Grants help groups thrive

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Com­mu­nity groups in the Pil­bara re­gion have re­ceived more than $10,500 through the lat­est round of com­mu­nity grants from Eastern­well, a sub­sidiary of Broad­spec­trum.

Ji­ga­long Re­mote Com­mu­nity School, ABC Foun­da­tion, The Sal­va­tion Army, Hed­land Women’s Refuge and From Dust Cre­ative Arts are among those to ben­e­fit.

Ji­ga­long Re­mote Com­mu­nity School Prin­ci­pal Shane Wil­son said the grant helped pur­chase re­sources for the school li­brary.

“We have been able to pur­chase ta­bles and chairs as well as a range of books and ed­u­ca­tional re­sources for our li­brary to pro­vide mean­ing­ful learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences for our stu­dents,” he said.

ABC Foun­da­tion spokes­woman Ali­son Sen­tance said the funds would be used to pur­chase a video cam­era and other equip­ment.

“We work with lo­cal in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties in the Pil­bara to de­liver on-coun­try ac­tiv­i­ties in Abo­rig­i­nal en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion,” she said.

“In con­junc­tion with lo­cal schools, kids on coun­try ex­cur­sions bring to­gether chil­dren from the Wakuthuni com­mu­nity and lo­cal el­ders to learn about language, bush medicine, flora and fauna.

“Record­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences and pre­serv­ing their sto­ries will en­sure they are avail­able for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.” Eastern­well ex­ec­u­tive gen­eral man­ager Tim Phe­lan said the grants cre­ated last­ing ben­e­fits to the com­mu­nity.

“There are count­less com­mu­nity groups, clubs and as­so­ci­a­tions in our op­er­at­ing ar­eas who pro­vide im­por­tant ser­vices to their com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

The next round of Eastern­well Com­mu­nity Grants opens June 2017.

Pic­ture: Eastern­well

Ji­ga­long re­mote com­mu­nity school.

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