Sun shines on coastal projects

By Paul Hemsley

Council endorsed $700000 of funding through the Sunshine Coast Council’s Grants Program for projects such as hall upgrades and equipment purchasing.

Community Policy and Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said this round of grants will support 98 projects for the sustainability in the region.

“From Burnside High School P&C that is starting a community garden to better link the school to the broader community, to sporting groups upgrading facilities and coast guards replacing their boat engines, these initiatives contribute to our communities in many ways and council recognises the importance of supporting their efforts,” Ms McKay said.

Projects funded will include cultural performances, heritage publications, riparian rehabilitation, purchase of sporting equipment, festive season events, and upgrading of club facilities.

A Sunshine Coast Council spokesperson said applicants are responsible for completing their project as described in their application and the council has no involvement in tendering or procurement.

“Assessment panels for each category are convened, a moderator attends each assessment panel to ensure governance, consistency and adherence to grant guidelines,” the spokesperson said.

“Panel members, across categories, read the grant applications prior to the panel meeting, then meet to discuss the applications and to recommend to council those projects that meet the criteria (aims and priorities) for each category.”

Council does not oversee funded projects, according to the spokesperson.

“Eight weeks after the completion date of their project, applicants must submit an Acquittal Form to council, outlining the project, its achievements and any major problems that were encountered, as well an accounting for all expenditure,” the spokesperson said.

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