Community is one of our core values. At Grocon, we believe in leaving this world in a better place than we found it and using our skills and experience to help those who need our support. We collaborate with a range of community partners on all of our projects and we create initiatives, and host events, to add value to the work that these partners deliver. Our key community partners are Southport Special School, yourtown and Griffith University.

  • Southport Special School

    Image: Cameron Crichton (P&C President), Simon Spicer (Morrow Cranes), David Rogers (Principal of Southport Special School), Steven Grimes (Grocon Parklands Project General Manager) and Southport Special School students.

    Southport Special School is one of Queensland’s largest special schools, catering to students with intellectual impairments. Southport provides dedicated and tailored education for over 200 students aged from 5 to 18years old. A large percentage of the school’s population has additional disabilities, including: autism, hearing, vision, and physical impairments.

    We chose Southport Special School as a key partner because of the positive work they do for children with disabilities. Through this partnership we aim to raise $100,000 for essential education equipment and services and provide in-kind support with key suppliers and subcontractors. So far our work has included: Working Bee (our team painting school facilities), in addition to fund raising activities on-site at the Parklands Project.

  • Yourtown

    Image: Steven Grimes (Project General Manager) - Parklands, Grocon, Dean Brunker (Consultant) – yourtown & Grant Beckett (Executive Project Manager) - Grocon

    Yourtown (formally BoysTown) is a specialist service provider dedicated to enabling young people to improve their quality of life, especially those who are marginalised and without a voice. Their services include: job services, training, education, family refuges, and helping with parenting.

    We chose yourtown as a key partner because of their positive initiatives to promote equality of opportunity in the local community. We are working with yourtown to increase Indigenous participation on the Parklands Project, training programs and apprenticeships. Over the lifecycle of the Parklands Project, we will complete 292,000 training and upskilling hours.

  • Griffith University

    Image: Griffith students interning with Grocon at the Parklands Projects - Dean Barker, Brent Lauder, David McClelland, Caitlin Virtue and Kristian Santro.

    Griffith University is one of Asia-Pacific’s most innovative and influential universities, ranked with the top 5% of universities worldwide. Griffith University is focused on education, research and community engagement and produces students and graduates prepared to meet the needs of the real world.

    We chose Griffith University as a key partner because of their world-class reputation and the proximity of the Gold Coast Campus to the Parklands Project, forming part of the Gold Coast’s Health and Knowledge Precinct. Our partnership is providing work-integrated learning, graduate placement programs, professional development, and industry expertise. Our partnership connects Griffith University’s expertise, research capability, knowledge and innovations with our project to deliver cutting-edge, practical solutions consistent with our core values.

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