Better Community Building Fund

Projects ranging from relocation of a former country church building to upgrades of footy clubs will share in $2 million in council funding.

A total of 23 applicants have been granted funding, ranging from $18,000 to $350,000, as part of council’s 2016-17 Better Community Building Fund.

The Better Community Building Fund was first established by council in 2015-16 as an economic stimulus measure. It was for shovel-ready projects that would use local contractors and provided grants of between $75,000 and $250,000.

The success of the fund prompted council to provide another $2 million in the 2016-17 budget.

However, council tweaked the focus of the fund to provide smaller grants to a wider variety of projects and organisations right throughout the Mackay Regional Council area.

Bakers Creek Tigers Australia Football Club

$25,000

Brothers Bulldogs JRL

$80,000

Central Coast Region Scouts

$39,000

Eastern Swans Australian Football Club

$30,000

Eungella Community Development Association

$250,000

Habana & Districts Progress Association Inc.

$100,000

Mackay Aero Club

$50,000

Mackay Area Fish Stocking Association

$18,000

Mackay Basketball Inc

$100,000

Mackay Brothers Football Club

$100,000

Mackay Junior Rugby League

$80,000

Mackay North Horse and Pony Club

$50,000

Mackay Pioneer BMX Club

$120,000

Mackay Rowing Club

$100,000

Mackay Show Association

$350,000

Mackay Tennis Association

$119,000

North Mackay Saints AFC

$33,000

Palmyra Drag Racing Club

$26,000

Pioneer Tennis

$80,000

Pioneer Valley Golf Club

$75,000

Seaforth Bowls Club

$50,000

Southern Suburbs Junior Rugby League

$80,000

The Valley Theatrical Players Inc

$45,000

Total

$2,000,000.00

Project briefs

Bakers Creek Tigers Australia Football Club

  • $25,000
  • Changeroom Upgrade

The change rooms at Bakers Creek AFC home ground, Etwell Park, were built in 1985, and have remained unchanged since.  With the recent expansion of players and volunteers to include Women and Juniors, the open plan shower facilities are now not to the standard for personal privacy.

This project will give the club the opportunity to offer comfort and privacy to the current players, from both home and away teams, as well as the opportunity to attract new players who will feel safe, not self-conscious, before and after games and training sessions.

Brothers Bulldogs Junior Rugby League

  • $80,000
  • Facility Establishment

This project involves upgrading the facilities at Theo Hansen Park to include a bathroom, kitchen and decking area for the benefit of all stakeholder’s to utilise. This will have direct effects on the clubs’ ability to offer stronger safety to all its members, through increased first-aid options, bathrooms and shade cover.

In upgrading the facility, the club will be able to have a greater offering to visiting organisations, in-turn offering Mackay an on-flow of revenue opportunities.

Eastern Swans Australian Football Club

  • $30,000
  • Fencing of the Perimeter

After inclement weather, the grounds and field at the Eastern Swans Football Club are constantly churned up by cars, motorbikes and four-wheel drives.  This causes damage to the slasher/mower, including the constant straightening of the blades.  Hiring of excavators each time to fill in the ruts is also a costly exercise.

The grounds and field are also used by other clubs, athletes, and the general public, along with hosting school competitions, all of whom would also benefit from the fencing of the facility, providing a safer environment for their activities.

Eungella Community Development Association

  • $250,000
  • Amenities Building

The Eungella community would like the opportunity to provide showers for the various recreational groups and campers from nearby national parks by extending the community hall in North Street to accommodate four showers and upgraded toilet facilities.

With these new facilities, the community hopes to attract more long term visitors, sporting groups and recreational groups to the region, along with the ever increasing volume of holiday makers from around the world.

Habana and Districts Progress Association

  • $100,000
  • Church Relocation and Community Facility Project

This project will see the relocation and renovation of the former school/church to create a hub for community life and will result in improved liveability for the growing population.

Through the co-location of the former school/church and the current Habana Community Shed, there will be more opportunities to host community building activities such as training workshops, social events, fitness classes, cultural activities, and annual events such as the Harvest Mass.

Mackay Aero Club

  • $50,000
  • Roof Replacement

The current home of the Aero Club is approximately 40 years old and has reached a stage where ongoing excessive water leaks in inclement weather have resulted in the clubhouse being closed to the public.

