Pro­jects get fund­ing boost

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Re­gional events, com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and busi­ness work­shops have all re­ceived a fund­ing boost in round one of the Pil­bara Com­mu­nity Chest Fund an­nounced by Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man.

Among the 10 re­cip­i­ents were the Tom Price Drive In, Ngar­luma Yind­jibarndi Foun­da­tion’s botan­i­cal gar­den project, Port Wal­cott Surf Life­sav­ing Club and the Cheed­itha Group Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion.

Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill said the com­mis­sion had re­ceived a large num­ber of high-cal­i­bre ap­pli­ca­tions from lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“It’s great to see such a wide range of lo­cal ini­tia­tives be­ing driven by the com­mu­nity to im­prove the qual­ity of life of those liv­ing and work­ing in the re­gion,” he said.

“I en­cour­age those who weren’t suc­cess­ful to seek feed­back and con­sider reap­ply­ing in round two.”

North West Cen­tral MLA Vince Cata­nia said the fund­ing al­lo­cated to the Tom Price Drive In would pre­serve a valu­able com­mu­nity as­set.

“The sound up­grade project will al­low the up­grade of the au­dio sys­tem at the drive-in, im­prov­ing the qual­ity of sound and mak­ing it com­pat­i­ble with the new pro­jec­tor equip­ment,” he said.

“The new sys­tem is ex­pected to be pur­chased and in­stalled by Novem­ber, 2016.”

Mr Red­man said the Com­mu­nity Chest Fund helped im­prove and de­velop in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices in the re­gion.

“This fund­ing boost will build ca­pac­ity in the re­gion by al­low­ing com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to pri­ori­tise and lead pro­jects in their own back­yard,” he said.

Round two of the Pil­bara Com­mu­nity Chest Fund opens on Au­gust 1.

Re­gional events, com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and busi­ness work­shops ben­e­fit from the fund boost. Pic­tured is Mitch Wil­son at an un­der-9 race. Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

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