$500,000 boost to deliver community projects
  • Thursday 12 November 2015
maroochydore life saving club

More than 70 community groups across the Sunshine Coast are set to receive a huge boost, with almost $500,000 in grant funding endorsed by council today.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council was proud to support the volunteers in these organisations, whose dedication and tireless efforts have a positive impact on the lives of so many in our community

“The diversity of organisations and projects that will benefit from this round of grant funding is fantastic,” Cr McKay said.

“Collectively, the successful grant recipient projects will engage more than 3000 volunteers and in excess of 42,000 volunteer hours.

“Through this grant funding we will see multicultural projects, garden workshops, a road safety and awareness program, volunteer training, upgraded community and sporting facilities and much more.”

Council’s community grants support local communities across seven categories. This round of funding includes:

  • $77,800 for community development
  • $82,812 for community events
  • $223,962 for community facilities
  • $17,500 for cultural development
  • $22,500 for cultural heritage
  • $22,500 for economic development
  • $44,415 for sport, recreation and healthy living

One community organisation set to benefit is the Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club, with a $15,000 grant awarded towards publication of their historical book Home of the Black Swan - the Centenary History of Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club 1916-2016.

Club member Mr Kim Musgrove said it was imperative that the Sunshine Coast’s valuable lifesaving history and heritage be preserved in print for generations to come.

“The Maroochydore Surf Club was established in 1916 and became the very first surf club within the region and only the second established in Queensland,” Mr Musgrove said.

“This book of rare and well researched history will fill a void in the region’s lifesaving history and become a wonderful reference tool for students, researchers, historians and academics.

“It will tell the club’s unique story about how the communities of Bli Bli, Rosemount, Nambour and Maroochy River gave up their young sons to lifesaving service, and then to military service.”

The book is expected to be published in early 2016.

Applications for the next round of major grants in Sunshine Coast Council’s Community Grants Program will open on February 1, 2016 and grants information sessions will be held throughout February.

Visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/grants for eligibility criteria and application forms. For further information or to discuss your project, contact a grants officer on 5420 8616.