Making dunnies divine with Stronger Communities funding

July 15, 2021

Divine Dunnies, a quirky and uniquely Maryborough attraction planned for Maryborough’s City Hall toilet block is one step closer to being realised with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien announcing new federal funding for the project.

“The Divine Dunnies project is a clever, creative way of improving Maryborough’s amenities, supporting tourism and boosting the local economy, and I am pleased to support the project with $5,000 through the Stronger Communities Programme,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This funding will add to more than $25,000 in community donations raised by the Maryborough City Progress Association, and $53,000 from the Fraser Coast Regional Council to create an attraction for residents and travellers, that will help to boost the CBD and encourage more people to explore Maryborough’s priceless historic assets.”

Mr O’Brien commended project leaders Nancy Bates and Nan Ott on their work with the Maryborough City Progress Association Divine Dunnies Sub-committee to make the project a reality.

“The planned refurbishment will creatively upgrade the facilities to a standard unsurpassed by other similar facilities in Australia, builds on Maryborough’s reputation as a quirky and charming tourist destination, and ultimately, will support local jobs,” he said.

“Divine Dunnies is a worthwhile project that ties in with Maryborough’s history, architecture, and creativity, complimenting Maryborough’s many local attractions, and will be another drawcard encouraging people to visit and stay in Maryborough.”

The Stronger Communities Programme Round 6 provided up to $150,000 for each of the 151 federal electorates in Australia, with grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 available for eligible organisations including incorporated not-for-profit community service and sporting groups and councils.

“There is always strong interest in the Stronger Communities Programme grants, and competition is keen, so I encourage organisations interested in bringing forward SCP project proposals in future rounds to contact my electorate office on telephone 4121 2936, or the Sunshine Coast, or Wide Bay Burnett Regional Development Australia Committees through the website,” Mr O’Brien said.

Previous rounds of the SCP delivered funding to a range of organisations in Wide Bay, assisting with:

  • An aerator for the fish ponds at Murgon, through the Rotary Club of Murgon
  • First aid equipment and tools for Murgon Men’s Shed
  • A community garden for Graham House Community Centre
  • Electrical works for the Queensland Dairy and Heritage Museum
  • Upgraded kitchen and hot water supply for Goomeri Show Society
  • Three commemorative mosaics at Cooroy-Pomona RSL
  • A new kitchen and change rooms for Cooroy Gymnastics
  • A jet-ski for Noosa Boardriders
  • Air conditioning for the activity Shed at Noosa’s Sunshine Butterflies disability service
  • New audiovisual 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.


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