We’ve already gone through the application process and allocated funding for round one winners of Stronger Communities Grants. Read about the successful applicants below and click on each link to find out about their individual project.

Successful Applicants 

OrganisationProject NameAllocation ($)
Active Opportunities Inc.Miniroos Disability Kick-Off Program12,800

The MiniRoos Disability Kick-Off Program is the national introductory football project for boys and girls with a disability aged 4-9 years. This program uses short, game-based sessions to introduce the sport of football to newcomers in a fun and inclusive way and provides grassroots football participants with more playing options and opportunities to try the world game. The MiniRoos Kick Off Program has been developed in line with the game-sense philosophy of sport participation.

This approach to sport delivery emphasises a move away from traditional coach dominated sessions to those that are player-centred, using game-like situations rather than technical drills. Active Opportunities will be implementing the MiniRoos Disability Kick-Off Program across four of the Northern Beaches Council Wards including Narrabeen, Frenchs Forest, Manly and Pittwater.

The implementation of the program will be completed over a one-year period commencing in April 2017 to be completed in April 2018. The program will be delivered initially within one suburb for eight weeks, in line with Term 2 of the school year, and then be implemented in a secondary suburb for eight weeks in the next school term (etc.) until the program has been delivered within each of the four suburbs above. The program will be delivered on Saturday mornings for one hour. This type of environment teaches the fundamentals of a sport in a fun, engaging, which would suit children with a disability to participate within an inclusive environment.

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)Aspect Vern Barnett School Years 5 & 6 Excursion6,350

Each year we take our year 5 and 6 students on an overnight camp to complement the syllabus and to build upon their skills in the areas of confidence, independence and social skills. In alternate years, we visit Canberra as part of the HSIE syllabus on understanding the government of Australia. In the other years, we visit the Sydney Academy of Sport at Narrabeen to participate in a program forming part of the PDHPE syllabus with an emphasis on health and wellbeing, building resilience and confidence. In 2017, the Sydney Academy of Sport camp will be held over 3 days and 2 nights from 30 August to 1 September 2016. We will have 17 young people participating from both our main campus at Forestville and satellite classes.

Barrenjoey High School P&C AssociationBarrenjoey Community Performance Space25,000

The construction of a 200 seat purpose-built community performance space-a tiered auditorium including a gallery space, to be built in two stages. Stage 1 will be an outdoor auditorium with tiered concrete seating with doors connecting through to the existing Barrenjoey High School hall/gymnasium. The completion of this stage will ensure an outdoor performance area ready to use by both school and Northern Beaches community groups for music recitals, concerts/rehearsals, theatre/dance performances, film/comedy events, meetings/functions.

Be CentreDouble number of therapy rooms to help twice as many local children24,451

Be Centre has been supporting local children since 2008. Recently referrals from government and local agencies have led to an increase in the number of children presenting and the levels of trauma children are presenting with. Be Centre now has nearly 100 children on a six month waiting list to start programs. These children have been impacted by domestic violence, family breakdown, sexual assault, neglect, parental drug and alcohol addiction, parental death or suffering anxiety. This is too long for children to wait for support.

Play Therapy is one of the few psychological modalities suitable for children aged 3-13 and Be Centre is a unique Australian charity that supports many of the children through community funded scholarships. Be Centre currently has 3 play rooms and one room for older children. With this funding, we plan to double our infrastructure and build 3 additional Play Rooms to double capacity. This will ensure children and families in crisis will get the support they need and in a timely manner. Children in crisis experience behavioural and learning difficulties. Extended waiting periods could mean a child waits half a school year before receiving support. This will ensure the northern beaches has a national centre of excellence in this field. Over a 10 year period this would ensure 1800 additional children could receive support (based on 3 clients per day and sessions lasting 12 weeks).

