Community Grants keep cycling safety program running

Published: 23 Mar 2022

Every year, for 20 years, about 600 year four students have learnt to ride safely at PCYC Mackay, however, with the facility’s bike fleet deteriorating, the program’s future was in doubt.

That was until council stepped in this week with a $15,000 community grant to help replace 40 bikes and ensure the bike education program could continue for years to come.

Community Grants Committee chair Cr Laurence Bonaventura said the two-day program taught the students road safety, road rules and bicycle skills, using the purpose-built track at PCYC.

“It’s a vital program that creates safer road users at an early age and helps our children develop the skills to become safer road users as adults,” Cr Bonaventura said.

“The committee was happy to be able to award this grant and ensure this program’s future,” he said.

The grant was just one of 18 community grants and six small equipment grants approved during the current funding round, which totalled $187,993.

Cr Bonaventura said the committee was also pleased to be able to award $14,322 to Mackay Men’s Shed to purchase tools to set up their shed.

“This is a new men’s shed, and the first one centrally located in Mackay,” Cr Bonaventura said.

“Not only will the tools be used to share skills and teach new members, but the first initiative with the new tools will be a special project in conjunction with Australian Street Aid Project (ASAP),” he said.

“The project will see ASAP supply donated goods for the shed to refurbish. These goods, once refurbished, will be returned to ASAP’s Chances Op Shop to be sold, with the profits used to support those experiencing homelessness.

“This project will see a steady stream of work for the men’s shed, in turn providing lots of opportunities for the men to practice and teach skills while upcycling previously unwanted goods.”

Cr Bonaventura said the grant round was also able to support the creation of a mental health hub in Sarina.

“$19,000 was awarded to Selectability Ltd to help expand their network of Mental Health Hubs into Sarina,” he said.

“Sarina has recently been identified as a community in need of a safe place for people to connect to discuss or enhance their mental wellbeing and Selectability have moved to fill that need.

“These funds will help with the set-up of the hub and cover things like furnishings, IT equipment and a coffee machine.”

The following organisations also received funding:

  • Watersports Queensland - $30,000 to purchase two new wakeboarding features to be installed at the Mackay Wake Park
  • Finch Hatton Progress Association - $7500 towards the third Cane Country Ball to be held at the Pioneer Valley Showgrounds Hall
  • Mackay and District BMX Club - $7187 towards a finish line structure and construction of lanes in preparation for the Auscycling Qld BMX State Series on June 22, 2022.
  • Canegrowers Mackay - $2175 towards supporting student attendance at two agricultural events
  • Mackay Veteran Golfers Association - $1000 towards the 2022 Wintersun Competition at the Mackay Golf Course in August
  • Mackay Art Society - $15,000 for solar panels, painting, repairs, a secure key holder, safe, swing away grab rail, backdrop curtain, spotlights, stools and easels.
  • North Mackay Little Athletics - $2692 for a line marker for use at Pioneer State High School (club grounds)
  • Pioneer Valley Golf Club - $24,000 for air conditioning, painting, upgrading (an electrical board) and solar powering the clubhouse.
  • Engedi - $1996 to purchase scales for people in wheelchairs, accessible free of charge to the community at the Holmes Drive premises.
  • 131 Army Cadet Unit Sarina - $7500 to purchase pallet racking and storage tubs
  • Sarina and District Netball Association - $2062 to purchase three iPads and portable wifi for use at gamedays
  • Western Suburbs Rugby League Football Club - $16,511 to purchase couch seed and fertiliser to create new sporting fields on newly acquired land
  • Sarina Rugby League Football Club - $6100 to replace and install security screens and doors and install a security system to the club gym and outdoor area.
  • Koumala Progress Association - $1432 for computer equipment and software
  • St Paul's Uniting Church - $7150 towards a book for the 150-year celebrations of the congregation
  • Magpies Crusaders United - $1500 for three aluminium frame goals
  • Mackay Regional Housing Company - $1500 for computer equipment
  • Magpies Mackay AFC - $1500 for footballs
  • Mackay Pet Rescue - $1500 for pull-up promotional banners, soft animal play pens and one soft animal crate
  • Mackay Veterans Support Group - $750 for power tools
  • Sarina and District Athletics Club - $615 for a new starter pistol and amplifier

Community groups are also reminded that the next round of Community Grants is now open. To apply, and for full grant guidelines, head to