Building Better Communities

Council has partnered with Sunshine Coast Health Network and the Brisbane Broncos to deliver the Building Better Communities Program in schools across the region. 

The partnership involves collaboration with local police, services and topic experts to give young people the right messages at the right time. 

The aim of the program is to inspire young people to be the best they can, so that they can help create better communities.

Program features

  • Personal development and education sessions on topics such as active lifestyles, drugs and alcohol, social media, respectful relationships and financial literacy.
  • Sessions are delivered by former Broncos player, Gympie region resident and father, Darren Burns.
  • Local police are closely involved in the development and delivery of sessions, with counselling practitioners and topic experts engaged for specific sessions.
  • Students from year 6 to year 12 can participate.
  • Council funding covers program costs so that all schools can participate.

Schools can select from the following packages to supplement other well-being programs being run at schools:

  • Smarter Choices Program - delivered to year 6 students: goal setting, active lifestyles, financial awareness, self-responsibility, drugs, family and domestic violence.
  • Win at Life - delivered to secondary school students: personal branding, social media, respectful relationships, achieving your dreams.
  • Boys 2 Men - education for boys including appropriate behavior, goal setting, team work, volunteering/
  • Betterman Program - evidenced based personal development and mental health promotion program for young men in the senior years of schooling.

How to get involved

The program will be delivered over 2016 and 2017.

Download the following information flyers and contact Darren Burns on 0412 809 108 or by email at to discuss participating in the program.

Further information

For further information, contact Council’s Community Development Team on 1300 307 800 or via email at


This program is supported by funding from the Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN.