Several funds for philanthropic
donations aimed at helping improve the city have been established by Council through
a process approved by the Minister for Local Government.
A not-for-profit body called Prosper
Coffs Harbour Limited will administer three trusts - the Coffs Harbour
Protection of the Environment Trust Fund, the Coffs Harbour Cultural Trust Fund
and the Coffs Harbour Futures Trust Fund. Prosper Coffs Harbour Limited is
managed by a Board of Directors made up of community and Council representatives.
“Having an opportunity to directly
influence the growth of our city by contributing in this way will enhance
community ownership and participation in our collective future,” said Coffs
Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight, at the launch of the funds at an event
in Novotel Pacific Bay Resort attended by around 75 members of the community. “Having
a vibrant and engaged community is fundamental to the wellbeing and economic
vitality of any community.”
The Coffs Harbour Protection of
the Environment Trust Fund's principal purpose is the protection and
enhancement of the natural environment, the provision of information, education
and research about the natural environment. The Coffs Harbour City Council Cultural
Trust was established to provide a source of funding for the promotion of
literature, music, performing arts, visual arts, design, new media, Aboriginal
Arts and creative industries within the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area.
An early initiative of the
Cultural Trust is the Coffs Harbour Youth Art and Cultural Scholarship, which
has been developed to assist young emerging artists in all art and cultural
forms who have demonstrated a high level of achievement in their chosen field.
“In summary, the funds from these
Trusts are to be used to fund projects across the Coffs Harbour Local
Government area that are important to the ongoing growth and development of the
economic, social, cultural and environmental basis of the community - and which
cannot be funded from existing sources,” added Prosper Coffs Harbour Chairman Steve
Individuals who donate over $2 to
either of the Trusts are eligible to receive a tax deduction.
For more information, or to make a
donation, go to www.prospercoffs.org.au ,
email email@example.com or call 02 6648 4000.