Three community groups win Building Better Region Fund grants

Three Sunshine Coast community organisations will receive a combined $2.72 million in Federal Government funding in round three of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club Inc (pictured) has secured $2.5 million for its Club Redevelopment Project to demolish its aged clubhouse dating back to 1983, paving the way for Evans Built to begin work on new clubhouse due to open in November.

Next up, local charity STEPS Group Australia received $190,000 to fund the construction of new residential units at the Murphy House extension at its Pathways College in Caloundra, in aid of young adults with a disability.

Both these community organisations received funding offers under the BBRF Infrastructure Projects stream.

Finally, Tourism Noosa Ltd received two BBRF Community Investments stream funding offers of $20,000 and $10,000 respectively. It will use the funds to deliver a non-accredited 12-month training program for industry leaders and to deliver an food and wine industry day event in Noosa.

Up to 330 new infrastructure projects and community initiatives – including 38 throughout Queensland – were funded as part of a $204.3 million investment in this BBRF round. Some $45 million of this funding was earmarked to support tourism-related infrastructure projects.

The $641.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) underpins the Federal Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional and remote communities into the future.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, recently announced 915 grant applications were received in this highly competitive funding round, under both the Infrastructure Projects and the Community Investments streams.

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast assisted STEPS in its BBRF grant application by providing it with a Letter of Support and access to RDA’s new grants support resources.

RDA Sunshine Coast CEO Paul Fisher said he was thrilled to see all three local community groups secure BBRF funding offers.

“I’m really pleased to see vital, local community groups like these receive BBRF grants to ensure they remain strong, resilient and prosperous,” Mr Fisher said.

“We applaud the Federal Government for recognising the value of all three community groups to our community.

“RDA Sunshine Coast is excited to see the positive difference these grants will make for local residents.”

The RDA Sunshine Coast is a community-based organisation whose vision is to create an innovative, dynamic, connected and sustainable Sunshine Coast.

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