The clubhouse is the regular meeting place for several sporting clubs including the Mackay Tiger Moth Museum, the British Bike Club and Palmyra Drag Club.  The replacement of the roof will ensure the aviation and motor communities of Mackay will continue to have a place to meet regularly.

Mackay Area Fish Stocking Association

  • $18,000
  • Hatchery Emergency Backup Generator

The major cause of fish stock losses at the Association is the rapid deterioration of water quality from the lack of filtration caused by power failure.

The provision of a 15kva emergency generator with automatic change-over will ensure a continued supply of power to the hatchery, allowing the current growth in recreational fishing to prosper as a result of the restocking of Mackay’s impoundments.

Mackay Basketball

  • $100,000
  • Court 4 Grandstand

The installation of an additional grandstand at Mackay Basketball will allow the seating capacity to be increased to 1,100. With the expanded capacity, local sporting groups who utilise the stadium will be able to apply for regional, state and national events that will benefit the wider community of Mackay.

Included in the new structure is additional storage rooms that will hold equipment, creating a safe environment for players and guests, and limiting the risk of damage or theft.

Mackay Brothers Football Club

  • $100,000
  • Leprechaun Park Water Retention/Irrigation Project

Leprechaun Park is well known for its flooding following a sizeable rain event in the region, resulting in games being cancelled due to soggy playing conditions.

The proposed project is intended to harvest and store the water that traverses the property, reducing the down-time of the fields. The retained water will be later utilised to irrigate the fields and to assist with the re-vegetation of the northern and eastern boundaries of the park.

Mackay Junior Rugby League Club

  • $80,000
  • Field Fencing, Shade and Lights

The Club currently has 2 fields under lights, but to be socially and economically responsible, they would like to have 3 fields lit. The fence surrounding field 1 is made of timber and is currently deteriorating rapidly.  Replacement with a simple steel wire fence would see uniformity across all fields as an effective crowd control measure. The provision of additional shade covering the grandstand on the opposite side of the hill to the members stand would see patrons well protected during games.

All three mini projects will see the club able to bid for additional future regional, state and national competitions following the 2018 Queensland Junior Rugby League Under Age State Carnival.

Mackay North Horse and Pony Club

  • $50,000
  • Completion of Stage 1 Upgrades/Minor Works

Following on from the Stage 1 Project, construction of a Cross Country Course, several major issues were identified, including the requirement for a minor works permit.

The works will include the burying or removal of concrete that has been unearthed during the project, completion of groundwork on the approach to and departure from the cross country jumps, filling in the 4WD ruts and identification of the acid sulphate soils on site.

Mackay Pioneer BMX Club

  • $120,000
  • Track Redesign and Upgrade

The current club track has a substandard design and drainage system, resulting in the closure of the track during weather events, followed by considerable volunteer hours after the event to get the track back to a rideable condition.

A complete redesign of the track will make it more durable, safer and easier to maintain.  It will also bring it into line with BMX Australia standards, allowing the club to bid for hosting of State and National Titles in the region.

Mackay Rowing Club

  • $100,000
  • River Bank Stabilisation

The stabilisation of the south bank on the Pioneer River will ensure the area can continued to be used safely by all users, including club members, school groups and several other organisations. Included in the stabilisation will be stormwater control, stone/rock pitching of the river bank and installation of gabion based blocks to reduce bank slope, thus reducing erosion.

The leased area is fully maintained by the Rowing Club and is used on a daily basis.  The area has become unstable and difficult to maintain due to increased traffic, heavy rain and occasional flood events.

Mackay Tennis Association

  • $119,000
  • Replacement of Light Poles and Upgrade of Lighting

The replacement of light poles and the upgrading of lighting to LED’s will ensure the region can enjoy playing tennis at night, the only time available for those with work-commitments.  The hot conditions during the day also make night-time tennis a viable option.

The upgrading of the lighting to LED will reduce the ongoing maintenance costs, allowing the additional facility improvements.

This project will assist is maintaining the clubs current registration and growing member base to ensure the sustainability of Tennis in Mackay.

North Mackay Saints Australian Football Club

  • $33,000
  • Facility Enhancement

Enhanced facilities, namely enclosed shower facilities to enable female participation in the sport, will contribute to the growth of the club, supporting the rapid expansion of participation across the region.

