and to train people in the use of the units and in bystander CPR.
Local Ambulance Committee President Josie Meng said providing rural communities with access to AEDs and CPR training could help save the life of someone suffering cardiac arrest.
“It often takes more than an hour and a half to get to hospitals in the region so having access to AEDS and being trained in bystander CPR could actually help save somebody’s life,” Ms Meng said.
“We’re rolling out CPR awareness programs in schools and in the community so people are confident doing CPR and we’re also training some people living near to where the equipment will be installed so they know how to use the AEDs if the need arises.
“While we hope to never use them, we are pleased to be getting this equipment and are very thankful to QGC for their support of our initiative.”
Wandoan State School Principal Rowie Price said a $49,819 grant is allowing the school to purchase resources to be able to implement a Digital Technology Program with a focus on strong STEM skills.
“With this funding support we’ll be able to purchase equipment so our students can be involved in activities such as robotics, coding, laser cutting and 3D printing,” Ms Price said.
“The digital technology program will help develop skills in our students that will give them career opportunities in the digital space in the future.
“It will also help foster a local future workforce for our community that can tackle the challenges our local communities are facing – innovation and change.
“We’re also hoping to draw our community together and celebrate STEM in the community through showcase events at our local community centre where people can see the work produced from the equipment.
“We hope that by sharing the resources and knowledge we’ll be able to help people in the wider community to develop skills in this area as well,” she said.
Representatives from not-for-profit organisations and local governments can register for free information sessions about the fund through (freecall) 1800 030 443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Nominate your session from the list below.