Rotary comes to centre's party
ROTARY has chipped in a cool $65,910 towards Hervey Bay’s new community centre just weeks before building is expected to start.
The result of three years’ fundraising efforts was presented to Fraser Coast mayor Mick Kruger at a Rotary function on Wednesday night.
Rotary Club of Hervey Bay Sunrise president Kevin Alexander said the money would go towards fit-outs, such as lounge chairs and the like, rather than the building.
The Federal Government has allocated $5.6 million for the state-of-the-art centre on Old Maryborough Road and the remainder will be part-funded by the State Government and the Fraser Coast council.
Mr Alexander said the Bay’s Rotary Sunrise club had raised the bulk of the $65,910 through the annual Cruise for Charity yacht races, Tour De Bay bike ride and the 2009 Fraser Coast Living Expo. Rotary’s Hervey Bay and Hervey Bay City clubs assisted with the events.
“We offered to help when organisers from the Neighbourhood Centre weren’t sure how to raise such a large sum of money,” Mr Alexander said.
Work on the $11.4 million community centre in Pialba is expected to start in early November.