Volunteers at twenty Sunshine Coast organisations in the Federal electorate of Fisher are among tens of thousands across Australia benefiting from the Morrison Government’s support through the Volunteer Grants Program at this challenging time. These grants will provide, among much more, new uniforms for the 5th Light Horse Regiment Maleny Troop, new computer equipment for Vinnies in Caloundra and training in helping the aged for volunteers at Blackall Range Care Group.
Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace, who advocated on behalf of the twenty organisations selected, announced the $65,000 in grants at the Mooloolaba Surf Club. The Mooloolaba Surf Life Savers have received $4,950 for improved safety and security through new CCTV cameras and a fob accessed security door at the club.
Mr Wallace said that volunteers have been critical during these difficult times.
“At the best of times the energy, expertise and time our volunteers give to others supports those most in need and represents what Australian communities are all about – giving a helping hand. During this COVID-19 crisis more than ever they have provided an essential lifeline for many.” Mr Wallace said.
“I’m glad to see that our local organisations will now get some help in continuing to support families, provide employment pathways for young people and strengthen community resilience. Volunteers rarely ask for anything, they just get on with the job. With these grants, the Morrison Government is once more giving them a leg up at a difficult time.”
Andrew Wallace MP with Andrew Cairns, President of the Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club near the proposed site of their new CCTV cameras.
Andrew Cairns, President of the Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club, said “On Christmas day just gone one of our volunteers who gives up his time for the bathing public had his bike stolen while he was patrolling the beach. The money will help secure members and their gear while they are performing a valuable service for others. This money makes a massive difference to how we can engage with our 490 active members and to instilling confidence that when they are doing that community service they can sit down on the beach and not have to worry about things that are beyond their control. On behalf of our members and the bathing public I’d like to thank Andrew and the Federal Government for providing this grant.”
Twenty grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are being provided in Fisher to help community organisations buy equipment, pay fuel costs, or train volunteers.
The organisations in Fisher receiving grants are:
Mr Wallace said that the Morrison Government is committed to helping the Sunshine Coast recover from COVID-19 by supporting local businesses and boosting the good work of our volunteers.
“We are committed to staying on top of COVID-19 and to helping this region recover from its serious economic impacts. These grants are another small contribution to getting the Sunshine Coast back on track.” Mr Wallace said.
For a full list of successful recipients and information about Volunteer Grants, go to: https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/volunteer-grants-activity-2019-20
Image: Andrew Wallace MP with Andrew Cairns, President of the Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club near the proposed site of their new CCTV cameras.