Fighting Chance AustraliaBoosting Fighting Chance's Social Impact on the Northern Beaches25,000

Fighting Chance is a local, grass roots not-for-profit disability service provider that has grown up on the Northern Beaches. From our humble beginnings supporting eight clients in our tiny Brookvale office (opened in 2011), we now support over 140 people with disability from the Northern Beaches area to access vocational participation and employment opportunities through our two innovative social enterprises located in Frenchs Forest. Due to increasing demand for our services from the local community, in 2017, we will be expanding our presence and boosting our social impact on the Beaches by:

  • Doubling the capacity of our innovative day program for young adults with severe and profound disability ('Avenue') by opening a new Avenue work hub in Frenchs Forest
  • Relocating and expanding our digitisation and document management business 'Jigsaw' to a larger office in Frenchs Forest, which employs people with mild to moderate disability. In doing so we seek to create additional employment, skills development and transition to work pathways within Jigsaw for school leavers with disability from the Beaches.
  • Implementing a fit-for-purpose Client Management System (CMS) across all hubs and enterprise to streamline our operations and underpin our growth across the Beaches in 2017.

With this expansion project, Fighting Chance aims to build its own capacity, and that of the Northern Beaches community, to be truly inclusive and to provide improved infrastructure and services to some of the area's most marginalised residents.

Fisher Road Public School P&C AssociationSensory Room Project32,000

The primary goal of the project is to develop and maintain a world class sensory room available to our students at Fisher Road School and to people with a disability in the community, their families and carers. This will cater for the 60 students at the school aged 4-18 years who have a moderate to severe intellectual disability. In addition the room will be available to the local community outside school operating hours. It will also attract visiting special needs classes and after hours respite care programs for adults and children with disabilities.

Most students have challenges with sensory processing and find it a daily challenge to integrate all the sensory input that is inevitable in daily life. The sensory room will have multiple areas that are adaptive and can be relaxing or stimulating, whilst promoting nurturing and resilience in children with limited verbal and physical ability.

The secondary goal was to include the whole community in the project and spread awareness about daily challenges of people with special needs. Setting up a sensory room, due to its speciality, tends to cost a vast amount of money, however with careful and ingenious planning and involvement of the community we hope not only to reduce the cost but also bring the community together in a joint effort that will benefit both parties in the long run.

Forestville Park Tennis ClubUpgrade tennis court lighting to LED8,550

Remove all existing metal halide lamps and globes and install new LED lights.

Friends of Freshwater Inc.Freshwater Village Public Art Project29,769
Currently Freshwater village has no public art to depict its history; its Indigenous heritage; its early settlement more than a century ago: the development of its institutions (literary institute, public school, postal service etc); its tragic Anzac heritage, and its surfing culture. We propose to utilise 5 concrete pods in the Freshwater village plaza to install aboriginal art, community artefacts; memorabilia, wall murals and historical storyboards to redress this deficiency. As the images attached show, these pods contain no vegetation, provide limited seating, and weathered, unpainted, concrete surrounds. Freshwater has a strong sense of community and its village is one of the last of its kind. It is our objective to provide a stronger sense of space, amenity and community and to enhance work already undertaken by council. The Freshwater village plaza is an important gathering point.
Lifeline Northern BeachesLifeline Northern Beaches Website upgrade5,300

Upgrade to Lifelines Northern Beaches Website to meet an ever changing technology to communicate with younger members of the community in a more responsive/interactive communication. Currently our website does not react to urgent inquiries from younger people who are in the primary group affected by feelings of isolation and hopelessness.

Many people today are more comfortable with digital interaction, via their phone or laptop. The new website will be responsive and able to deal with higher levels of crisis communication and response. This is vital when someone who is depressed or for a carer who requires support/advice on how to help and perhaps save a life.

The new website will be developed locally to include:

  • Counselling- Point of crisis
  • Pre- intervention care
  • Training courses
  • Advice Videos
  • Pod cast
  • Fundraising
Manly Women's ShelterMWS Vehicle Project29,106

This project has 3 problems to solve and one way to solve it - MWS needs a service - being a multi-purpose vehicle.

1. The women who stay with MWS are on a road to recovery. That road requires various medical, psychological and case related appointments that are outside of the shelter. The women do on occasion have access to Opal Cards, however not all the time and often they do not have the funds to top them up. This means that they may sometimes miss vital appointments - which can take months to rebook - impacting their healing process.

