Cr Maria Suarez column Coolum and North Shore News 10 June 2020
  • Wednesday 10 June 2020

Our not-for-profit community groups play an important role across our region – helping to offer vital services and support. However, indirectly Sunshine Coast Council plays a role by offering grants to support these groups’ operations. The demand for grants far exceeded the available funds, however I’m glad to hear that these worthy projects in Division 9 have received funding from the most recent round of community grants.

Coolum Beach Junior Rugby League Inc received funds to be able to purchase a new Coolum Beach Rugby League sign so our community can more easily identify the location of the club within the Coolum Sports Precinct.

Integrity Queensland received funding for their progressive and experimental art project – called Integrity – which will aim to inspire people to make more sustainable choices. Local artist Bianca Tainsh will be mentoring other Integrity Queensland members to learn a diverse range of creative skills ranging from sewing to digital media. It will finalise as a fully-fledged production with the documentation to market it to tour Queensland, and ultimately across Australia.

In Doonan, the I Give A Buck Foundation of Australia has received funding for drainage, lighting and solar panels to improve a stable block.

Finally, I’d like to thank the Coolum and North Shore News for bringing news to the communities in Division 9. Community papers have played an integral role in our community and this paper will be missed.
Cheers,
Cr. Maria Suarez
Division 9 – Sunshine Coast Council