Groups welcome boost from City
Community and sporting groups across the City of Karratha have been handed thousands of dollars worth of funding as part of the council’s Annual Community Grants Scheme.
A total of $213,000 in non-statutory donations has been distributed between 14 community groups for the 2016-2017 financial year. City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said community and sporting groups were vital for the growth and liveability of the City.
“We recognise the important role community and sporting groups play in the continued growth of our community,” he said.
“Our Annual Community Grants Scheme provides these organisations with an opportunity for further council support.”
Raiders Boxing Club received more than $5000.
Club president Shane McDonald said the funds were a “great help” and would go towards rental costs and free twice-weekly youth classes.
“We had free youth classes last year — we were getting 50 or 60 kids and it ended up costing too much,” he said.
“It’ll be good to get them up and running again.”
The Karratha Community House received more than $11,000 to assist with operational costs.
Karratha Community House chairwoman Helen Sullivan said the organisation was grateful to have been approved for the grant, without which it would be difficult to keep the facility running.
“Without the support (from the City) we wouldn’t be able to do half the stuff that we do for the community,” she said.
“We would like to thank the City of Karratha for all their help.”
The organisation will use the money to upgrade its gardens and hire more cleaners as well as for insurance and maintenance costs.