A sporting chance for local clubs
  • Tuesday 30 August 2011

Local community organisations will have more opportunities to kick major goals thanks to Sunshine Coast Council’s Community Partnership Funding and Sports Field Maintenance Funding Programs.

One hundred and twenty seven local groups and organisations will receive a total of $1,131,190 in funding from council over the next three years under the Community Partnership Funding Program. Forty seven local sporting clubs will also receive a total of $564,330 under the new Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program.

Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson said a number of organisations in Buderim and Sippy Downs would benefit greatly from the two programs.

"The Community Partnership Funding Program offers up to three years funding towards operation expenses of local groups, clubs and organisations," he said.

"It is open to incorporated community organisations that make a significant contribution to the Sunshine Coast Community and provides a degree of financial security that helps them grow and prosper."

The following organisations in Division 6 and Division 7 will receive funding for the next three years under council’s Community Partnership Funding Program:

  • Fusion Australian Ltd - $3,000
  • Buderim Male Choir Inc - $3,300
  • Buderim Historical Society Inc - $7,180
  • Chancellor Park Soccer Club - $3,000
  • Headland Buderim Croquet Club Inc - $6,000
  • Sunshine Coast Contract Bridge Club - $2,000
  • Sunshine Coast Dog Obedience Club Inc - $3,000
  • Kunda Park Pony Club - $3,000

Division 7 Councillor Ted Hungerford said that in addition to the funding, council would work with the successful organisations to build their capacity for good governance and sustainable practices.

"This additional support along with the financial funding will really give local clubs the keys to drive themselves forward in a positive way for the future," he said.

"Fusion Australia, the Buderim Historical Society and the Buderim Male Choir are all outstanding organisations that enrich the local community and the funding they receive under this program will help them continue their great work.

Cr Dickson said the new Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program would also provide a significant boost to local clubs.

"This is a fantastic program that will see council cover 70% of the field maintenance costs of sporting clubs that were approved for funding," he said.

The following clubs in Division 6 and Division 7 will receive funding for the next three years under the Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program:

  • Buderim Wanderers Football Club Inc - $18,788
  • Sunshine Coast Hockey Association - $28,000
  • Maroochydore Cricket Club Inc - $27,762
  • Maroochydore Football Club Incorporated - $28,182
  • Maroochydore Junior Rugby League Club Inc - $16,440

Cr Hungerford said in addition to the funding, council would work with the successful sporting organisations to build capacity, develop a maintenance agreement and sound maintenance practices to ensure their facilities were maintained to district competition levels.

"This assistance will play an important role in the achievement of a consistent standard to district level competition for sports organisations that are part of this program," he said.