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