The Coalition Government has committed an additional $22.5 million in Budget 2018-19 to continue the highly successful Stronger Communities Programme (SCP).

Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta, said the fourth round of the program would ensure funding was available for a range of important community infrastructure projects such as sporting facilities and community halls.

“Bonner has been very successful under previous rounds of the Stronger Communities Programme,” Mr Vasta said.

“In the first three rounds of the Stronger Communities Programme, I have been proud to secure $397,028 in Stronger Communities grants for 35 community groups—including school P&Cs, sports clubs, environmental groups, men’s sheds, and community kindergartens—in my electorate.”

Mr Vasta said the additional investment for a fourth round of SCP would ensure that local decision-making continues to play a decisive role in funding community building projects. He encouraged local community groups to start 

“The Coalition Government will fund up to 50 per cent of costs for successful projects from a pool of $150,000 in each electorate, delivering more than 1,000 further projects in this round.

“Grants will be available between $2,500 and $20,000 for successful applications and I will soon invite organisations within the community to put forward their high-quality projects for assessment.”

“This Budget continues the Coalition Government’s commitment to building strong communities with extensions to vital community grants programs that invest directly in economic and social infrastructure,” Mr Vasta said.

Successful Round 3 Stronger Communities projects included: 

Guides Queensland Upgrade of flooring    $8,910 
Silky Oaks Children's Haven Upgrade of community hub facilities    $9,475
Tingalpa and District Kindergarten and Association Upgrade and repair of adult toilets    $2,574
The Sporting Shooters Association Australia (Brisbane) Upgrade of car park    $20,000
Manly Community Kindergarten Association Inc Build a Sensory Space    $2,521
Rochedale State High School P&C Association Stadium seating    $20,000
Wynnum General Gordon Community Preschool Rejuvenation of outdoor play space    $6,750
EDit Group Purchase of portable coffee station    $6,000
Mackenzie State Primary School P&C Association  Upgrade of school sporting oval    $6,700
Mt Gravatt Men's Shed Construction of veranda    $6,630
Wondall Heights State School P&C Association Netball facilities upgrade    $18,094
Guardian Angels' Primary School P&F Association Upgrade of oval    $10,000
Tingalpa State School P&C Association School hall upgrade    $11,500

For more information on the Stronger Communities Programme visit: or call 3893 3488.

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