Council in partnership with the community
  • Thursday 01 September 2011

Local community organisations will receive funding under the Sunshine Coast Council Community Partnership and Sports Field Maintenance programs over the next three years.

One hundred and twenty seven local groups and organisations will receive more than $1 million in funding 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 8 Councillor Debbie Blumel said a number of community organisations in her division would benefit from the two programs.

"The Community Partnership Funding Program offers funding towards the operational expenses of local groups, clubs and organisations," Cr Blumel said.

The funding program is open to incorporated community organisations that make a significant contribution to the Sunshine Coast Community. The objective of the program is to provide these groups with a degree of financial security to help them grow and prosper.

The following organisations in Division 8 will receive funding for the next three years under council’s Community Partnership Funding Program:

Maroochydore Oztag Sports Association Inc. - $1,500
Maroochy Pony Club Inc. - $1,400
Sunshine Coast Dog Obedience Club Inc. - $3,000
Night Eyes Association Inc. - $18,663
Wildlife Volunteers Association Inc. - $17,300
Sunshine Coast Business Council - $33,000
Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce - $20,000
Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance - $5,000
Mudjimba Progress Association Inc. - $5,000
North Shore Community Centre Inc. $15,000
Sunshine Cooloola Services Against Sexual Violence - $5,000
Sunshine Coast Rowing Club Inc. - $4,000
Suncoast Power Australian Football Club Inc. - $2,000
Maroochy Beach Gymnastics Association Inc. - $6,000
North Shore Junior Australian Football Club Inc. - $2,000

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

"I look forward to working with these community organisations to ensure their long-term sustainability," Cr Blumel said.

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

The program will see council cover 70 percent of the field maintenance costs of sporting clubs that were approved for funding.

The following clubs in Division 8 will receive funding for the next three years under the Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program:

Sunshine Coast Hockey Association - $28,000
North Shore Multisports Association Inc. - $30,251
North Shore Football Club Inc. - $9,394

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.