Pil­bara groups grab ac­co­lades

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Two Pil­bara or­gan­i­sa­tions have won WA Re­gional Com­mu­nity Achieve­ment Awards.

The Ear­bus Foun­da­tion of WA was given the nod for com­mu­nity group of the year at last month’s gala din­ner in Perth.

Foun­da­tion work­ers fly 40,000km and drives 26,000km each year to treat 1200 chil­dren at 22 lo­ca­tions in the Pil­bara and Gold­fields re­gions.

The devel­op­ment of north­ern re­gional WA award went to the Onslow Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try.

OCCI pres­i­dent Ge­off Her­bert said the award was a tes­ta­ment to the work put into grow­ing the cham­ber over the past four years.

“We were stoked just to make the fi­nals, so then to get that recog­ni­tion for the cham­ber is fan­tas­tic,” he said.

“We have 128 mem­bers now, we have brand new of­fice space in the cen­tre of town, a full-time CEO run­ning it, and next year are look­ing to kick off a busi­ness sup­port pro­gram.”

It has been a big year for Onslow, with busi­nesses from the town mak­ing the fi­nals of many awards cer­e­monies.

Mr Her­bert said it showed how far lo­cal busi­ness had come.

“Onslow busi­nesses have worked ex­tremely hard in the re­cent past to get them­selves to a stage where many now are win­ning con­tracts with Chevron, Bech­tel and State Govern­ment pro­grams,” he said.

Re­gional Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man said the event recog­nised the work be­ing done in a va­ri­ety of fields across WA.

“The awards recog­nise lo­cally driven pro­jects and ac­tiv­i­ties that help en­sure re­gional com­mu­ni­ties con­tinue to thrive and de­velop,” he said.

Pic­ture: OCCI

The Onslow Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try won the de­vel­op­ing north­ern Aus­tralia award.

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