Free hair-cuts, laser tag, movies and cool shirts are on the cards during Queensland Youth Week, thanks to Ipswich City Council community grants.

Arts and Community Development Committee Chairperson Cr Kylie Stoneman said funds under the Community Development Program had gone to:

  1. Goodna Youth Services Inc: $2500 towards the cost of undertaking Queensland Youth Week activities in April. Goodna Youth Services proposes to hold laser tag on 6 April; a BBQ lunch, including a motivational speaker, entertainment and free haircuts on 11 April; and a movie night on 13 April with more than 300 young people expected to attend.
  2. Searchlight Education Springfield: $800 towards the cost of polo shirts for participants of the Bandji Boys Program. SES is a registered charity, which administers Hymba Yumba Coomunity Hub, a co-education Indigenous school at Springfield. Participants of Bandji Boys are from different clan groups and the program for teenage boys focuses on cultural, social and emotional wellbeing.

“It is amazing to see the support from various organisations towards the city’s youth. The funds will help with their development,” Cr Stoneman said.

In addition, an allocation from the Cultural Grants Program has gone to:

  1. Music Heritage Ipswich Inc: $2000 towards the cost of staging a concert, Festival Gala Musicals of the Greatest Era, to be held at the Ipswich Civic Centre in April. Ipswich City Symphony will perform with Australian artists Silvie Paladino, David Hibbard and Ipswich singer Tim McCallum. Other performers will include members of a local dance school and local singers. 

Council allocated $140,000 to the Community Development Grants Program and $20,000 to the Cultural Grants Program in the 2017-18 Budget.

The programs provide funding to community based non- profit organisations for purposes including community infrastructure, purchase of equipment, organisational development, community development projects and festivals or events.  For more information on how to apply, visit www.ipswich.qld.gov.au

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