Groups wel­come boost from City

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

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.

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