Stanmore Coal recently contributed more than $50,000 to Central Queensland schools, local community groups, clubs and not-for-profit organisations as part of its 2020 round one Isaac Plains Community Grant Program.
Grants of up to $5,000 were available through the program for initiatives that support young people in the region, highlight community health and wellbeing, provide opportunities for Indigenous engagement and support the environment.
Moranbah community radio station 4RFM was one of 17 grant recipients to receive funding, which will be used to help support its junior school radio program.
“The aim of the program is to give our local children a voice in the community by allowing students from Moranbah State School and Moranbah East State School an hour each week on air,” said 4RFM Station Manager Brianna Baggow.
“With the current restrictions in place, the funding will allow us to purchase a H5 recorder that can be shared by the schools for the kids to do their recordings from the classroom, until they can start attending the station in person.
“Importantly, the program helps to build confidence and self-esteem, and improve literacy skills in a small group setting. There is also an opportunity for those students who have an interest in communication or media to progress and transition into our Project Y program once they reach high school.
“We recently completed a six-month trial of the program and it was a huge success, so we’re thrilled we’re able to continue thanks to the Isaac Plains Community Grant.”
Since the start of this financial year, Stanmore has contributed more than $62,700 to organisations across the Central Queensland region, both through the Isaac Plains Community Grant Program and through key partnerships with local groups. Most recently, Stanmore committed $30,000 to Fauna Rescue Whitsundays as part of a three-year partnership to protect native wildlife.
Stanmore Coal General Manager Operations, Bernie O’Neill, said the team was overwhelmed with the response to the grants program.
“This was certainly one of our most successful grant rounds to date and I commend applicants on their high-calibre submissions,” he said.
“As a mine owner, we are committed to our environmental and social responsibilities, and we look forward to seeing these fantastic local initiatives and programs come to fruition.”
Online applications for round two community grants will open on 1 July 2020 and close on 31 July 2020.
For more information about the Isaac Plains Community Grants Program, visit our Community area at www.stanmorecoal.com.au/community-area.