THE Gold Coast Woodturners will be able to do a good turn for even more people in the community after securing $5425 in Commonwealth funding towards two new woodturning lathes.
The community group – which will pitch in for the $10,851 project – will use the two new lathes to cater to a growing demand for woodturning classes locally.
The new lathes will boost the capacity of the club, which uses its 10 existing woodturning lathes for classes six times a week and needs more machines to service its booming membership.
The club has more than 100 members including more than 20 women and about a dozen teenagers, and is taking new membership applications every week.
Club secretary Jack Williams said securing the Commonwealth Stronger Communities program funding was a major boost.
“We are absolutely over the moon and so thankful to our Federal Member Scott Buchholz for helping us secure this funding which will be so beneficial to the community,” he said.
“We desperately needed these extra lathes because there is a major woodturning resurgence locally and our existing lathes are being used so much.”
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz congratulated the Gold Coast Woodturners on their success.
“The Woodturners give so much to the community by bringing together such a broad cross-section of society – boys and girls, men and women from 14 to 94 – and the work they do is instrumental in deadline with social issues like self-esteem, depression and stress,” he said.
“It is so good that this government can support the work the Gold Coast Woodturners do in the community and I’m proud to have been part of helping them secure this grant.”
Round two of the Stronger Communities program is currently open to applications and closes April 29, 2016.
For more information visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/scp
Applications must be made at https://gms.infrastructure.gov.au/UI/