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10 June 2019
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Nexus Together funds assist local communities well into the future

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Nexus Toghether funds

Since construction works began on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) in 2016, 18 not-for-profit organisations along the project corridor have received funds to support positive community outcomes through the Nexus Together community giving program.

A grant provided through Nexus Together has allowed the Gowrie State School P&C Association to upgrade its after-school care kitchen facilities to match an increase in demand for service.

Gowrie State School P&C president Paul Judge said the service’s substantial growth had been created both through its enrolments and the addition of vacation care, which allowed families time to seek, gain and retain employment.

“Without our service, a lot of families’ ability to gain employment that fits around normal school hours would be inhibited,” Paul said.

“Given the scale of our service, and its not-for-profit status, providing this essential service for our community, growing it to meet an increase in demand and remaining relevant to our community’s needs, requires ongoing facility improvements and upgrades.

“We want to keep fees at reasonable levels, and this requires strategic thinking and revenue streams from outside of the service.

“So really, the injection of funds from Nexus acts as a payback to the community.”

Gowrie State School P&C secretary Carla Kiely said the service was now able to expand without taking funds from its core operations which would have lasting community benefits.

“This grant and the partnership between Nexus and Gowrie P&C will have benefits well beyond the actual purchase of the kitchen equipment,” Carla said.

“It will be recognised and appreciated by the community for a considerable time.”

Nexus Delivery project director Mike Millar said he was pleased to see Nexus Together funds were being used to assist local families find time to get ahead.

“Upgrading after-school care kitchen facilities to create long-term community benefits is one of the strategic ways Nexus Together funds have been used,” Mike said.

“We wish the Gowrie State School P&C the very best for a bright future.”

Funding for the fourth and final round of Nexus Together has been delivered.

For more information on the Nexus Together sponsorship program and other successful initiatives, visit http://nexusTSRC.com.au/community/sponsorship/