Better Community Building Fund

In the 2015-16 Budget, Mackay Regional Council unveiled a $3 million fund to stimulate the economy and provide assistance to local community groups to deliver critical infrastructure projects

Grants of between $75,000 and $250,000 were offered to 13 successful projects in the first year of the program.

Successful projects

The investment from council, together with funding and grants being sourced by applicant organisations will result in the delivery of capital projects to the value of $6.5 million.

The projects are likely to create about 37 jobs, $2.698 million in wages and salaries.

Kucom Theatre Inc $250,000
Mackay and District Mountain Bike Club $250,000
Mackay Basketball Inc $250,000
Mackay Cricket Association (Harrup Park Country Club) $250,000
Mackay Golf Club Inc $250,000
Mackay Gymnastics Inc $250,000
Mackay Netball Association Inc $250,000
Mackay North Horse and Pony Club $100,000

The Scout Association of Australia Queensland Branch Inc - Central and Coastal Region

Mackay Tourism Ltd $250,000
Sarina Arts and Crafts Co-Op Ltd $250,000
Sarina Arts and Craft (Design costs) $50,000
Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Mackay Branch) Inc $210,000
Western Suburbs RLFC (Mackay) $250,000
Total $ 3,000,000.00

Project update

Mackay Basketball Inc:

Work was completed earlier this year on the first major project as part of the Better Community Building Fund.

New seating for the stadium and a revamped main stadium form part of council’s investment.

Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Mackay Branch) Inc

Some of the funds will be used to build a new amenities for members. The rest will go to creating a lock up storage shed, complete with roller doors for the equipment that will measure 7x30m.

Read more in the Australia Shooter article (PDF 300KB)

The Scout Association of Australia Queensland Branch Inc - Central and Coastal Region

Mayor Greg Williamson and Central Coast Region Scouts region commissioner Dougal McWhinney turned a sod at Rowallan Park on  Friday, July 8, to mark the start of construction of a new abseiling tower.

The Scouts organisation successfully applied for $140,000 through council’s $3 million Better Community Building Fund.

The free-standing tower is being constructed by North Mackay company Halliwell Fabrications and is expected to be complete in early October.

It will have multi-platform areas to cater for differing heights and difficulty levels and will also provide the Scouts with an ongoing income.

The tower will be able to be hired by community groups, cadets, SES, emergency services and training organisations for working at heights courses.