Coun­cil agrees to boost SAFE fund­ing

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha-based an­i­mal res­cue ser­vice SAFE has re­ceived a $21,000 fund­ing boost from the City of Kar­ratha to fur­ther its work in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

At a coun­cil meet­ing two weeks ago, coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously voted to in­crease its an­nual fund­ing for SAFE from $44,000 to $65,000 and ex­tend their mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing, due to ex­pire in De­cem­ber 2018, by an­other five years.

The vast ma­jor­ity of the ex­tra money will go to­wards em­ploy­ment of a new part-time staff mem­ber re­spon­si­ble for set­ting up a dig­i­tal data­base of an­i­mal records for the or­gan­i­sa­tion. SAFE founder Sue Hed­ley said the fund­ing boost would be a “huge” help to their staff and vol­un­teers.

“It is ac­knowl­edge­ment that the coun­cil­lors un­der­stand the mag­ni­tude of the ser­vices SAFE pro­vides for the com­mu­nity, both hu­man and an­i­mals alike,” she said.

“I’m grate­ful they were able to in­crease our fund­ing to help to­wards en­abling us to con­tinue pro­vid­ing the qual­ity of ser­vice that we do. It is re­ally vi­tal that we have enough staff so that all our an­i­mals’ de­tails can be recorded on data en­try soft­ware.”

Deputy mayor John Lally said more fund­ing was war­ranted by SAFE’s cru­cial work in the com­mu­nity, which in­cluded work­ing closely with their rangers to re­duce the num­ber of stray an­i­mals on the streets.

“This in­crease in fund­ing recog­nises the im­por­tant work that the vol­un­teers of SAFE per­form for our com­mu­nity,” he said.

Ms Hed­ley said SAFE’s work­load had in­creased in re­cent years as peo­ple who had lost their jobs were of­ten forced to give up their pets.

“Peo­ple’s whole fu­tures have be­come un­cer­tain with many se­ri­ous reper­cus­sions, of­ten be­ing made re­dun­dant and having to change ac­com­mo­da­tion or leave town … and they are un­able to take their an­i­mals with them,” she said.

Pic­ture: Court­ney Fowler

SAFE foster carer Ash­leigh Rowe and founder Sue Hed­ley.

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