Five Ex­mouth projects gain fund­ing

Pilbara News - - PILBARA NEWS - Tom Zaun­mayr

Four Ex­mouth or­gan­i­sa­tions, plus the Shire of Ex­mouth, have been suc­cess­ful in gain­ing State Gov­ern­ment grants to im­prove and de­velop in­fra­struc­ture.

The Gas­coyne Re­gion Com­mu­nity Chest Fund pro­vides vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions with grants of up to $50,000 to sup­port local projects.

North West Cen­tral MLA Vince Cata­nia said there was a fan­tas­tic di­ver­sity of projects sup­ported in the lat­est round.

Among the 23 projects funded across the Gas­coyne was the es­tab­lish­ment of a com­mu­nity gar­den in Ex­mouth, an of­fice and stor­age room for the golf club and im­prove­ments for the PCYC and men’s shed.

“This fund­ing will sup­port our ded­i­cated com­mu­nity groups in mak­ing re­gional West­ern Aus­tralia a bet­ter place to live and will con­trib­ute to­wards the longterm sus­tain­abil­ity and vi­brancy of the re­gion,” he said.

Ex­mouth Men’s Shed pres­i­dent Dar­rel Spicer said the $25,000 they re­ceived would help build a fence, en­close part of the shed and build a pa­tio.

“We have had good sup­port from the Gas­coyne De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion and Shire of Ex­mouth so far and just can’t wait to get it go­ing,” he said.

“Heaps of tools and equip­ment have al­ready been pro­vided by Woodside and other peo­ple, which is amazing be­cause haven’t even asked yet.

“The fact the shed be­longs to the Shire, it means the money won’t be wasted be­cause if it doesn’t work out, at least the Shire has an im­proved build­ing to use.”

Mr Spicer said the shed was also look­ing at run­ning a pro­gram for at-risk youth when it started.

The Shire of Ex­mouth was suc­cess­ful in gain­ing fund­ing for vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion and wel­come signs.

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man said the projects would help to at­tract in­vest­ment, in­crease job op­por­tu­ni­ties and im­prove the qual­ity of life for com­mu­ni­ties in the Gas­coyne re­gion. I

Pic­ture: Bran­wen Smith

Bob Turner, Dar­rel Spicer, Barry Cullen, Bob Todd and Shawn O’Toole at the Ex­mouth Men’s Shed.

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