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Reaching for new heights is going to be a little safer and a lot more independent with the Apex Camp at Mudjimba set to receive $10,000 to upgrade its belay devices used in abseiling and rock climbing activities.

“Auto belay equipment replaces any human error relating to the safety ropes should a climber misstep and rappel back down. With the new equipment doing the belaying, students can have more fun climbing with an auto belay unit doing the work of two guests,” Apex Qld Youth Camps CEO Danny Davidson explained.

Fixing a muddy bore, building an outdoor stage, saving water and upgrading emergency hospital accommodation are also among the projects to receive funding which were announced by Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien today.

“Constantly fundraising to meet the cost of essential projects is difficult for small community groups, yet the groups themselves add such value to their communities, so this program is a great way to support grassroots organisations,” Mr O’Brien said.

In all, 18 community organisations will share in $150,000 from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program.

“Other groups set to benefit include the Club Maroochy bowls club which gets $20,000 to help establish a new bore after its old one dried up and began dumping mud on the greens,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Maroochydore Surf Club will use $13,500 to install a water saving system for its volunteers and Nambour District Scouts is receiving $7,854 to replace its main water storage tank and concrete the floor of its watercraft building.

“$10,000 has also been given to Wishlist to upgrade its emergency hospital accommodation Reed House.”

A number of kindergartens have also been allocated funds including Nambour’s Brookes Street Community Kindy which gets $17,700 to refurbish its swing and nature play areas, Nambour’s C&K Childcare which receives $6,740 for air conditioning, Coolum’s Community Kindy will use $10,000 to create natural play spaces and the Mudjimba Community Kindy which has been allocated $9,000 to build an outdoor stage.

$15,000 is going to Nambour’s Golf Programs Australia to convert an undercover car park into a social enterprise project.

Equipment will be purchased in support of teenage youth programs at the Nambour Christian Church ($5,600) and Buderim based Fusion Australia ($2,500).

Meanwhile, Coolum’s Meals on Wheels, the Headland Buderim Croquet Club, Sunshine Coast Referees Assoc., the Nambour and District Historical Assoc. and the Diddillibah Community Hall Assoc. are all receiving between $2,500 and $5,500.

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