At its most recent meeting Council approved $6,289 in donations to a variety of community activities.

The Mareeba Theatre Group has been given $2000 toward installing a permanent stage and a modified doorway at their leased premises in the former bowls club building at 70 Constance St.

Mareeba Flexi District Support Association received $1600 for the purchase of materials to set up and stock a stall at local markets to assist in empowering people with disabilities.

Also funded were the Atherton State High School ($171 for the delivery and collection of a red carpet for the end-of-year school formal) and Ozcare Aged Care Facility (no charge for the provision of chairs and tables for a Christmas lunch) and Phil Peachey, on behalf of the Presbyterian worship group in Dimbulah ($18 for remittance of fees).

A Youth Achievement Grant of $200 was provided to Eric Wallace, 10, to take part in the Australian Junior Sedan Titles in Western Australia.

Youth achievement grants of $100 each were provided to Geordie Kruyssen (selected to play in the Under 19 North Queensland Club Championships for cricket), Brandon Green (selected to participate in the Under 14 Cricket State Championships) and Finlay Green (selected to participate in the Schoolboys Under 12 State Cricket Championships).

Cr Hodge also requested $2,000 be provided to the Atherton Mountaineers Aussi Masters Swim Club towards remittance of fees, and this was agreed to by a majority of Councillors.

Council also agreed to review the TRC Financial and In Kind Support Policy early in 2014, including giving consideration as to whether major projects should be funded. The current funding limit is $2,000.

Priority would be given to projects where the community organisation making application was planning to use Council’s donation to leverage other grants.