Grant funding lights up Bluewater Community Centre

Date published: 23 December 2020

Nineteen new environmentally-sustainable solar lights have been switched on at the Bluewater Community Centre thanks to more than $115,000 in grant funding.

The Flexible Funding Grants is jointly funded by the Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Local councillor Margie Ryder said the lighting upgrade at the Bluewater Community Centre was timely.

“The Bluewater Community Centre is more than just a hub for social events and programs – it is also an Evacuation Centre and forms part of Townsville’s major shelters and evacuation centres,” Cr Ryder said.

“The Bluewater Community Association came to Council after identifying the need for lighting at the centre’s carpark particularly during disaster season.

“They have now used a $116,850 grant to install 19 solar lights at the centre which will serve the community well for years to come.”

Cr Ryder said the installation of the lights couldn’t have come at a better time.

“We’re currently in disaster season, which means there is an increased risk of tropical storms, cyclones and bushfires. Having the Bluewater Community Centre well-lit will help prepare it to be ready to go if it needs to be used as an evacuation centre,” she said.

“It’s also great to have these lights in place for general use of the centre throughout the year, as it’s used as a meeting place for members of the community.”