Two Gold Coast Community Centres receive funding boost

Two Gold Coast Community Centres have managed to secure funding as part of the Queensland Government’s Thriving Queensland Communities Grants program.

Girls aged 12 to 16 will be able to partake in a creative personal development project at the Varsity Lakes Community Resource Centre after they received a $7980 grant.

As part of the program, the girls will produce a high-quality magazine which will highlight the talents of young women.


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Community Development Program Officer Elli Gardner told myGC they were excited to be receiving the grant, and can’t wait to get the ‘Varsity Style’ program underway and start empowering young ladies.

“By encouraging disengaged young girls to gain a sense of community through participation, this gives them a voice and outlet,” she said.

“Building self-esteem and self-worth in people empowers them, which in turn gives them the ability to encourage others.

“We would like to build on Varsity Style and encourage more youth to engage with the centre.”

The Nerang Neighbourhood Centre also received a grant of $5465, which will go towards upgrading their phone and internet services.

Nerang Neighbourhood Centre manager Vicky Rose told myGC the grant will help bring the centre into the 21st century.

“We are completely overhauling our IT system so we can be more responsive,” she said.

“As a not-for-profit organisation, we just don’t have the money to upgrade our systems without a grant like this. This will help us immensely, as we will be able to respond to people in need and those in crisis more efficiently.”

For more information about Thriving Queensland Communities grants, including a list of recipients, visit communities.qld.gov.au/community/thriving-queensland-communities-grants

Carla is a full time journalist, presenter and announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au, joining the team towards the end of 2011. When she is isn’t busy presenting all of myGC’s videos, bringing you the latest news or chatting live on air, Carla will often be found scoping out the hottest local events. Carla holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Bond University, where she graduated with number of First in Class and Dean’s List of Academic Excellence awards. Carla is also a well-regarded MC, singer and actor. Some of her credits include hosting the Australia’s Next Top Model Queensland Auditions for Foxtel, guest starring on Toybox for Channel Seven, and performing as Mrs Banks in The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s production of Mary Poppins.

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