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190630: Easternwell Grants Program – closing 30th June

Easternwell grants program to support local communities

Easternwell, a subsidiary of Broadspectrum, has opened its community grants program and is encouraging groups, clubs and associations to apply for funding of up to $2,000.

Established in 2011, the program provides financial and social assistance in regions where Easternwell has key operations including the Surat Basin, Toowoomba, Roxby Downs and Pilbara.

Designed to support groups, clubs and associations that are making a difference in their community, Easternwell has delivered a helping hand to 224 organisations said Chief Executive for Resources, Tim Phelan.

“Last year our grass-roots program provided funding for all sorts of initiatives including purchasing sporting equipment, building supplies, resources for multiple educational programs, essential furniture, tools as well as specialist medical equipment for a hearing outreach program.”

“We strive to build regional strength by supporting social activities in the communities where we work, and our grants program is just one of the ways we’re creating lasting benefits for community organisations that need it most.”

Since establishing the program, Easternwell has awarded more than $123,000 to 73 organisations in the Surat Basin region including Wandoan Community Commerce & Industry, St George Community Men’s Shed, Jandowae Pony Club, South West Indigenous Networks, Chinchilla Community Centre, Roughlie Community Centre and Chinchilla Squash Club.

Easternwell is encouraging people who are involved with community groups to apply for funding to assist with genuine need projects to support the sustainability of community services.

Applications must be received before 30 June 2019. For more information visit

Easternwell is a subsidiary of Broadspectrum, providing innovative solutions across the social, defence, property, infrastructure, resources and industrial sectors.

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190701: Arts Ablaze Conference Grants – closing 1st July

HAVE YOUR CHANCE TO ATTEND THE ARTS ABLAZE CONFERENCE    Maranoa Regional Council together with South West Queensland Regional Arts are providing five x $400 grants for volunteers within the Maranoa community to attend the 2019 Arts Ablaze conference at the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley from Wednesday, 2 October 2019 to Friday, 4 October 2019.  Arts Ablaze is a conference focused on the transformation of regional communities and arts practice through attitudes, access, people and places.  The conference will highlight: First Nation projects and perspectives, panel discussions and forums, PechaKucha sessions from Regional Arts Projects across Queensland, funding options, what our major art organisations can offer the regions, exhibitions, site activations, conference cocktail function, conference Arts Dinner, facilitated networking events and much more. “Council are committed to supporting the many active volunteer arts and culture groups in our region, and one way we can do this is by assisting with skill development. We encourage local groups to nominate one of their members to receive the bursary, which is being funded by the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program.” The group executive will need to fill in an application form and submit to the Local Development Officer – Roma by 5pm on Monday, 1 July 2019. Early Bird registrations for the 2019 Arts Ablaze conference are now open and are available until the 11 July.  Successful applicants are responsible for their own registrations. For more information about the Arts Ablaze Conference, please visit!tab=registrationPlease note the bursary does not cover the full cost of the whole conference. The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Maranoa Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.  


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190803: Roma Historical Precincts Inc. – Saturday 3rd August – Open Day


Saturday 3rd August – Open Day – more details to follow


The Roma Historical Precincts Inc. (RHPI) was formed to collect, preserve, and research, interpret and exhibit material evidence of cultural significance in Roma and the surrounding district.

We aim to be a formally recognised cultural precinct and share visionary objectives, to present excellence in cultural heritage, while delivering educational, community and cultural benefit. To achieve this, we manage and care for significant cultural heritage collections. The strategic plan recognises the opportunity to create a true cultural hub; uniting the community behind a clear direction, allocating scarce resources to agreed priorities and consolidating key initiatives and goals.

The association’s role is to collect, preserve, and research, interpret and exhibit material evidence of cultural significance in Roma and the surrounding district.

If you have any information, photos, plans, drawings or items that pertain to the Butter Factory in Roma could you please contact Ray Howson on 0499 996 449 or Maree Worland 0422 574 897

Monthly meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Statement of Purpose

 We aim to:

  • Be a World Class, Leading Visitor Experience – To operate as a cultural heritage precinct in Roma and contributing to Roma & Districts growth as a regional tourism hub.
  • Inspire, Delight & Surprise – Present excellence in cultural heritage through Innovative programming, exhibitions and events.
  • Celebrate our Place – Collect and conserve our region’s history and heritage for the benefit of future generations. Tell our stories through our collections.
  • Build Connections –  Be regarded as a valued and integral community asset with community ownership.
  • Support lifelong learning – Maintain an educational role in the community.
  • Invest in Culture – Contribute economic benefit to the community by supporting local history and cultural heritage.  “

From the Roma Historical Precincts Inc. Strategic Plan

Membership: $10 per year.  Individuals, groups and clubs are very welcome to join!

For more information:


Facebook Page: Roma Historical Precincts Inc.

Facebook Group: Roma Historical Precincts Inc. (Group)




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190831: NDIS and Carers Research – closing 31st August

The experience of carers is often overlooked, and rural carers may experience particular challenges in their efforts to care for their loved one. This research will provide much needed insight and understanding of the particular experience rural carers have and will contribute to the body of literature in this area.

I am specifically hoping to reach carers in rural QLD communities who are caring for someone with a mental health condition/psychosocial disability, and who may be under the NDIS, considering the NDIS, not wanting to join the NDIS, or have been deemed ineligible.

The project involves a 1-hour interview via teleconference at the carer’s convenience and is conducted as part of a Masters thesis for a Clinical Psychology student at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba.

To participate: contact the Principal Investigator, Tina Blizzard, via email:, or call 0417 176 947.

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191210: Roma Toy Library – 2nd Tuesday of Each Month

Roma Toy LibraryToy Library Dates

We will be open from 9-11am on the second Tuesday of every month at the Church of Christ, 119 Currey St, Roma. Membership is free and families can borrow 3 sets of toys per month. Come and enjoy!

The Roma Toy Library, offers families of all income levels free access to a library of high-quality educational toys on loan to children aged 0-5 years.

We accept donations of good used toys, ranging from wooden toys to outdoor gross motor toys. Categories include sand play, water play, musical play, pretend play, pretend play (eg animal figurines, doll houses, dress up clothes, pretend food), outdoor gross motor play (eg tricycles, see-saws, skipping rope), fine motor play (eg threading wooden beads, wooden blocks), play with words (eg finger puppets, themed puzzles).

General guidelines for donated toys:

  1. Favour natural materials where possible. These are often more durable than plastic and provide a more varied tactile experience for children.
  2. Toys must durable enough (i.e. of high enough quality) to withstand repeated use by multiple families over the years.
  3. Favour toys that are ‘passive’ and allow the child to play actively. This means usually avoiding electronic or battery-operated toys.

Monetary donations can also be made at

If you can help with any of the above, we would be so grateful! Please contact Nat Cooksley on 0448177797 or on the Roma Toy Library Facebook page.


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ANZ Seeds of Renewal – Opening 2nd July 2018

ANZ Seeds of Renewal

This program opens on 2nd July 2018 when closing date will be confirmed.  Grants of up to $10,000 are made to not-for-profit community based organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate. Consideration will be given to projects contributing to the development of education and employment opportunities that benefit communities with a population of 15,000 people or fewer in rural, regional and remote areas. More information.

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Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme – Incubator Support

This initiative provides grant funding of up to $500,000 to new and existing incubators to deliver support services to Australian start-ups with an international focus in order to develop the capabilities required to succeed in international markets.   Ongoing.  More information.


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