The improved facilities will provide the club with more capacity to host games, competitions and events, whilst also attracting additional clubs/user groups to the grounds.  There is also the potential to attract two upcoming Junior Age Carnivals to the region.

Palmyra Drag Racing Club

  • $26,000
  • Burnout Pad

The construction of a burnout pad will allow motor sport enthusiasts to test their driving skills in a controlled and safe environment.

The pad and associated safety fencing will ensure the facility can be maintained to a level that is required to attract both entrants and spectators to the club’s events, allowing participants to compete in a controlled competition whilst also sharing skills and life experiences.

Funds raised from the burnout pad events will assist with the ongoing maintenance and upgrading of the facility.

Pioneer Tennis

  • $80,000
  • Stage 2 – Building ITF Courts

The building of 2 International Tennis Federation courts will allow the club to cater for events such as Satellite Circuit type events, Australian and State Primary and Secondary School Championships, and Davis Cup style tournaments.

The construction of the 2 courts will allow the club to further lobby for an additional 2 ITF courts, allowing 4 of the ageing bitumen courts to be removed, providing a safer environment for patrons to participate in the sport.

Pioneer Valley Golf Club

  • $75,000
  • Buggy Shed

The erection of a 45 metre shed allowing members to house their buggies, with provision for them to be safely recharged, will ensure a continued growth in member numbers for the club, along with providing extra income through tourism, particularly during the 5-day Wintersun Carnival.

The shed will have solar panels installed on the roof, thus reducing the overall running costs, with the savings being used to generate more events for the club.

Seaforth Bowls Club

  • $50,000
  • Irrigation Water Storage

The club will install a 260,000 water storage tank to harvest rain from their 1000m2 roof.  The water will be used to irrigate 2 greens at the club, ensuring adequate playing surfaces for all patrons.

The club will also tap into the underground water supply to assist in the minimal topping up of the tank should rainfall be lacking.  The project will see a substantial reduction in water rates for the club  along with a reduction on the load of reticulated water supply, particularly during the drier periods.

Southern Suburbs Junior Rugby League

  • $80,000
  • Lighting of Fields 3 and 4

The lack of lighting on the fields restricts the use of the field after hours, resulting in reduced training sessions and game times. As the fields are used by a variety of clubs, it is essential that lighting be improved.  It will also assist in catering for the increasing numbers of juniors participating in sport, providing a safer training environment in the evenings.

Additional clubs that will benefit from the lighting include Rugby Union, Oz Tag, Soccer and Cricket.  Income generated from the additional usage of the fields will be utilised towards the provision of more equipment for training, along with funding general maintenance of the grounds.

The Scout Association of Australia Queensland Branch – Central Coast Region

  • $39,000
  • Construction of a Workshop Facility and Storage Shed

The construction of a 5 bay storage shed at the Rowallan Park complex will provide a secure storage environment for all the equipment that is vital in maintaining the 41 hectare complex, along with the maintenance and servicing of same.

The Rowallan Park complex is primarily a regional Scout facility, however, it is also home to, and used by, a number of other community groups.  The facility is maintained by volunteers, who are currently working from, and storing the equipment in, a dilapidated shed and/or in the open.

The Valley Theatrical Players

  • $45,000
  • Pinnacle Playhouse Upgrade

The installation of a cooling system in the Auditorium will allow audiences to experience shows in a comfortable environment, resulting in a continued patronage to the venue.  It will also make the venue appealing to potential hirers.

Aside from the patrons, other benefits would include reduced noise from the requirement to run ceiling fans at top speed, cooling of the sound and light technicians area and a reduction in thermal wear on digital equipment, thereby reducing the cost of maintaining the equipment.

Western Suburbs Rugby League Football Club

  • $250,000 (Conditional on receiving Federal Funding)
  • Undercover Lawn Bowls Green

The undercover lawn bowls facility will serve to add to the economic contribution the club makes to the region.   The new facility will meet the expectations and requirements of the bowls fraternity and is expected to attract marquee sporting (and other) events to the region.

The club will be a regular host for lawn bowls competitions which will increase the overall capability of the area, with weekend competitions creating tourism and awareness of the region.