The Gulf Area Community (in North West Queensland) has received a boost of over $300,000 from Queensland Community Foundation’s Gulf Area Community Social Development Fund (GACSDF) which aims support the local community in Waanyi, Mingginda, Gkuthaarn and Kukatj country, and people within Burke Shire Council, Carpentaria Shire Council, Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire and Mornington Shire Council.

The grants include a wide range of important community projects, including new playground equipment at Mornington Island State School, renovations on low cost housing for indigenous families, a gazebo for aged care residents, a club house upgrade and new footy jerseys for under privileged players at the Normanton Rugby League Football Club ‘The Stingers’, shade for multi-purpose courts at Burketown State School, vital swim lessons for community elders, Mums and Bubs at Doomadgee, cultural festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Doomadgee Rodeo, and a Yalari scholarship for a Year 7 student from Normanton to go to St Hilda’s Girls School on the Gold Coast in 2020.

This bright young lady from Normanton State School, applied and was accepted in the Yalari Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship Y7 -12. She is a Waanyi-Garawa girl who lives at home with her parents and younger sister. Through the Yalari scholarship program she will be supported for the six years of secondary education at St Hilda’s Gold Coast, one of Yalari’s partner boarding schools.

“The opportunity to gain confidence in herself, share her culture and learn about the world outside of her hometown, while always remembering where home is remains at the core of any Yalari educational scholarship for young Indigenous children,’ said Llew Mullins, Yalari Managing Director and Co-Founder.

Congratulations to all of the 2020 grant recipients, we hope these grants will make a huge difference to the communities of the Gulf Area.

This sub fund was set up in 2010 and has so far distributed $2.4M to 94 projects in The Gulf Area.  If you would like to make a donation to this sub fund, or any of our subfunds visit www.qcf.org.au