Drought Communities Programme - Extension Grant - Warwick Gliding Club

Dear club members, 


Southern Downs Regional Council was allocated funding from the Australian Government through the Drought Communities Programme - Extension Grant to deliver economic stimulus and other benefits to drought-affected regions of Australia. The program is to support local community infrastructure and other drought relief projects for communities who have been impacted by drought. 


Warwick Gliding Club was successful in its grant application with almost $24,000 allocated for an infrastructure upgrade at our clubhouse. We are installing upgrades to our clubhouse in the form of new windows, airconditioning and a new solar system to add to our existing one. Work is proceeding already. 


This is the biggest upgrade to our clubhouse in more than 20 years and means we will have a comfortable clubhouse for our members and visitors to use.  


We are using all local contractors from Allora and Warwick which is adding a much needed boost to the local economy. With these much needed upgrades to our facilities it makes our club attractive to new members and those wanting to stay in our facilities. We can report our membership has been increasing in recent months even despite first the impact of the drought in 2019 and then the COVID pandemic in early 2020. 


We have been supported by Southern Downs Regional Council over many years in the form of grants for water tanks which has helped us get through the drought. We are grateful for this latest grant and the ongoing support that Council has shown for gliding activities at the airfield. 


David Kinlan 

President Warwick Gliding Club 

15 December 2020 

Written by : David Kinlan