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October 26th 2005
State grants for Island groups

Zanita Davies Two Island organisations have been the beneficiaries of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. They are Magnetic Island history & Craft Centre Inc.(MIHCC) who have received $22,342 and the MI RSL Sub-Branch who received $5,800.

The MIHCC money will assist in building upgrades to Butler Hut.

Butler Hut was relocated by MIHCC in March 2005 when its beach front site was cleared to make way for development. Butler Hut is now located on the reserve land beside the old Picnic Bay school. The money has been made available through the Queensland State Government Gambling Community Benefit Fund following an application made by MIHCC management committee earlier this year.

'While the committee has been very busy organizing fundraisers like the Butler recipe book and the 2006 calendar, we've also spent time applying for available grant monies,' said MIHCC president Zanita Davies. 'Local State member Mike Reynolds provided full backing for our organization's application and ensured that the State Government saw our project worthy of its support.'

The grant will provide Butler Hut with an access ramp for the disabled as well as covering the costs of power and water connection to the hut. Other works covered by the grant include painting the inside of the building.

The Butlers provided the first available accommodation on Magnetic Island and Butler Hut was built by them in the early 1920s. Today it is the product of eight decades of changes reflecting visitor expectations and the availability of modern conveniences like power and water.

'This is a tremendous step forward to making Butler Hut accessible to the public. Butler Hut will provide a living history experience of the changes made to accommodation offered on Magnetic Island from the time of its very first guesthouse,' said Zanita Davies.

Plans for Butler Hut include its use as a venue for both permanent and changing historical exhibitions. Butler Hut will also house a public reading and reference room for material relating to the heritage of Magnetic Island

Mr John Becker, Vice President of the RSL Sub-branch told Magnetic Times, "The money will be used for a gas stove, cafeteria and kitchen ware at the RSL Hall in Arcadia. This wll enable us to hold more functions and will be suitable for emergency cooking use in case of a cyclone for instance."

John Becker added, "This is very much appreciated. It's a great use of gambler's money".

State grants for Island groups
October 27th 2005
What a great outcome for two very worthwhile organisations who are so important to the fabric of our community. I would urge anyone who has not got a copy of the lovely "Nell's recipes" book - which is also filled with pictures and anecdotes, to pick one up either from the Picnic Bay School Museum / Craft Shop - of at the stall at the monthly Horseshoe Bay Markets (last Sunday of every month).

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