Supporting Noosa’s arts volunteers

January 17, 2022

Noosa Arts and Crafts Association will receive a digital boost, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien announcing a $5,000 grant for new technology.

“Noosa has a thriving arts and cultural scene, and the long-running Noosa Arts and Crafts Association plays an important role in connecting local artists, developing new skills and producing quality pieces of art, all contributing to Noosa’s vibrancy and appeal,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This funding, provided through the Liberal and Nationals Government’s Volunteer Grants Program, will enable Noosa Arts and Crafts to purchase a new laptop, software, and training to help support the work of their 350 members – as well as an ergonomic chair so the equipment can be used in comfort.”

Noosa Arts and Crafts Association was one of nine Noosa organisations to share in $32,360 as part of the Morrison Government’s $20 million Volunteer Grants round, to support the crucial role that they play as Australia moves forward out of the pandemic.
The Volunteer Grants Program offers grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to enable organisations to better support their volunteers to purchase small equipment, pay fuel, transport and training costs.

The following Noosa and hinterland organisations have received funding:

  • Cooran State School P & C Association – $1,200.00 for an iPad to be used for sales at the tuckshop and fundraising events. 
  • Cooroy Golf Club – $2,530 for protective workwear and a first aid kit.
  • Katie Rose Cottage Hospice – $5,000 – CPR training for volunteers and a laptop computer.
  • Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club – $5,000 for a nippers program, first aid equipment and radio equipment.
  • Noosa Integrated Catchment Association – $3,500 for a new spotting scope and tripod to support the shorebird survey team.
  • Ozfish Unlimited – Noosa – $1,690 for a new laptop and projector to assist with administration duties.
  • Pomona Arts Inc – Majestic Theatre – $3,442 for fuel vouchers, a washer and dryer, signage and signage.
  • PTSD Dogs Australia – $4,998 for training courses to assist volunteers in their work with veterans with PTSD.

“Noosa’s volunteers are heavyweights when it comes to their generosity and community spirit, and the funding delivered through the Volunteer Grants Program will go a long way to ensuring volunteers are able to continue their important work, helping families and others, strengthening community resilience, and creating even brighter and more engaged communities in Noosa and the hinterland,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I thank all volunteers everywhere for the work they do and congratulate these organisations for the difference they continue to make every day in their community.”


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