2. We have an extremely supportive community. That community often donates goods that can help us set up a woman in her new accommodation when she is ready to leave us. This includes coffee tables, bedside tables and often kitchen appliances. We love working with our community and can store a small amount of items in locked sheds on the property. We often don’t have much advance notice of when these items will become available - nor whether that coincides with a woman leaving the shelter, but we always try and take the items, in readiness of her departure.

3. When a woman is ready to move out of the MWS and into alternate accommodation, we need to help her move her belongings to her new home. Meaning she can continue her healing and re-join the community faster and more effectively because she has a comforting home environment.

Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre (NBISC)NBISC Capital Upgrade10,000

Following the $3.5m capacity expansion there are a number of relatively small projects required to cope with increasing demand and to enable larger state based tournaments to be held.

First, changes to the carpark have created a suboptimal and potentially unsafe exit from the building. Extending balustrading would alleviate this problem.

Second, the rapid increase in user numbers has swamped our storage capacity. Increased lockable caged storage is required.

Third, some of the original equipment in the building is nearly 20 years old and is approaching the end of its useful life. While $275k has been spent over the past five years updating major pieces of equipment there remain items that should be replaced or upgraded. There is one horizontal swinging hoop support system, four electronic scoreboards, four sets of shot clocks and two sets of volleyball posts that need replacing.

Fourth, some of the original fans are beginning to falter and require replacement.

Northern Beaches Interchange Inc.Beaches After School Club49,750

The project will provide an After School service to meet the needs of local children and young people with disabilities aged 5-18 who are currently unable to access this form of support.

The project will provide age appropriate social, recreational and skill building opportunities for children with staff and volunteers able to meet each child 's individual needs. It will provide an after School service for parents to enable them to engage/engage more vocational/employment opportunities. It will support families to manage often competing pressures and needs in the busy after school period. The project will support each child and young person to have fun play opportunities and downtime after school whilst also providing opportunities for the development of social and independence skills. It is envisaged that the project will be based in Arranounbai and/or Fisher Road Schools to meet an already identified need and be open to children from within and outside those school communities.

The project will also enable NBI to identify and pursue opportunities to “seed” similar clubs in other locations dependent on demand to meet more need in our community. Significant demand for this service has been identified, currently no service exists for High School age students who often, unlike their peers are unable to spend time unsupervised at home and/ or readily access other leisure opportunities.

Primary aged children will continue to be supported to access OOSH facilities wherever possible, but access is extremely limited and demand outstrips places particularly for children with high support needs.

NSW State Emergency Service - Warringah Pittwater UnitEmergency vehicle safety and utility project15,620

The Warringah Pittwater Unit of the SES is based at Terrey Hills and comprises around 100 volunteers from the local Northern Beaches Council area. Whilst SES State Headquarters provides funding for the basic ongoing operations of our unit, there are many expenses incurred throughout the year that require us to generate additional funds.

Our volunteer members raise funds in a number of ways including events such as sausage sizzles at Bunnings and assistance at some events like the Pub to Pub fun run. The money raised is used to supplement funds from SES HQ or items such as defibrillators, life jackets and emergency lighting systems.

Our SES unit has two cab chassis trucks which are 8 years old. They are fitted with a specialised rescue truck body on the rear which were transferred off our two previous trucks. The specialised rescue truck body contains our emergency equipment for use on jobs and provides a platform for emergency lights and sirens, and high visibility markings. The specialised rescue truck bodies were built in 1986 - it is a number of years before they are due to be replaced and they need urgent repairs now.

Pittwater Natural Heritage AssociationSupporting Bushcare in Mona Vale Basin Reserve12,000

To support and encourage the bushcare volunteers efforts within the Mona Vale Basin Reserve through engaging professional bush regeneration contractors to undertake works beyond the scope of the volunteers.

To restore the natural coastal dune and coastal rainforest environment through removal of weeds and replanting with appropriate native species, and to encourage natural regeneration where potential exists after weed control.

To engage the broader community, raise awareness and encourage stewardship of these significant coastal areas, and to increase social cohesion and activity within the local community.

Relationships Australia NSWTackling Violence10,000

Tackling Violence is a community education, early intervention and prevention program using men's involvement in sport as the context for attitude and behaviour change towards violence against women. The project has been operating since 2009, primarily in regional, rural or remote communities with significant Aboriginal populations.

