Queensland community groups share in Powerlink funding

Community groups in Townsville, Queensland, have received a funding boost under Powerlink Queensland’s $112,000 Yabulu South to Ingham Community Benefits Program.

Energy Minister Stephen Robertson congratulated the six community groups from the Townsville City Council area who received cheques at an event held in late October.

“These local groups have received a funding boost to enable them to undertake worthwhile community projects in their local area,” Mr Robertson said.

“Projects funded under the Community Benefits Program include providing an incident control centre for the Bluewater Rural Fire Brigade and establishing a kitchen at Mutarnee State School.

Mr Robertson said 10 community groups in the Hinchinbrook Shire Council area had also received funding grants.

“Powerlink’s community benefits program provides tangible and lasting benefits to local communities near new transmission lines,” he said.

“The funding provided by Powerlink will go towards projects that may not have otherwise been possible and will help enhance local services and facilities for the benefit of the broader community.

“It’s good to see an organisation like Powerlink proactively building partnerships with important community groups and giving back to the communities where it operates.”

Powerlink chief executive Merryn York said Powerlink aimed to partner with local community groups to achieve lasting community benefits where new transmission lines are installed.

“Powerlink has nearly completed a project to replace the Yabulu South to Ingham transmission line, which was almost 50 years old,” Ms York said.

“The new line will help ensure a reliable supply of high voltage electricity continues to be maintained to Far North Queensland for many years to come.

“The construction of the replacement transmission line is well-advanced, and is expected to be completed in the coming months.

“Our community benefits program aims to ensure that the communities near this replacement transmission line benefit not only from a more secure supply of high voltage electricity, but from improved services and facilities in the region.”

Townsville City Council Mayor Les Tyrell welcomed the funding and praised community groups for their time.

“Community groups play such an important role in our everyday lives and it’s all thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers,” Cr Tyrell said.