Member for Noosa Sandy Bolton has launched the Noosa Community Partnerships Program (CPP). This pilot in its initial year has brought together a range of organisations with a clear aim; to deliver assistance to children and youth who are unable to access community, sporting or recreational activities.

“There are many families in our community that are experiencing cost of living pressures with their children missing out on joining a team, club, activity or program. The sense of belonging adds a huge sense of well-being and positivity in our lives, and the development of skills and passions, networks and fellowship is essential in an influential time of their lives,” stated Ms. Bolton.

Key support partners, The Smith Family, United Synergies and Noosa Council will be providing valuable services around support areas for the participating organisations.

Ms. Bolton in consultation with ‘frontliners’, identified a gap in provision of registration costs, uniforms, equipment and transport to participation that the State Governments Get Started program does not accommodate.

“Get Playing is a fabulous initiative, however is limited to registration fees, and this pilot aims to fill the gap in the other areas that prevent participation. We have budgeted to initially assist 100 children directly through our community organisations who do amazing work. We need to ensure that our youth are connected and engaged as it makes a difference in their lives and impacts longer term on our social fabric,” Ms. Bolton finished.

Noosa Electorate Community Partnership Program organisations for the 2018/19 year include; Noosa Tigers AFL, Noosa Lions Football, Noosa Pirates Rugby League, Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club, Noosa Dolphins Rugby Club, Tewantin-Noosa Cricket Club, Pomona Community House Skateboard, Duke of Edinburgh Awards Adventure Program and Noosa Sea Scouts.

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