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Fraser Coast festive grants announced

21 November 2019

Council grants to decorate the main streets of small towns, and help run Christmas and New Year’s Eve events.

Cr Paul Truscott said the grants had been approved under Council’s Festive Fraser Coast Events Grants and Fraser Coast Small Township Festive Decorations Grants programs.

“Council’s grants schemes offer a range of opportunities for groups to apply for funding for projects, activities and events that build community skills and meet identified community needs,” he said.

“Grants of up to $2000 per application were available for community groups to plan and host a Christmas or New Year’s Eve community event between 17 November 2019 and 1 January 2020.

“Council is delighted to be able to support community-driven festive events on the Fraser Coast which organisers anticipate will collectively attract about 5000 attendees.”

Events supported under the 2019/20 Festive Fraser Coast Events Grants program include:

  • Fraser Coast Apex Santa Fair on 8 December (Apex Club of Maryborough);
  • Torbanlea Carols by Candlelight on 5 December (Torbanlea Primary P & C Association);
  • Toogoom Community Christmas Fair and Carols on 15 December (Toogoom and District Community Association);
  • Mary Christmas Street Party on 21 December (Maryborough City Progress Association);
  • Maryborough District Cricket Association’s New Year’s Eve Family Fun Fair on 31 December (Maryborough District Cricket Association);
  • Carols in the Village on 30 November (Hervey Bay Historical Society Museum Association);
  • Tiaro Lions Children’s Christmas Party on 30 November (Lions Club of Tiaro & District).

Cr Anne Maddern said the Small Township Festive Decorations Grants program was a brand new initiative that was open to eligible organisations on the Fraser Coast in towns with a population of less than 10,000 people.

“Grants of up to $2000 per township were available for community groups and organisations to purchase and install festive decorations such as lighting, Christmas trees, feature decorations, signage and banners in outdoor locations,” she said.

“The Christmas – New Year period is a wonderful time of year, and we are pleased to be able to help our smaller communities on the Fraser Coast decorate their towns to spread some Christmas cheer.”

Organisations supported under the Small Township Festive Decorations Grant program include:

  • Maaroom Progress and Ratepayers Association – to buy and set up a Christmas tree and put up festive lights at the Community Hall and trees in the Hall ground;
  • Glenwood Progress Association – to decorate the Glenwood Hall with festive lights and decorations;
  • Poona Community Progress Association – to display Christmas lights in the Poona Market Alley public space to enhance the festive feel in the town;
  • Tiaro District Community Centre – For festive lights, signs and decorations in Tiaro;
  • Mount Bauple & District Historical Society – To decorate the Museum grounds in the middle of town, at the recreation grounds and the Band Hall grounds;
  • Woocoo Historical Society – to decorate the entrance to Brooweena with a Christmas banner and to decorate the Brooweena Museum and Pioneer Village.

More information about Council’s grants programs is available here