New funding program to assist community organisations with water bills
  • Wednesday 06 October 2010

Sunshine Coast Council will roll out a Water and Sewerage Funding Program to help eligible not- for-profit community organisations to both pay their water bills and become more water efficient.

The new one-year community benefit funding program will provide up to $1 million to successful applicants to help them meet a percentage of the rise in the costs of their water and to support the development of water efficiency plans.

Council’s decision to provide the program comes after Unitywater, the authority now responsible for providing water supply and sewerage services to the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions, advised that water concessions previously provided by Sunshine Coast Council would not be provided by Unitywater.

Financial Management and Business Unit Performance Portfolio holder councillor Chris Thompson said the new funding program would be offered in two rounds this financial year and will be tied to the two Unitywater billing periods.

"This program acknowledges the impact that increased water charges will have on the ability of not-for-profit organisations to operate successfully in the community," Cr Thompson said.

"Since receiving the first bills from Unitywater in July, we have received a significant number of phone calls, emails and letters from community organisations demonstrating a high level of concern about increased water and sewerage costs, and the risk this poses to their organisation’s ongoing viability.

"This funding program will provide some much-needed relief to these groups."

Applications for the first billing period can only be lodged in round one, which opens Monday 11 October 2010 and closes Friday 19 November 2010.

Applications for the second billing period can only be lodged in round two, which opens Tuesday 1 February 2011 and closes Tuesday 15 March 2011.

To make an application and to view guidelines, eligibility criteria and information about developing Water Efficiency Management Plans, visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

When applying for this program, organisations will need to provide supporting documentation, including:

  • copy of Unitywater account detailing current water and sewerage charges (July 2010)
  • copy of Sunshine Coast Council from previous like billing period (July 2009)
  • evidence of not-for-profit status.

For program inquiries or for assistance with completing an application please contact council’s customer service on 07 5475 7272 or email grants@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au