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Central West Queensland

Business & Rural

19 August, 2020

Community groups strike it rich

FOUR LOCAL community organisations have benefited from generous donations from the Biloela Medical Centre (BMC) Ltd.

FANTASTIC FUNDING ... Biloela Medical Centre board members Di Morris, Rosemary Munroe and Alan McTaggart present a cheque to Callide Dawson Special Needs Support Group president Donna Schluter and members Marion Meissner and Pam Semple. Photo: SUPPLIED

As part of a joint project with a private investor, community organisations and a private medical service provider, and with significant federal funding, BMC successfully facilitated the establishment and lease of the centre.

"The 12-consulting room medical centre opened in Biloela in July 2011," BMC board member Di Morris said.

"As BMC Ltd is now not required and will be wound up, funds held by BMC Ltd are being distributed for the benefit of this community."

The Biloela Dementia Action Alliance received a $25,000 donation from BMC.

The alliance is designed to raise awareness and understanding about dementia to better support those in our community who are experiencing dementia and those that care for them.

This generous donation will enable the alliance to work towards Biloela being a leader in dementia education in the region.

Thanks to a $100,000 donation from BMC, CQ Rural Health will be able to launch the Biloela Youth Mental Health and Well-being Project.

This project will give the young people of Biloela a voice, with CQ Rural Health working with members of the community meet the needs of local youth.

"We are so grateful to be given this opportunity and we would like to thank Biloela Medical Centre Limited not only for their generous donation, but also the fabulous work they have done for our community over the years," a CQ Rural Health spokesperson said.

Callide Dawson Special Needs Group also received $50,000 which will go towards providing educational programs to improve the care of people with a disability.

Meanwhile, Endeavour has been given funding to deliver services in conjunction with Callide Dawson Special Needs Support Group Inc.

Funds will help with access to virtual learning and support models for people with disabilities to enhance vital life skills, learning and development.

Funding may also include programs to bridge the gap for school leavers with disability to be work ready and transition into employment opportunities.

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