Clubs’ suc­cesses recog­nised

Pilbara News - - PILBARA OPINION - Peter Long Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor.

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.

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