Projects get funding boost
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