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In 2016, to celebrate the coming together of IMB Bank and Shire… Local Banking, we created the Shire Community Foundation, pledging $300,000 over three years to support the Shire community. Now in its third year, the Shire Community Foundation is proud to support another group of remarkable community projects, made possible by people, not-for-profit and charitable organisations that provide meaningful, grassroots change.

We are proud to support these amazing community projects in 2019

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

Kooka-Resilience Manuals

This project will allow Kookaburra Kids to develop and print reusable manuals for the Foundation’s Kooka-Resilience program. The program combines mental health education, fun activities and social connectedness on a regular basis for children and young people who live in families affected by mental illness.

Bundeena Men’s Shed

Public Access Defibrillator

The Bundeena Men’s Shed provides a safe, friendly and healing environment where men can work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time, in the company of other men. An important part of our community, the Shed aims to advance the wellbeing of our male community members and to encourage social inclusion.

Cancer Patients Foundation

Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better is a free national community service program run by the Cancer Patients Foundation, dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side effects caused by treatment for any type of cancer.


Engadine Rural Fire Brigade

Securing the station

As well as protecting properties from bushfires and assisting the community when natural disasters occur, the Engadine Rural Fire Brigade is the main brigade that provides catering to all the Sutherland Shire brigades (and brigades from outside the Shire) when large firefighting operations or exercises occur. The installation of security cameras will ensure the station is safe from vandal attacks.

Heathcote Rural Fire Brigade

Portable Radios

Tools of communication are vital for firefighters to provide status updates and information on fire and search activity. Funding will purchase portable radios that are critical to operations, enabling crew to stay in touch when away from the truck.

Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation

It’s Holiday Time - Slow Down Kids Around

Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation works with local councils to display brightly coloured, attention-grabbing signage with road safety messaging targeted at drivers, child pedestrians and their carers. The goal is to have drivers “Slow Down!” and carers “Hold Hands" with children aged 10 years and younger. There is a special focus on increasing awareness to the lifesaving importance of child pedestrian safety during school holiday periods as many children are out and about and school zones are no longer operational.


Minerva School

New Resources for Students

Minerva School’s behaviour and special needs educators provide holistic, individualised learning programs to support every student living with disability to achieve their potential. This project will provide specialised disability therapy equipment, including sensory regulation tools and flexible furniture to optimise the learning environment. It will also provide students with equal opportunities to become 21st century learners by engaging with adapted STEAM Technology and a 3D Printer.

The Older Women’s Network NSW

Wellness for Older Women

Older Women’s Network Sutherland welcomes the funding from the IMB Community Foundation to provide additional activities classes, particularly for the popular Qigong. The extra class will allow 60-70 women to benefit from this activity.

Project Youth

Café Y

“We don't employ young people to make coffee, we make coffee to employ young people.” Café Y is a café with a conscience and a goal to support young people as they learn the skills they need to move into open employment. Funding will be used to rejuvenate the café and purchase new equipment.


Sandy Point Rural Fire Brigade

Lockers and Laundry

With the purchase of lockers and commercial laundry equipment, Personal Protective Clothing & Equipment (PPC/E) will be stored and laundered appropriately. This can increase response time in an emergency and ensures contaminated PPC/E is contained to set areas of the station, increasing safety for firefighters, their families and the communities.

SCAD Research

SCAD Resource Kits

SCAD Heart Attacks affect healthy, fit adults with no risk factors for heart disease. Due to a lack of understanding about SCAD in the community, survivors leave hospital feeling confused, with little support or information, which can impact their recovery. This project will improve patient support by providing education kits about SCAD for patients and medical professionals across the Shire.

The Shire Bands

The New Horizons Community Band

The New Horizons Community Band features five ensembles, comprised of adults who are either learning to play or returning to music, and rehearses weekly in the Sutherland Brass Band Hall. This funding will provide for regular performances in nursing homes in the Sutherland Shire and larger concerts at local venues, without cost to the facilities or attendees.


