People living with a disability on the Sunshine Coast have access to new and improved courses in critical life skills like cooking at the Compass Institute’s Caloundra Centre, thanks to a grant under the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme. The $16,000 project, one of 19 funded across the Federal electorate of Fisher, has seen the Centre’s aging kitchen undergo a complete renovation, allowing more students to learn how to live independently.
Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said that these 19 grants, totalling $150,000 across Fisher are helping rebuild our local economy after the COVID crisis and supporting community groups and small local construction businesses who are doing it tougher than ever.
“There has never been a more important time to support our local community groups. A lot of people on the Sunshine Coast are struggling right now, and our local volunteer groups provide a vital lifeline for many. These grants will give many groups the capacity to do more, and to help get our community through this tough time.” Mr Wallace said.
The Compass Institute’s Caloundra Centre offers training and activities for people living with an intellectual or physical disability. The kitchen, part of the Centre’s legacy as a former soccer club, was small and inadequate for the centre’s 40 trainees. The Federal Government’s match-funded $8,000 grant has contributed to new roller doors, windows, benchtops and professional appliances, as well as allowing a redesign of the layout that is more safe and hygienic.
David Dangerfield, Managing Director of Compass Institute said: “Compass Caloundra operates out of the former Caloundra Soccer Club at Arthur Street. A fantastic location and a great space for Compass Trainees to continue their on-going learning, but unfortunately a kitchen that was in desperate need of a makeover.”
“Thanks to Andrew Wallace and the Stronger Communities Grant, Compass Caloundra now has a spectacular new kitchen with updated appliances, re-designed kitchen cabinetry, windows where walls used to be and a sparkling clean floor.”
“We cannot thank Andrew and his team enough for their on-going support and the funds to make this happen. It has breathed new life into our Everyday Life Skills program and allows us to continue the work we do with our Trainees in a safe and modern environment”. Mr Dangerfield said.
Other groups in Fisher receiving grants in this Round of the Programme included RoboCoast Sunshine Coast Robotics Association who received $13,775 to purchase robots, laptops and training mats for training sessions in schools; Montville Village Association who received $13,500 for construction of a covered deck and upgrade of disability access at the heritage listed Montville Village Hall; and Sunshine Coast Film Festival, who received $10,000 to purchase film equipment and to fund the development and production of local stories.
“In Federal Government we often talk in telephone numbers but these grants show that you don’t need a huge amount of money to make a big difference. For communities all over the Sunshine Coast, the new equipment and facilities being delivered from these nineteen grants are helping to bring people together and give them access to activities they never had before, while for local tradies and businesses, these grants mean a little more work when they need it the most.” Mr Wallace said.
In addition to the Compass Institute project, the complete list of grants in Fisher under Round 5 of the Stronger Communities Programme includes:
5th Light Horse Regiment Maleny Troop
Installation of improved
security for the Beersheba Living Museum
Dicky Beach SLSC
Purchase of an inflatable
Volunteering Sunshine Coast
Purchase office equipment, software and technology to assist with maintaining their 130 plus member
Sunshine Coast Film Festival
To purchase film equipment and to fund the development
and production of local stories
Montville Village Association
Construction of a covered deck and upgrade of disability access at the heritage listed
Montville Village Hall
Alexandra Headland SLSC
Purchase of a surf lifesaving
Australian Cycling Academy
Purchase 10 medium
performance road cycles
Electrical fit out of new Murphy House residential units for Pathways College
Lions Club of Beerwah
Purchase materials and cover installation costs for ceiling
insulation of the Lions shed
Talara Primary College P&C
Purchase a sound system
Night Eyes Water & Landcare
Funds to repair equipment trailer and purchase safety
equipment for volunteers
Caloundra Arts Centre
Purchase and installation of
The Compass Institute
Kitchen upgrade from domestic to commercial
Mooloolaba Volunteer Coast Guard Association
Replacement of three suspension seats on rescue
Suncoast Community Legal Service
Digital transformation project to assist with tracking and processing productivity
RoboCoast Sunshine Coast Robotics Association
Purchase robots, laptops and training mats for use at training sessions at local
Installation of additional
Mooloolaba Bowls Club
Replacement of fire damaged
Metropolitan Caloundra SLSC
Facility upgrade of nippers
The Stronger Communities Programme funds small capital projects in each of the 151 federal electorates, which can range from upgrading the local community hall or sporting facility, building new bike paths, or providing essential equipment for the local State Emergency Service. For more information on the Stronger Communities Programme visit www.business.gov.au/assistance/stronger-communities-programme