The Laidley District Historical Society has received a boost to continue its work in the local community after receiving a Commonwealth Grant.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz congratulated the Laidley District Historical Society, which is among 39 community organisations to share in $151,101 under the Volunteer Grants Program.
Laidley District Historical Society received $5,000 for landscaping and gardening equipment and power and construction tools.
Vice President John Barwell said the money would be used to continue the Society’s efforts at the Laidley Pioneer Village and Museum.
“We partner with Rural Studies students from the Laidley State High School to create a historically significant space that the whole community can enjoy, it’s a win-win,” Mr Barwell said.
“With the help of the students we have big plans to create the pioneer community vegetable garden, put up retaining walls and build tables and planter pots.”
Year 12 student Zoe England said her favourite days at school were the Thursdays and Fridays she and a small group of students spent working with the Society.
“I really enjoy being here, the people are great, the school credits us for the work we are doing, we’re learning new things and we’re making a difference,” she said.
“After I finish school I would like to come back and volunteer with the Society.”
Mr Buchholz thanked the Laidley District Historical Society for their work in the community.
“The Laidley District Historical Society should be commended for the work it does with students from the local high school for the local community and I’m so glad we as a government can help boost the capacity of our local volunteers through this grant,” Mr Buchholz said.
“Without our local volunteers many of our local services would cease to exist, they are invaluable members of our community.”