Grant has worked a lifetime for charity organisations, community groups, youth and families at risk. 

 

This started at the early age of 12 years old...

 

  • Helped dig the foundations for the Southport Nippers Club;

  • Consecutive lifesaving fundraising highest collector over his senior years;

  • First ever Southport Art Show fundraiser;

  • Not just one, but two building renovations to the two special children's units attached to the Tweed Hospital for the Rotary Club;

  • Surf Club renovations and extensions at Kirra, Burleigh, Northcliffe, Southport Nipper and Seniors Club at no cost to the clubs and in some cases at great cost to him and his company;

  • 2000 Prime Ministers Australian Sports Medal; 

  • Qld 2001 Volunteer Medal  Award;

  • Saved the Southport Bathing Pavilion from over development and suggested the “Pavilion 34” Name it currently has,

  • 2002 Qld Coaches Awards‎ volunteering coaching for 45 years in many disciplines from Lifesaving to Rowing;

  • Winning 12 Australian, 43 State individual and team medals as well as numerous Branch medals and coaching medals

  • Volunteer Lifesaver for over 46 years as senior and 50 years from his Nipper days;

  • Professional Lifeguard for 8 years;

  • Helicopter Rescue Crew member;

  • Major fundraising events organiser, events such as the Conrad Jupiter's 300 Club Ball for 7 years raising over 30,000 a year‎. A major Community Flood concerts for the Gratton Shire after the 2010 tragic floods in the SE Qld and Festivals for youth at risk programs;

  • Received one of Rotary's highest‎ honours in the Paul Harris Fellows Award

  • Local Government Councillor for 8 years from 2004-2012, working closely with many of the Community groups to improve the social infrastructure and master planning the north

  • Patron for many community groups over a long period- from little athletes, U3A, Youth Centres to Runaway Bay RSL Sub Branches, as a result of his hands on approach getting down and dirty with his community;

  • Help set up the Gold Coast North Youth Centre at Runaway Bay stages 1 and 2 in a new youth precinct, raising thousands of dollars and man hours to the project;

  • Help develop and coordinated the major renovation of the Runaway Bay RSL Sub Branch Memorial and the Q150 improvements, huge hit and winner of a special mention in the Urban Design Awards; (references and award available);

  • Has taken on many apprentice/youth through his renovation company, ‎to teach them the fun around sport but a trade too, with several young men now owning their own small businesses;

  • Founder and voluntary builder of the Coomera Watersports Club from 1999-2017. Raising over 2 million dollars to buildings this facility for the Community and his family were awarded life members;

  • Set up a not-for-profit entity called Connecting Northern Gold Coast Inc. in 2014 to help raise funds for Youth at Risk and their families. Their signature event is the Festival of Elegance and one major project they took on was the Kane Bennett Community Project in 2015;

  • ‎This Kane Bennett Community Project, saw Grant coordinate a first ever Community Renovation Blitz after the traffic death of Kane Bennett during the 2015 Elections when the whole family was struck by lightning while attempting to shelter for the storm. With the help of the local Community Radio Station Hot Tomato, Grant coordinated over 160 trades and volunteers to deliver the Gold Coast first and only true renovation Blitz. Raising $350,000.00 towards the extensions and full renovation and landscaped project, including lifetime swimming lesson for the two children all in only 8 weeks.

  • Grant continues to help and work voluntary to any worthwhile cause to this day;

  • Grant has donated from his own pocket too for over Eleven years, a bursary for the Teri Ivey Quiet Achiever Award

Some people have helped to build the coast for a few years...
Grant has been building the Gold Coast Community for a lifetime

Above: Queensland finalists for Australian of the Year - Local Hero's Category