Tackling Violence is unique in using the central role of rugby league as a vehicle to educate men about the nature and consequences of domestic violence and engage them as role models and advocates for action. This pilot Tackling Violence initiative will be delivered in a metro setting, offering sponsorships of $2,400 to Manly Warringah Rugby League Clubs, with an additional $600 available for Club representatives to complete Responsible Service of Alcohol training, as the major engagement mechanism.

The sponsorship requires all club officials, Under 17s, 19s and senior players to sign a Code of Conduct committing them to refrain from domestic violence, become community role models through a media campaign and participate in a domestic violence education workshop provided by trained Tackling Violence educators who are former NRL players. Penalties for Code of Conduct breaches include exclusion from games and club events, so the impact is felt by the entire team.

Clubs will be required to display Tackling Violence branding on playing kits and during matches/events, and commit to responsible service of alcohol practices through the Good Sports program coordinated by the Alcohol & Drug Foundation. The strategies linked to the Tackling Violence sponsorship will foster a stronger ‘Family Friendly ' culture within clubs.

Sea Life Conservation Trust Inc (auspicing Sustainable Organisations of Manly)SO Manly Single-Use-Plastic Reduction Project35,100

The strategy to reduce single-use-plastic will be focusing on customer awareness around plastic bags, straws, coffee cups and bottled water.

In 2016, SO Manly partnered with Plastic Free Manly to work on the issue of plastic bags. In 2017, this new project will develop and roll-out campaigns that engage and inspire consumers to change their behaviour surrounding all single-use plastic items and ultimately re-think their plastic footprint. We will hold quarterly beach clean events to show how much plastic is littered in our local environment and use these events as a fun way to raise awareness about the issue.

We communicate this challenging issue effectively by making it fun and recruiting local artists to create art on the day and perform music. We will have a turtle mascot and face painting for kids. We will also hold movie events with plastic documentary films as an opportunity to communicate our plastic reduction strategy.

Our strategy involves engaging with local businesses, schools and organisations. For businesses, we provide staff training to use the point of sale as a fun, educational experience to engage with our campaigns. Customer education is key to success. Furthermore, we will provide a platform on our website to put businesses in contact with the plastic alternative solutions. For schools, we use our turtle mascot to provide a curriculum-based educational session to raise awareness about the problem and solutions. We will network with other plastic pollution organisations to roll out the campaign across the Northern Beaches and beyond.

St John Ambulance Australia NSW – Manly Warringah DivisionReplace obsolete Radios10,785

St John Ambulance is a not for profit organisation and our volunteers provide first aid services to sporting groups, school fetes, community events and many other community activities on the Northern Beach. For many years we have provided first aid cover for events such as the Manly Food and Wine Festival, The Jazz festival, Brookvale show, Anzac and Vietnam commemorations and charity fund raisers.

Effective radio communication is a vital part of our ability to properly service these events. Over the next year our current analog radios are going to be phased out and we will need to replace them radios that have both analog and digital capabilities. The replacement cost is approximately $11,000 including appropriate chargers, and we somehow have to find the funds for their acquisition.

St Vincent De Paul Society NSWYouth Reach9,000

Youth Reach is undergoing major change with new programs and activities directed to a wide range of interest providing new opportunities for employment and training. Funding will be used to undertake urgent repairs to the roof of the youth centre and provide new computers and software for our youth training/education programs.

Currently the roof is leaking into the computer room, this needs to be repaired before the installation of new computers to the Youth Reach Learning Centre. Ten new computers and monitors will allow young people attending the centre the opportunities to complete their studies, complete homework, learn new skills such as Photoshop, social media administration.

Youth Reach have three full time staff who will coordinate the programs and work with clients on a daily basis. Also a number of specialist mentors have indicated their support to students to a successful outcome in gaining employment.


To address a gap in adult education for people with intellectual disability along with the impact of digital exclusion, Sunnyfield will develop and deliver 40 innovative Skills-for-Life courses that target opportunities for daily independence, social integration, education and employment.

