Dysart reaps union generosity

Dysart Amateur Boxing Club’s Dean Thacker, Greg Jack, Colin Bertram and Matthew Jack with the lodge members.
Dysart Amateur Boxing Club’s Dean Thacker, Greg Jack, Colin Bertram and Matthew Jack with the lodge members.

STILL reeling from the radical decision to close Norwich Park mine, the Dysart community has received various financial boosts, thanks to the generosity of its unionised members.

CFMEU Norwich Park lodge on Friday donated $100,000 to a number of local organisations, which secretary Frank Johnston said was a way for members to show their gratitude to the town that had supported them through the bitter 20-month dispute with resource giant BMA.

"The people of Dysart have been wonderful to us and we wanted to put something back," Mr Johnston said.

He said whispered speculation and rumours continued to flow throughout Dysart about the mothballed Norwich Park mine, but regardless of the site's future a recent monthly union meeting voted to dispense funds to the community.

Ten television sets were donated to the Dysart Hospital to be installed in the facility's wards, and three air-conditioning units were given to the dedicated women at St Vincent de Paul for the shop.

The Dysart State High School's valedictory committee and other groups within the school received cheques, as well as the swimming club, primary school parents and citizens committee and tennis, karate and rotary clubs, among many others.

"It was all very laid-back," Mr Johnston said of the evening's proceedings.

"After the suggestion was made to donate the money back to the community, it all came together for us and we were able to say thanks to those who supported us."

Another cheque presentation will be made in the coming weeks to the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter servuce.

"There's still more to go, with the $25,000 cheque to go to the CQ rescue chopper," Mr Johnston said.

"Everyone was very grateful for what we did, which was nice."

A total of $100,000 in donations will be shared among 23 community groups and organisations.

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