12/01/2018

Stronger Communities funding builds a safer, brighter Noosa region

Noosa communities will be safer and enjoy greater support after three local organisations received almost $30,000 in funding through round three of the Stronger Communities Programme, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

Mr O’Brien said Sunshine Butterflies Disability Support Service received $16,362 towards a “Family Central” facility, which will offer a one-stop shop helping people access a range of support services, programs and family resources.
 
“Sunshine Butterflies does important and valuable work improving the lives of people with disabilities and their families, and this funding will help them continue promoting well-being, independence and inclusion for all people in the community,” Mr O’Brien said.
 
“The Federal contribution will be used towards construction of the Family Central facility, including earthworks and engineering.”
 
The Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club also received $10,313 towards the purchase of a new All Terrain Vehicle to assist with mobile patrols to North Sunshine, Alexandria Bay in Noosa National Park and Sunrise Beaches.
 
“The dedicated life savers at Sunshine Beach SLSC cover a large area, which can reach up to five kilometres from the club house, so the new ATV will enable them to travel further, faster, and respond to emergency calls more quickly,” Mr O’Brien said.
 
A further $3181 will be given to QF5 Noosa Coast Guard for five new computers, cabinets and software to enable training for volunteers and the community, including first aid, basic seamanship, bar crossing, collision avoidance, and safety at sea.
 
“This will help save lives on some of Wide Bay’s most popular beaches and on our busy waterways, and I am pleased to be able to deliver this funding,” Mr O’Brien said.
 
“These valued organisations play an important role in building resilient and safe communities, and the Coalition Government highly regards the work they do to make the Wide Bay such a vibrant place to live.
 
“I’m pleased the Coalition Government has been able to extend this practical assistance to these organisations, which through the work of their volunteers, make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people.”
 
A range of other community organisations across Wide Bay have also benefited from round three of the Stronger Communities Programme, including Bauple Band Hall, Murgon Lions Club, Graham House Community Centre, The Queensland Dairy and Heritage Museum in Murgon, Little Haven Palliative Care at Gympie, Cooloola Coast Medical Transport, and Kilkivan Men’s Shed.
 
The Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme is designed to improve the resilience of communities by providing capital grants for small projects of between $5000 and $20,000. Up to $150,000 is available in each electorate per year.
 
Further information on the SCP, including guidelines and frequently asked questions can be found on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s website at: www.infrastructure.gov.au/SCP.