Performances at this year’s Gladstone Region 1770 Festival were able to benefit from a new extension to the stage at the festival’s home, the SES Grounds.  

Shell QGC Communities Fund provided $40,000 to Discovery Coast Tourism and Commerce (DCTC) to construct an 8×4 metre extension to the existing 1770 Community Stage. 

The project was designed to improve the safety, security and functionality of the facility, with the added benefit of offering cost savings in running events such as Captain Cook 1770 Festival and Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival.  

Discovery Coast Tourism and Commerce Inc (DCTC) President Amber Rodgers, said the improvement to the community asset would benefit the whole community. “Accessing grants like the Shell QGC Communities fund allows us to host more events for the community,” Ms Rodgers said.  

“A lot of people have come together to make sure we could get the maximum out of this build. We have a roller door on one side of the building for loading purposes, and the extension adds space for a green room and storage between events,” Ms Rodgers continued.  

Ms Rodgers said many local businesses and individuals also generously provided in-kind support and donations which helped make the extension a reality.  

A spokesperson from Shell’s QGC business said, “Shell’s QGC business was thrilled to be able to assist the DCTC with the funding which saw the extension completed in time for this year’s Captain Cook 1770 Festival where it was utilised for the first time.” 

DCTC was among ten local organisations who received over $200,000 from Shell’s QGC business to execute grassroots community projects through the most recent round of its Communities Fund.  

The next Communities Fund round, for projects to be executed in 2020, is due to open in July.