For effective program delivery, we seek to purchase and install technology-driven equipment at Sunnyfield's Northern Beaches site,14 Rodborough Road, Frenchs Forest. Using visuals, text and internet resources to suit varying learning styles, courses will focus on Functional Self-Care, Community Skills, Areas of daily-living and technology use. Each course will include 4-16 participants and cover topics such as:

  • Using an iPad/Cyber Safety
  • Food Safety/Following recipes
  • Personal Appearance
  • Dental Care
  • Establishing and maintaining friendships
  • Intimate Relationships
  • Numeracy/Money recognition

Budgeting/purchasing Courses will run over four semesters, building participants' ability to gain requisite skills for accredited courses as well as enabling them to pursue individualised goals of independence, community inclusion and employment.

Using a Train-the-trainer model, key frontline staff will also receive training on supporting clients' technology needs within program and in the community. The project will equip Sunnyfield with capital equipment, while recurrent costs will be covered through internal resources.

The Burdekin AssociationThe Burdekin Association Cultural Program15,000

The Burdekin Association is based in the Northern Beaches and has accommodation options for young people 16-24 who are homeless. We support our young people to address past trauma, address social, emotional and physical needs. Assess a young persons ability to engage in education and employment and provide support and case management to ensure they work towards gaining the skills and abilities both socially, emotionally, educationally and work based so they can move successfully into independence ensuring that they move out of the welfare system permanently.

We currently have an over represented number of Tibetan young people that have come to us for assistance as they are homeless. We have identified that this cohort of young people have become isolated from their community and we need to learn to address this to reduce homelessness in this cohort. Currently 24% of our homelessness accommodation is accommodated by Tibetan young people.

The project will provide documented cultural training to our staff, it will create appropriate material targeted to prevent homelessness among this cohort as well as a culturally specific worker, employed by the Burdekin Association (1 day per week) to ensure we all immerse ourselves in the best way to work.

The Community PantryThe Community Pantry8,000

The Community Pantry has been running for 9 months at the North Narrabeen Sharks Footy Club to help those in need in the Northern Beaches. It is a growing organisation that provides a free healthy meal, in a safe environment. It also provides fresh fruit and vegetables, personal hygiene products and social support.

We provide craft for the children, gifts on special occasions like Mother's Day, entertainment via two musicians who also take instruments, so the children can join in the music, while mothers watch on and relax with other guests and volunteers.

The guests include single mothers with children, mothers with handicapped children, the homeless, refugees, the isolated, the unemployed and those recovering from addictions and mental illness.

We require funds to purchase a bbq, additional tables and chairs, cutlery and table-clothes, ongoing weekly food costs, emergency essential gift vouchers, a hot water service, fridge/freezer, vacuum cleaner so we can to continue to feed, support and help our guests.

The Humour FoundationClown Doctors – holiday program at Bear Cottage7,284

Since 2002, our no-fee Clown Doctors program has helped enhance the emotional wellbeing of children with life-limiting conditions cared for at Bear Cottage children's hospice, by treating them with doses of fun and laughter.

Clown Doctors performers like Dr Silly Billy and Dr Quack use fun and humour to deliver improvised performances to these sick children and their families. Highly empathetic and sensitive, performers use music, mime, magic, song, dance, etc to provide much needed feel-good/magic moments to alleviate stress, trauma and isolation resulting from their medical condition, procedures and hospice life.

Performers are highly professional, specially trained to work in sensitive settings, who can adapt to meet the individual needs during challenging situations. They also help to divert attention and/or distract a child during painful procedures/treatments. They provide children with a strong coping technique and lighten the environment for everyone.

