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A New Tractor For Sailability Shorncliffe

Story: Panayiota | Photo: John Pires Photography
Published On : May 27, 2024
A New Tractor for Sailability Shorncliffe
Every community organisation, no matter how big or small, is a business operating to support its clientele. In doing so, the staff/volunteers participate in maintaining daily operations plus implementing upgrades where necessary.

Sailability Shorncliffe Inc (SSI) is no exception to this rule.

As a not-for-profit whose volunteers offer sailing opportunities for people with disability, they recognised the benefits a new tractor would have towards safely transporting their sailing boats, dinghies and pontoons to Queensland Cruising Yacht Club (QCYC).

SSI Vice President Pete Kearney said they applied for a grant through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to raise funds for the tractor and were awarded $25,000.

“We contributed the remaining $5,000 and the tractor is now ours,” Pete said.

“We’re very grateful to Yvette D’Ath MP, Attorney General, Hon Stirling Hinchcliffe MP and Jared Cassidy, Councillor, who all supported SSI’s grant application.

“The tractor’s purpose is very important. It not only allows SSI to move the boats and pontoons up to QCYC’s launch ramp, it’s dedicated to this purpose and to ensuring safety for all concerned.

“Beforehand, two volunteers would hook our specially designed Access 303 sailboat, dinghies, as well as wheelchair-friendly pontoon onto the back of their personal vehicles, 4WDs. They then towed them to the launch ramp at QCYC every Monday.”

QCYC hosts SSI at 69 Sinbad St, Shorncliffe in sheltered waters adjacent to the mouth of Cabbage Tree Creek.

Pete said the SSI had named the new tractor 4 Gardens.

“4 Gardens honours Peter and Carole Garden and Paul and Nancy Garden, who have dedicated so much towards Sailability’s success over the years,” he said.

To help christen 4 Gardens, SSI is holding a special gathering on 4 June with invited guests, including Yvette D’Ath MP, Stirling Hinchcliffe MP and Councillor Jared Cassidy. Pete said the invitation list also included Premier Steven Miles, Anika Wells MP, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and Councillor Sandy Landers, whose ongoing support was greatly appreciated.

Sailability originated in the United Kingdom in the early 1980s with the aim that no person with a disability should be denied the opportunity to sail. Today the organisation is established in some 23 countries around the world. Australia alone offers this unique program in every state.