Dozens of locals and community leaders came together to celebrate the launch of Scenic World Shared at Katoomba High School on July 25, with the new program to provide a range of opportunities to benefit the local community.

Developed with the input of staff, visitors and the local community, Scenic World Shared is Scenic World’s new philanthropic program that gives back to the local community and shares the benefits of tourism on a broader scale.

Working alongside four major partners committed to the sustainable growth of the community, the program builds the capacity of the Blue Mountains, paves the way for future leaders, and helps to preserve the environment for future generations.

Celebrating the program launch at Katoomba High School, Scenic World’s Managing Director Anthea Hammon said Scenic World Shared was part of the attraction’s ongoing effort to give back to the vibrant Blue Mountains community.

“We have a long history of supporting our community, but the Shared program allows us to do this in a more structured way so we can create a lasting impact,” she said.

As a Scenic World Shared education partner, Katoomba High School principal, Jenny Boyall, spoke passionately about the importance of supporting families and students on their education and employment pathway.

“We want to grow young people to help them be the best they can be, and the only way we can do that is by partnering with others,” she said. “We need to engage with parents to make a difference, which is about giving every family the opportunity to succeed.”

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s (FRRR) CEO, Natalie Egleton, also touched on the importance of supporting community groups that contribute to the vitality of the region.

“As the Scenic World community partner, we will invest in grassroots organisations that are enablers in the community by providing grants for projects that strengthen the prosperity of the Blue Mountains,” she said.

Scenic World Shared will launch a number of opportunities in the coming months, beginning with small grants for local projects, delivered in partnership with FRRR. The first round of grant applications open on August 14, 2017.

For more information, visit the Scenic World Shared opportunities page, or the small grants page of FRRR’s website.