Local community groups share more than $100,000 in funding

MORE  than 70 local community projects have received $101,384 in funding thanks to Sunshine Coast Council's May 2016 Minor Community Grants round.

Community and Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the variety of projects funded in this grants round was fantastic.

"Minor community grants are a great way for not-for-profit community groups to secure a little bit of extra funding for their projects," Cr McKay said.

"In this round there are projects that will protect our environment, provide much need community resources, preserve our cultural heritage and encourage health and wellbeing."

"The work being done by our community, for our community, is admirable and everyone involved should be extremely proud of their contribution."

The minor community grants of $101,384 will support 72 projects with a total value of $473,357. This round of funding included:

·   $19,777 for community development

·   $32,400 for community events

·   $10,500 for community facilities

·   $5,000 for cultural development

·   $8,764 for cultural heritage

·   $24,943 for sport, recreation and healthy living.

One community group set to benefit is Hinterland Bush Links, whose vision  is to ensure the long-term conservation of all native plants and animals in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

With the help of a $1,960 community grant, Hinterland Bush Links will develop an equipment kit for their dedicated group of Roving Restorers volunteers.

Roving Restorers are a team of volunteer bush restorers who assist private landowners with weed management and re-vegetation projects.

Hinterland Bush Links Coordinator Susie Duncan said the Roving Restorers project created a network of like-minded people who were willing and able to support and assist landowners.

"The management of weeds and re-vegetation can sometimes seem like an insurmountable task for many landowners to tackle on their own," Ms Duncan said.

"That's where the Roving Restorers can help.

"We've been in operation since 2012 and conduct Roving Restorers activities twice a month between February and November.

"Through our program, both the host landholder and volunteers increase their own knowledge of bush restoration through learning about weed identification and effective management, native flora and fauna identification and effective bush restoration strategies.

"The Roving Restorers program has generated positive social engagement, education and environmental outcomes."

To find out more about Hinterland Bush Links and the Roving Restorers program visit their website - www.hinterlandbushlinks.org

To find out more about the Community Grants Program visit council's website or contact a grants officer on 5420 8616. 

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