North Byron Parklands, in conjunction with the Splendour in the Grass festival, has announced its community grant recipients.
A total of $25,000 will be distributed to: Shores United Soccer Club $10,000, Tidy Towns Ocean Shores $5,000, WIRES $2,000, Ocean Shores Primary School $2,000, Crabbes Creek Primary School $2,000, The Pocket Primary School $2,000, and Brunswick Heads Primary School $2,000.
‘It is only appropriate that we give back,’ said Splendour in the Grass organiser Jessica Ducrou. ‘We acknowledge that not everybody benefits from events.’
Splendour in the Grass says it has donated over $350,000 in direct cash donations throughout Byron Shire during its 13-year history. This figure excludes funds raised through the many hundreds of tickets donated to schools and community groups. It also excludes the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised at the festival itself by community groups over the years.
‘We struggle from year to year to exist,’ said Mark Patten, president of the Shores United Soccer Club. ‘This is a marvellous thing for a small struggling club. It’s really going to help with the club’s survival and will ensure that future generations of young people will be able to play the game of soccer at Ocean Shores.’
Tina Petroff, president of Ocean Shores Tidy Towns Committee, said, ‘It’s awesome to have the support of North Byron Parklands for our local environmental and landcare efforts. This $5,000 will go toward much-needed equipment as well as regular maintenance programs at the Lions and Shipway Lookout on Devines Hill and other reserves throughout Ocean Shores.’