young-cadet-with-the-rural-fire-brigadeFollowing the recent sellout of Splendour in the Grass, the recipients of the 2009 Splendour in the Grass Community Grants have been announced.

Each year Splendour organisers select local community groups as beneficiaries of funds raised through a $2 contribution from every event ticket sold.

This year a total of $35,000 will be distributed between five not-for-profit groups based in Byron Shire. These are:

  • Byron Community and Cultural Centre – $15,420
  • Byron Bay Rural Fire Brigade – $7,500
  • The Uncle Project – $5,600
  • Rainforest Rescue – $5,000
  • Byron Shire Early Intervention Service – $1,480

The Byron Bay Community and Cultural Centre will receive $15,420 to facilitate a community service volunteer training program and an information, referral and advocacy service in partnership with community organisations throughout the region.

The Byron Bay Rural Fire Brigade will receive $7,500 toward a new program encouraging Year 9 and 10 Byron Bay High School students to join the Brigade through a 10 week cadetship program.

The objective is to provide young people in the Suffolk Park area with a sense of community pride. It is hoped that this program will help reduce vandalism in the Suffolk Park area.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to involve young people in a rewarding community organisation,” said Stuart Amos, Brigade President and Senior Deputy Captain.

“I see so many young people around Gaggin Park. The cadetship will give them ownership of an important service and allow them to give something back once they become Brigade members.”

The Uncle Project will be given $5,600 for a series of educational trips for boys from Byron Shire to learn about the environment and sustainability.

Rainforest Rescue’s grant of $5,000 will be used to initiate a pilot project to plant and maintain rainforest trees in a macadamia plantation.

The Byron Shire Early Intervention Service will receive $1,480 to run a music and therapy program for children with sensory dysfunction.

Since 2002, the Splendour In The Grass Community Grants program has seen $230,000 distributed to Byron Shire organisations including the Byron Bay Hospital Auxiliary, WIRES Northern Rivers, the Byron Environment Centre, the Youth Activities Centre, Byron Youth Services and the Belongil Restoration project.  

PICTURE: A young cadet with the Rural Fire Brigade.