Phil Matha with round 10 recipients

$50,000 in funding flows to local community projects

19 May 2017

Nine local community groups have received a funding injection from the Chinchilla Community Benefits Trust.

CS Energy and the Western Downs Regional Council today announced the projects that will share in the $50,000 made available through the tenth round of the Trust.

Successful projects in this round are from local art, youth, business and sporting groups, and will benefit a wide range of local community members.

The Chinchilla Community Benefits Trust was launched in 2004 to support the community throughout the construction of Kogan Creek Power Station and beyond.

CS Energy’s General Manager of the Kogan Creek Power Station, Phil Matha, said more than $1 million in funding, and 115 projects later, the Trust was continuing a legacy of enhancing the economic, cultural and social development of the Chinchilla area.

“The Kogan Creek Power Station is a long term part of the Chinchilla community, with many of our employees choosing to live in the area,” Mr Matha said. “We are proud to work in partnership with Council and the community and help keep Chinchilla a great place to live.”

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said the support of companies like CS Energy was essential for the region.

“Chinchilla has a wonderful community spirit with the majority of these groups run by dedicated volunteers,” she said.

“The work they do for the rest of the community is very commendable, and it’s great to see an organisation like CS Energy supporting the valuable work the groups do.”

Groups who received funding in Round 10 are:

Community group Project Funding from Trust
Lapunyah Art Gallery Fencing project to increase safety outside facilities $4,500
Chinchilla Army Cadets Trailer purchase  $6,500 
Brigalow Recreation Grounds Build sheltered area onto the canteen $5,000 
Chinchilla State School P&C Prep learning and play area rejuventation $5,000 
Chinchilla Concert Band Equipment purchase $5,000 
Chinchilla Junior Netball Association Court resurfacing and line marking $10,000 
Chinchilla Clay Target Club Upgrade to club house $7,000
Chinchilla Community Commerce and Industry Website and domain refresh $2,000 
Chinchilla Community Kindergarten Special needs program equipment $5,000