Clubs’ successes recognised
Our Annual Community Association Development Scheme was established by the council in 2010, with the intent to provide an element of autonomy and self-determination to our various individual communities.
Each of our towns is unique and ACADS empowers local people to make decisions about their own community.
Many will be familiar with the events the community associations put on.
These include the Dampier Markets, the Point Samson Chilli Cook-off and Homebrew Challenge, the Wickham Family Day and the Dampier Art Awards.
You may not be as familiar with the infrastructure the associations have built, such as the Dampier Lions Park, Windy Ridge and Palms playgrounds, the Roebourne War Memorial and the community kitchen. Apart from City funding, these projects depend almost entirely on volunteers, and our communities are fortunate that so many put up their hands to keep the clubs going and the events happening.
The associations have succeeded in delivering many strategic, high-quality community projects over the past six years and council has recognised this.
As a result, and in spite of tightening economic circumstances, at the July ordinary council meeting, the maximum total annual grants that an association can receive were not reduced this year.
To ensure efficiency of expenditure however, the council directed officers to review policies and ensure addition of unused funds to the Annual and Quarterly Grant Schemes.