It's a win-win situation when big miners give back
OUR region's volunteers and not-for-profit organisations are the backbone of the communities in which they do what they do.
It is fitting they get a bit of a kick along, and who more fitting than the big businesses who are earning so much from the region?
Governments can do so much, and many such organisations would probably fold if not for the much-needed and appreciated government funding - local, state and federal.
But it is also the responsibility - or at least the right thing to do - for the big miners and energy giants to put back into the communities in which they operate.
QGC, developer of the Queensland Curtis LNG Project, is doing just that - and good on them.
It cuts both ways.
By doing the right thing these companies are viewed in a better light by those living in and outside those regions in which they operate - plus they foster goodwill and in return get better co-operation and acceptance by the community at large.
The Discovery Coast (Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy) seems far removed from all the activity further north - Curtis Island for example.
But there is a flow-on effect and many workers and executives of the big companies now have at least a presence in the district.
The Agnes Water Rugby League Club, the Marlins, has been a huge boost to the town, galvanising the community behind "their'' team.
So to get a hand from QGC for their new scoreboard and a boost from the council to help with the ground is just great.
Plus, there are plenty of local businesses and residents who are always putting their hands in their own pockets to foster community projects.
The good work, too, of the VMR is recognised by QGC's help in keeping the rescue boat in operation.