Discretionary funds benefit Division 6 community
  • Wednesday 14 January 2015

The rich history, vibrancy and diversity of the communities across Division 6 continues to flourish thanks to support from Sunshine Coast Council’s 2014/15 Mayor and Councillor Discretionary Funding Program.

Divisional Councillor Christian Dickson said more than a dozen not for profit community groups have successfully applied for a share of his $50,000 divisional discretionary fund.

“I appreciate how tough it can be for community groups to find funds to explore new initiatives, respond to changing circumstances or cover unexpected costs, and I am pleased that I am in a position to help,” Cr Dickson said.

“This year, I elected to allocate $50,000 to discretionary funding to help sustain my division’s broad range of special interest and community groups.

“It is rewarding to know that an allocation of $500 to support a membership drive for the Buderim Male Choir will allow this unique group to continue to entertain the Sunshine Coast community with their four part harmonies for years to come.

“Maroochydore Cricket Club Inc and other users of the venue are sure to be relieved with an allocation of $7,426 enabling the installation of a much needed sewerage pump and plumbing upgrades to the club house.”

The division’s furry, four-legged friends and their supporters are not forgotten either, with Sunshine Coast Dog Obedience Club Inc receiving $15,000 to build an undercover training area.

Cr Dickson said the shelter will provide an all weather training venue as well as more suitable space for visitors.

“This allocation is really special as the benefit of the new shelter extends far into the wider community,” Cr Dickson said.

“The Club regularly hosts nursing home outings where visitors enjoy morning tea, watch demonstrations of obedience and agility, and get an opportunity to pat the dogs.

“The shelter will also help ensure these important social visits are more comfortable and enjoyable”.

Buderim Men’s Shed, One Step Alliance, SAILS Buderim, Disabled Access Awareness Club, Lions Club of Buderim, Buderim Historical Society and Fusion Australia Ltd will also benefit from the fund in 2014/15.

The mayoral and councillor discretionary funding policy allows councillors to allocate funds to community organisations to benefit Sunshine Coast residents.

Each year, individual councillors can determine whether they will allocate all or part of their Minor Operational Works Budget to this funding program.

Further information about the program is available on council’s website, just search for ‘discretionary funding’, or contact your local Councillor’s Support Officer or council’s grants team on 5475 7272 or email grants@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.


2014/15 Mayor and Councillor Discretionary Funding Progam
Division 6 Cr Dickson Allocation - $50,000

  • Sunshine Coast Dog Obedience Club - Covered Outdoor Training Area, $15,000
  • Maroochydore Cricket Club - Sewerage Installation for Kerry Emery Oval, $7,426
  • Lions Club of Buderim - Buderim Street Party,$5,000
  • Fusion Australia Sunshine Coast - Alcooringa Community Kitchen Improvement, $5,000
  • SAILS Buderim - Buderim’s Native Forest Preservation Project,$5,000
  • Buderim Historical Society -‘Stories of Old Buderim’ publication, $1,790
  • One Step Alliance - Step Up!,$1,500
  • Sunshine Coast Dog Obedience Club - Rehoming Day, $1,516
  • Buderim Men’s Shed - Queensland Sheds Expo, $1,000
  • Rotary Club of Caloundra - 2015 Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Program, $1,000
  • Buderim Male Choir - Membership Promotional Drive, $500
  • Disabled Access Awareness Group - Support for ‘Access through Awareness’, $250