The program is not government/hospital funded. In 2016 Bear Cottage visits were restricted due to funding pressures. This grant would ensure a significantly increased 2017/18 delivery, including:

  • 12 Clown Doctor visits (across school holiday periods) – 3 times more than 2016
  • A high-quality, tailored humour therapy program that actively engages and supports the
  • health/wellbeing of sick children, families and hospice staff in over 800 individual interactions.
  • The recruitment/training of two professional performers with high level skills and sensitivity,
  • equipping them with the knowledge and ongoing professional development to work with seriously
  • sick/hospitalised children for 12 months
  • Robust program monitoring and evaluation to maintain rigorous quality assurance
The Link Community Care Inc.Mobile Foodcare Project39,990

Currently The Link Community Care provides affordable groceries, fruit and vegetables at a low recovery fee every Friday at Cromer Community Centre. Services can be accessed by any low income earner and holder of a Centrelink benefit card – registration is conducted at the location and secondary identification (eg. drivers licence) is required. The existing 'STATIC' food care program has serviced 100 families per week for the past 4 years. During this time over 14,000 food hampers have been distributed. The existing 'STATIC' food care program has 900 families registered. The 'MOBILE Foodcare Project' (MFP) to be established would be an extension of the current ‘STATIC' Program enabling the assistance and support to reach out to the entire Northern Beaches Area.

Our research and current client base shows that many of those in need cannot make it to the current 'static' food care program as they are scattered throughout the Northern Beaches and either can't access transport or are unable to travel.

The 'MFP' would allow us to go to those in need either directly deliver to households or via central locations across the community on various days. For example the 'MFP' would allocate times and locations where people can access the service. e.g. Tuesdays in Brookvale, Wednesdays in Narrabeen, Thursday in Belrose etc throughout the Northern Beaches. The 'MFP' would be outworked within a large van (incl. refrigeration and annex). The 'MFP' would supply frozen meals, groceries, bread, fruit and vegetables whilst creating a community connection and support.

The Shepherd Centre – for deaf children"Clear & Confident Class Mate" – for deaf children on the northern beaches49,000

'Clear & Confident Class Mate' is a new initiative at The Shepherd Centre supporting the social integration of deaf children (and their families) from the Northern Beaches as they start mainstream school. The project will also deliver training and professional development to the early childhood educators and teachers in the Northern Beaches area so they can support children with hearing loss access the curriculum efficiently and effectively.

The new 12 month long program will run across a number of disciplines incorporating field specialists who cover parent orientation and education on the challenges their children will face in the noisy classroom and playground, individual child assessments and counselling support, group language and listening classes, social skills development sessions, school/classroom visits and teacher support.

'Clear & Confident Class Mate' will be helping more than 30 deaf children aged 5-9 years old from the Northern Beaches area and their families. Starting ‘big school' is a challenge for all children but hearing impaired children are often ostracised and can fall behind if they are not prepared with noise coping methods, social strategies and advocacy skills.

Feedback from families whose children have recently graduated from our program addressed a common social skills gap endured by their deaf children. Also our internal research shows that social skills are the foundation for a smooth integration into mainstream schools. This is key to ensuring the children with hearing loss flourish, succeed and feel included at school. 'Clear & Confident Class Mate' will empower the children and their parents so they can have a smooth integration into school life.

Wakehurst Golf Club Ltd. WakehurstResurface 4 plexi-pave courts30,360

Funds are required to resurface the four hardcourts, repair the seating and cabanas and install drop awnings to the pergola adjoining reception, hopefully in time for to host the Northern Beaches Hot Shots Grand Slam tournaments conducted by Northern Beaches Hotshots beginning on 18th February, 2017.

Five are held each school holidays and with 10 operational courts, Wakehurst is the main centre, utilising up to two other centres for the overflow.

We also host TNSW Junior development Tournaments; the NSW State Series on 18-19th December 2017 and on 8th January, 2018 we will host the Australian Bronze Junior Ranking tournament. The resurfaced hardcourts will also provide a currently much needed hardcourt venue on which juniors, particularly those wishing to compete in State and National tournaments can practice.

The repairs to the seating and cabanas are needed, but not essential for these events and awnings for the cabana will provide much needed shelter in inclement weather.

An independent probity advisor was appointed in accordance with the requirements of the Office of Local Government. In this capacity a review of all relevant documentation was undertaken as well as reviewing any declared conflict of interest and attending all meetings at which a recommendation was the intended outcome.

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How We Made the Selection

An appointed panel reviewed all relevant documentation plus any declared conflicts of interest. We also appointed an independent probity adviser who attended all meetings where a recommendation was the intended outcome in line with Office of Local Government requirements. You’re welcome to read the Round One Probity Report.