$40,000 revitalises Sunshine Butterflies

March 10, 2020

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced $40,000 in grants from the Liberal and Nationals Government to enrich the lives of people with disabilities in Noosa communities.
Disability support organisation Sunshine Butterflies will receive $20,000 through Round 5 of the Stronger Communities Programme to provide air-conditioning in its activity shed, and $20,000 in Communities Environment Programme funding to rejuvenate a dam at the Cooroibah ‘Our Backyard’ facility.
“Sunshine Butterflies makes a huge difference to the lives of many families in the Noosa region, and it’s simply a magical environment for everyone who visits,” Mr O’Brien said.
“These two grants will not only make daily activities much more comfortable for clients and staff throughout the hot summer months, but they will also benefit from 3000-plus native species in the Cooroibah area by providing improved habitat.
“I’ve been an ongoing supporter of Sunshine Butterflies, with Stronger Communities Programme Round 3 and Round 4 grants of $16,362 and $17,295, and I congratulate Leanne Walsh and her team on their excellent work that puts sunshine in the hearts of so many families in Noosa, and everyone who visits.
“I’d also like to thank Sunshine Butterflies’ donors and sponsors who help keep the doors of this amazing place open.”
More than $39,000 in Communities Environment Programme funding was also announced today for Noosa and District Landcare, Cooroy Golf Club and Noosa Integrated Catchment Association.
Previous rounds of the Stronger Communities Programme delivered funding to a range of organisations in Wide Bay, assisting with: 

  • New audio visual technology for Gympie Chamber of Commerce
  • Funding towards new vehicles for Cooloola Coast Medical Transport service
  • Improved car parking and accessibility for South Burnett First Aid Volunteers at the Murgon Training Centre.
  • two new portable salvage-fire fighting pumps for Noosa Coast Guard’s rescue boats.
  • A new Digger’s Memorial for Tewantin-Noosa RSL Sub-Branch.
  • Upgraded arena flooring for Maryborough Riding for the Disabled.
  • A new hay shed for Gympie’s Hope Reins.
  • Displays at Maryborough Military Aviation Museum Complex
  • A new all-terrain vehicle for Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club.
  • a solar power system at Vinnies Noosaville.
  • a new 10-pallet truck for Maryborough’s Foodbasket.
  • Security cameras for Tin Can Bay Fishing Club.
  • Solar panels for Tin Can Bay RSL & Citizens’ Memorial Hall; and more.


Media Contacts:
For Mr O’Brien – Simon Kelly – 0418 824 779


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