Budget supports strong communities
  • Thursday 03 July 2008

The new Sunshine Coast Council today handed down its inaugural $673 million budget allocating funds for essential infrastructure, environment, economic and community projects as well the 52 significant services it provides to communities across the region.

Through this budget, Council shows its strong commitment to the community by continuing to support the many community groups, social activities and projects that build and sustain strong communities.

Social strategy portfolio councillor, Cr Anna Grosskreutz, said that one of the key priorities of this budget is to continue to invest in the social projects that are so vital in strengthening and supporting our great communities right across the Sunshine Coast.

In response to local and regional needs and issues identified by the community, Council has invested $1.012 million in the Sunshine Coast Grants Program.

“These grants enable residents to carry out projects that will enhance the Sunshine Coast’s environmental sustainability, community wellbeing, economic prosperity and cultural life,” Cr Grosskreutz said.

Along with the Grants Program, Council has allocated funding for key community projects:

  • Community Jobs Program $335,000
  • Heritage projects $246,000
  • Community Safe Program $210,000
  • Public transport projects $170,000
  • Social plan initiatives $105,000


HIGHLIGHTS

Community Grants Program
Council's grants program is an opportunity to give funding and recognition to individuals, community groups and organisations that play an important part in helping develop the region’s environmental sustainability, community wellbeing, economic prosperity and cultural life. The first round of grants opened on 1 July 2008.

Community Safe Program
The Sunshine Coast Council recognises that partnerships between community, state and local government are essential to achieve sustainable community safety and crime prevention outcomes. Council will continue to support and coordinate local community safety partnerships.

Heritage projects
In recognition of the cultural and strong heritage values of the hinterland, projects will include the listing of state heritage buildings and an annual heritage forum. The forum provides a unique opportunity for the community to debate current issues regarding local heritage.

Caloundra Music Festival
The Caloundra Music Festival is an annual celebration of the environment, cultural achievements and community pride. Regional events deliver an enormous boost to local economies bringing in business, creating jobs, attracting tourists and fuelling growth, prosperity and a tremendous sense of pride for the host communities.

Cooroy Lower Mill Site Project
The Cooroy Lower Mill Board was established in late 2004 to advise Council on the management, planning and development of the Cooroy Lower Mill Site. Plans for the site include a library, global connect online centre, café, meeting and training rooms, heritage studies centre and the Cooroy Butter Factory.

Hastings Street Visitor Information Centre
Council is currently evaluating tenders for the construction of the $1.6m visitor information centre at Hastings Street. Funding for this project includes $650,000 from the state government. The centre is due to open late 2008, or early 2009.