Socio-Economic Contributions

2018/2019 Socio-Economic Contributions

During the 2017/2018 financial year The Waves:

  • Donated a total of over $1.43M to local communities and sport, including over 120 local business, organisation, and individual beneficiaries. 
  • Spent a total of over $87,000 in staff training and development.
  • Supplied a total of $284,000 in free music and entertainment.
  • Donated $1.03M to The Waves sixteen Sub Clubs.
  • Donated $62,000 to non-affiliated sporting organisations. 
  • Donated $342,000 to non-affiliated community organisations. 
  • Spent $24,000 on its Staff Bursary Program.

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2017/2018 Socio-Economic Contributions

During the 2017/2018 financial year The Waves donated:

  • Over $1.2M in cash and in-kind donations.
  • $717,416 directly to its fifteen Sub Clubs.
  • $33,199 donated to non-affiliated sporting clubs. 
  • $513,645 to 105 non-affiliated community organisations, businesses, and individuals including local schools, hospitals, and health centres. 

The Waves also supported its 87 staff this year with over $32,000 in training and development and over $17,000 in the Staff Bursary Program.

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2016/2017 Socio-Economic Contributions 

Proudly during the 2016/2017 financial year The Waves Sports Club:

  • Reinvested $7.6M back into the local community, which included contributions to over 120 local individuals and organisations plus the support of local businesses through the purchase of goods, services, meat, fruit and vegetables.
  • The Waves employed 83 local employees who received over $78,000 in training and development and $23,300 through the ongoing staff bursary program.
  • Injected $1.3M directly into the local community.
  • $744,579 donated in continued support of The Waves 15 affiliated Sub Clubs
  • $71,238 donated  towards non-affiliated sporting organisations.

From these efforts The Waves was recognised as the Clubs Queensland 2018 Club of the Year, Best Community Service by a Licensed Club Large, Best Social Club, Best Multi-Sports Club, Club Director of the Year, and for the eighth consecutive year, Best Club Wide Bay.

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2015/2016 Socio-Economic Contributions 

During the 2015/16 financial year The Waves:

  • Donated $1.23M to over 150 local individuals, businesses, and organisations.
  • Paid over $3.6M in state taxes.
  • Spent over $90,000 in the development and training of its people, with $30,000 spent on staff incentives and rewards.
  • Donated $450,000 to non-affiliated sporting and community organisations.
  • Donated over $730,000 on its fifteen affiliated sporting Sub Clubs.

With this level of community contribution and support it is little wonder why The Waves was once again Best Community Organisation in 2017.  

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2014/2015 Socio-Economic Contributions 

"Supporting The Waves means not only supporting one club, it means supporting your entire local community."


2012/2013 Socio-Economic Contributions

2012/2013 was a tumultuous year for Bundaberg and the surrounding areas with January 26, 2013, marking the beginning of what was to become the worst flood on record for the area, followed by many, many months of cleaning, rebuilding, and resettling homes and emotions for many of the region's people and businesses. To this day, some homes and businesses still aren't back to what they once were. 

Banding with the people of its community, The Waves Sports Club stood firm in its plan to remain one of the largest contributors of support, donations, and contributions to the local community.

In total, from period July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013:

  • Affiliated sub-clubs benefited directly from $654,405 in cash donations and in-kind support.
  • Non-affiliated sporting organisations received $23,505 in cash donations and in-kind support.
  • Non-affiliated community organisations benefited with $497,202 worth of cash donations, hire, and use of facilities.

2011/2012 Socio-Economic Contributions

During the 2011/2012 financial year The Waves Sports Club remained to be one of the leading businesses within Bundaberg and surrounding areas for community contributions

The Waves prides itself on being an integral part of this vibrant community and after 44 years, considers itself to now be as iconic the the Bundaberg region as sugar cane and ginger beer, and as such, recognises great responsibility to the region that has continuously supported and nurtured its long-standing growth and improvement.

"We recognise great responsibility to the region that has continuously supported and nurtured our long-standing growth and improvement."

As a snapshot, last financial year, The Waves:

  • Donated $1.1M directly to the local community in cash, in-kind, and financial donations.
  • Spent $1.9M in purchases and local business partnerships.
  • Included its sixteenth affiliated Sub Club, The Waves Cities Hockey Club.
  • Contributed over $680,000 in donations to the running costs, support, equipment, training and assistance to these clubs.
  • Donated over $370,000 to 115 local organisation, business, and individual recipients.