Sylvanvale Foundation

Leckey Mygo Stander

Funding will purchase a new Leckey Mygo Stander for shared use by children with disability in the Emu Room at Sylvanvale’s all abilities Mikarie Child Care Centre. The Stander is designed to help children in wheelchairs fulfil their mobility and standing needs, and promotes independence, safety and inclusion.

Top Blokes Foundation  

Stepping Up Program

The Stepping Up Program supports boys aged 10-13 years through an 8-week mentoring program. Through weekly mentoring and social education workshops, participants have access to positive role modelling and develop knowledge and skills to address risk-taking, peer pressure and bullying while fostering mental wellbeing, good online behaviours, anger management, leadership and teamwork.




  2018 Shire Community Foundation Projects

Sensory Garden & Outdoor Learning Area


Funding will be used to build a Sensory Garden and Outdoor Learning Area for the benefit of all WRPS students, and especially those with learning difficulties. The Sensory Garden and Outdoor Learning Area has been designed by local landscape experts and incorporates multiple sustainable elements. 

Tools for Growth


The Menai Men’s Shed has recently experienced a growth in membership and now has over 70 members. Funding will allow the shed to purchase new tools to replace old and worn tools currently in use.

Construct a Paved Pathway


The Shire Woodworking Club will construct a pathway at the side of their premises to provide safe access to the part of the site housing a BBQ area, garden shed and
dust extractor.

Water Safety Project


The 1st Grays Point Scout Group is classified as a Sea Scout group. Purchase of 20 life jackets will ensure the safety of cubs and scouts of this and other scout groups in the local community during water activities. 

Capturing History


As the birthplace of the nation, the Sutherland Shire has a rich and diverse history. Capturing History will see the society purchase new equipment to enable the transfer of an extremely large collection of historical records, film and slides for posterity. 

Look Good Feel Better


Look Good Feel Better is a free national community service program run by the Cancer Patients Foundation, dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side effects caused by cancer treatment. Women, men and teens participate in practical workshop demonstrations covering skin care, make-up and head wear, leaving them empowered and ready to face their cancer diagnosis with confidence. 

Marine Rescue Volunteer Training 


Marine Rescue volunteers must achieve nationally recognised qualifications in order to become operational. The project aims to train 70 marine rescue radio operators and rescue vessel crew, as well as equip six current volunteer members with nationally recognised training and assessment qualifications. 

Defibrillator for Engadine Public School 


Engadine Public School enjoys the support of our community volunteers, many of whom are grandparents and older members of the community. Engadine Public School will purchase a defibrillator for the school office. 

Flexible Furniture for Better Learning 


Extending 2017’s innovative and highly successful Active Stools for Better Learning Project, this project extends the proven benefits of seating to accommodate compulsive/regular movement to all students. In addition, the project provides each student with a flexible desk, an innovation to compound the benefits of improved self-regulation for all students. Flexible furniture will assist students with Attention Deficit Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder and anxiety-related psychosocial conditions.

Water Activities Training Centre 


Scouts aims to provide social development and education opportunities for young people through fun and adventure activities. The 2nd Caringbah Scout Group will purchase equipment enabling them to run courses in water safety, canoeing and basic sailing for up to 400 people each year.

Mental Health Resources for Kids 


Through this project Kookaburra Kids will print psychoeducation resources to support the building of coping skills, resilience and mental illness knowledge in children who live with a family member affected by mental illness.

Midwifery Group Practice 


Roll out of new equipment to support teams will allow the practice to run a field service for patients in the Shire. This is a new midwifery model of practice requiring laptops, mobile phones and other medical equipment.

Extraction Room Renovation 


180 members and around 1,350 visitors used the honey extraction room at the Sutherland branch of the Illawarra Beekeepers Association last year. Renovation to the honey extraction room will make it compliant with Australian Standards for food preparation areas.

New Horizons Community Band


The Shire Bands incorporates concert and stage bands as well as four ‘New Horizons’ ensembles for adult learners and comeback players. These community bands perform regularly at community events and nursing home visits. Funding will be used to purchase new music suited to both the audiences in nursing homes and the skill level of band members. 

Love Bites


Love Bites is an extremely successful school-based Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault prevention program based on best practice standards for education. Funding will enable Sutherland Shire Family Services to train a number of new facilitators and provide basic resources for the delivery of the program. 

Sylvanvale Kids Club


The Sylvanvale Kids Club ensures that school aged children with disabilities are cared for after school, during school holidays and on the weekends. Sylvanvale Kids Club want to improve their space with the purchase of toys, technology sensory and therapy products specially designed for children with disabilities.

  2017 Shire Community Foundation Projects
Organisation Project Name Project Description

Endeavour Special Kids with a Disability

Active Stools for Better Learning

Compulsive movement is a self-regulating behaviour of some students in the Special Education Unit at Endeavour Sports High. Purpose designed stools that allow movement while remaining seated mean students stay seated longer and demonstrate better learning and behaviour outcomes.

Caringbah Craft Activity Centre for the Disabled Caringbah Craft Centre Since 1976, the Caringbah Craft Centre for the Disabled has been providing opportunities for people recovering from stroke and people with disabilities to socialise and to be productive. The purchase of a new Table Saw will enable the centre to improve their manufacture of wooden toys.
Engadine Rural Fire Brigade Equipment Upgrade In addition to protecting property and supporting the community through natural disasters, the Engadine Rural Fire Brigade is also responsible for catering to all the Sutherland Shire Brigades when large operations occur. Upgrade of equipment vital to this activity will allow ERFB to continue to provide exceptional catering services.
Sutherland Hospital Equipment for The Birthing Unit The Birthing Unit at Sutherland Hospital has five delivery suites. Funding will be used to purchase of equipment for The Birthing Unit including electronic thermometers, baby scales and foetal heart rate monitors.
Sutherland Shire Historical Society Inc. Focused on the Future As the birthplace of the nation, the Sutherland Shire has a rich and diverse history. Focused on the Future aims to transfer written and oral history materials into a modern format providing easy access to information via purpose built software and touch screens.
3Bridges Community Limited Holding & Helping Families with Disabilities Holding & Helping’s Early Years Support Service provides support for new mothers and families who may be dealing with anxiety, ill health, post-natal depression or disabilities. Seventy volunteers will support these women and their families with practical support delivered via home visits.
Cancer Patients Foundation Look Good, Feel Better Look Good, Feel Better is a free community program dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage appearance-related side effects caused by cancer treatment. Practical workshops can help women, men and teens rebuild their confidence during a very difficult time.
SGSCC disAbility Mates Shed: Ability Woodworking Supporting over 140 clients with a disability in their need to make flexible choices, SGSCC disAbility, plans to provide a Mates Shed where clients can learn new woodworking skills. SGSCC disAbility clients will be involved in the planning and set up of the Mates Shed. 
Menai Men’s Shed Inc.  MMS Shed Outfit With 65 members and space for only 12, the Menai Men’s Shed needs more space. The MMS Shed Outfit include plans to expand the current shed to a 24 x 4 metre space allowing for office and meeting areas as well as metal working space.
Port Hacking Potters Group New Skills for Shire Potters Who better to learn from than a master? The Port Hacking Potters Group are learning new skills from the best with a workshop led by a master potter. The workshop will allow members of the Port Hacking Potters Group and members of the public to upgrade their pottery and ceramics skills. 
Sylvanvale The Inclusive Classroom People with a profound disability are nine times less likely to participate in activities outside their home and 56% have had trouble with social inclusion. The Inclusive Classroom uses a customised therapeutic horticultural space to allow children and young people to connect with each other, grow and prepare food and improve their communication skills, physical abilities and ultimately their confidence.
Enough is Enough Anti Violence Movement Inc. The Promise Keeper Project The Promise Keeper Project delivers multi-media, interactive domestic violence programs to around 2,000 school students from Year 3 to Year 11. The program explores respectful relationships, details the different types of domestic violence though stories of survivors, and explains where kids can find help.
PCYC Sutherland Work, Sweat, Achieve PCYC policy states that under 16s can use cardio equipment in the gym, but not weights. The purchase of a treadmill and cross trainer will allow the PCYC to cater for under 16s, providing a space for disadvantaged youth to engage in activities aimed at building resilience, citizenship and improved mental and physical health.