Danny Mattsson was a long-serving HBNC Management Committee member, treasurer and volunteer for more than 15 years across a range of programs. It’s no exaggeration to say HBNC would not be the organisation it is today without Danny’s commitment and innovative ideas.

He was one of the first to see the potential for the community space that would eventually become the stunning Hervey Bay Community Centre we know and love today. As the Fundraising Chairman for the new Hervey Bay Community Centre project more than 10 years ago, Danny was a force for change and helped bring this vital asset to our town.

He also came up with the idea for Tour De Bay, a long-standing fundraising initiative for the Youth Mentoring Program, which Danny has actively volunteered within for the past eight years.

Tour De Bay grew into a highlight of the Hervey Bay sporting calendar and ran for 10 years, raising more than $11,000 in its final year, before transitioning into a new partnership with the Hervey Bay Tri Club through the Col Pearce Corporate Triathlon.

As a youth mentor, Danny has logged over 116 volunteered hours, impacting the lives of 15 students through 107 sessions from 2017 to 2023.

Having played a role in spearheading the development of the new Hervey Bay Community Centre, it was fitting that Danny played a key role in the renovation and expansion of the Urangan Community Centre.

Joining the working group that helped develop plans for the all new Tree House: Urangan Community Wellness Centre, Danny once again proved his unending dedication to making our community a stronger and more connected one.

Danny’s service to the community is not confined to HBNC.

His commitment extends to The Rotary Club of Hervey Bay Sunrise, where he is a charter member and, as of this year, the Assistant Governor.

His nearly 30 years of service in various roles within the club and the larger district highlight his unwavering dedication to Rotary’s values.

From Club Secretary to Club President, and now as the Assistant Governor, Danny’s impact on Rotary has been profound.

His focus on engaging young people demonstrates a forward-thinking approach to ensuring the organisation’s sustainability for generations to come.