by Peter Carruthers
THE Whitsunday Sporting Car Club and the Proserpine Country Women's Association are the big winners in the latest round of funding offered by the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
The Palaszczuk Government announced $12.4 million for 600 community groups, including $604,921 for Mackay and Whitsunday groups.
The Whitsunday Sporting Car Club received $32,000 and the CWA $9111.30.
Club president Mike Brown said the grant was a significant amount and they were pleased to receive funding.
The Midge Point and Whitsunday Volunteer Marine Rescue groups were also big winners and received $24,000 and $35,000 respectively.
The Whitsunday Sailing Club and the Whitsunday Organic Community Garden also received money through the grants.
Garden secretary Jessa Lloyd said the funding announcement coincided with a groundswell of support and would be used to install a bore, solar pumps and tool shed at the Galbraith Park site in Cannonvale.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D'Ath said applications for the next round would open later in July.
"Community groups can also apply online for these grants worth between $500 and $35,000,” Ms D'Ath said.