Noosa Dolphins score with Stronger Communities funding

About 500 Noosa rugby players will be able to grow stronger skills with new training gear thanks to a $9,552 federal government grant, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien announced today.

The Noosa Dolphins Rugby Union Club will receive the funding through Round 6 of the Morrison Government’s Stronger Communities Programme to help purchase essential equipment including tackling pads, junior and senior rugby balls, and scrum practising equipment.
 
“With 500 players aged from under six to seniors, Noosa Rugby Union Club is one of the biggest on the Coast, and play an important role in Noosa’s sports and recreation sector,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Sadly due to the challenges of COVID-19, sponsorships have been reduced which has placed strain on the Club’s finances, so I am pleased the Liberal and Nationals Government is providing this funding to ensure players have adequate equipment to assist training, performance and safety.
 
“Noosa Dolphins not only plays a vital role in encouraging people into sport and supporting players of all ages, the club also prides itself on teaching correct techniques to ensure their players can play their best, minimise the risk of injury, and most of all, enjoy their sport.”
 
“The equipment can also be shared with the local schools that use the Dolphin’s fields, and the community can also use the equipment in between club training sessions.”

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 www.rda.gov.au,” 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.