We've worked with the Hervey Bay Bird Watchers and the Hervey Bay 60 And Better Camera Club and have also provided in-kind sponsorship and preferential rates to significant regional events including, but not limited to, The Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race; The Bay To Bay Yachting Classic; The Fraser Island Challenge; Clean Up Fraser Island; The Qantas Pathfinders Charity Flight; Paddle for Leukaemia; Starlight Foundation's Five Chef Dinner - Queensland; and Lars Olsen's annual Forget Me Not Children's Home charity ball. Groups such as International Student Volunteers also receive preferential rates in recognition of their commitment to the environment.
We also financially support The Australian Marine Conservation Society.
The resort also has a long history of participating with local job network agencies, to help locals gain work experience and find employment in tough times. Over the past twenty years we've worked with a variety of agencies including the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations (DEIR) funded Dhugamin CDEP Indigenous Program; with Steps Employment; and with Sarina Russo helping the long-term unemployed gain valuable work experience in hospitality.
Dhugamin Indigenous Employment Program – this program offers on-site training and employment opportunities, in a hospitality organisation, for unskilled indigenous workers. Coursework is conducted over 12-weeks and indigenous students are offered employment on completion of the course. Our last intake in the Dhugamin CDP Indigenous work-training program saw twelve students apply. Eight students completed the course and were offered full-time employment at the resort (in a variety of departments).
Fraser Coast job agency Steps helps adults overcome literacy and learning barriers to find employment. An advantage of the Steps Employment program is that our HR team were able to assess participants' strengths with the Steps Coordinator, prior to job placement, then match to the job that best suited to their skill set. The resort was fortunate enough to be in a position to job offer several of the candidates, after they'd successfully completed the 2012 program.
Kingfisher Bay supports a local back-to-work program for mature aged people 40+ - usually mothers out of the workforce – who need to update skills. Students complete work placements and are offered employment at end of course.
Hervey Bay Site is a local community partnership, which assists young people with school-to-work transitions. Kingfisher is a host employer offering traineeships and apprenticeships.
We have also worked closely with disadvantaged kids at Glendyne Education - an alternative education facility for disengaged youth (kicked out of regular school for behavioural and social problems) – providing school-based practical hospitality training at the resort.