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Thursday, 17 March 2016
Page: 3506


Ms GAMBARO (Brisbane) (13:38): I rise to speak today about the Stronger Communities Program which is in the process of being finalised in my electorate of Brisbane. The program has funded capital works for not-for-profit organisations. It has been an absolutely wonderful program, connecting the community to government, and I very much hope to see it continue into the future.

Among the very successful candidates have been the Crosby Park Meals on Wheels, who received $6,000 for a kitchen floor replacement; the Polonia Polish Club, who received $18,000 in disability access for their community centre; and Wilston Grange Australian Football Club, who received $20,000 for field and ground equipment. Further, C&K Clayfield Pre-prep will have $9,500 for a wonderful shade sail replacement. The Northern Suburbs Bridge Club will receive $6,000 for much-needed toilets and other amenities. The Community Place will receive $18,000 to convert their garden shed into a truly wonderful community space.

This is why I got into politics—to make a difference at the local level. It is great to see taxpayer dollars going to programs that will benefit the whole community. There are many more successful applicants that will be announced, and I look forward to working with them on these wonderful projects into the future.