The students who regularly attend the Bowen Community Technology Centre are familiar with a reward chart used to encourage good behaviour.
Up until recently completing tasks like homework, community services or helping others would receive a gold star which was stuck to a cardboard chart.
Last week, representatives from Newcrest Mining's Cadia mine stepped in to make the system a little more official.
Cadia's Melissa O'Brien and Adrian Lo Faro visited the centre this week to present a custom made whiteboard and certificates to the centre, to give the reward system a little more merit.
Bowen's Paula Townsend said its come at a time when funding has been particularly difficult to come by for the centre and she's been forced to reduce hours to 2-5pm week days, starting Monday.
"It's just very tight for a lot of charities," she said.
Mrs Townsend said the centre, which provides a space for between 20-30 young people to complete their homework or community members to use technology each week day, is unable to get tax deductible status which is a deterrent to potential sponsors.
"I honestly don't know how some charities are able to get it and get funding but the state government has so - it is pretty sad," she said.
Mrs Townsend said she will meet with Phil Donato next month to discuss the future of the centre.
"We'll just keep plugging away," she said.
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