Coun­cil backs play­ers’ Kimberley ex­pe­ri­ence

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

MOS­MAN Park Ju­nior Foot­ball Club has a $2000 grant from the Town of Mos­man Park for 27 play­ers aged 12 and 13 to go to a re­mote Kimberley Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity.

They will play bare­foot games at the com­mu­nity af­ter coun­cil­lors dou­bled the con­tri­bu­tion last week.

“Re­ac­tions from those play­ers who have gone (to the com­mu­nity) be­fore have in­cluded ‘ life- chang­ing’, ‘ eye- open­ing’ and ‘makes you re­alise how lucky you are,” club rep­re­sen­ta­tive Diana Richard­son said.

Ms Richard­son said the club had raised about 90 per cent of the $37,000 cost of the trip, which had al­ready taken about 50 other play­ers in pre­vi­ous years.

How­ever, Cr Zenda John­son op­posed the con­tri­bu­tion, and said while all re­quests from com­mu­nity groups were “worth­while”, a staff rec­om­men­da­tion $500 be given to the club had al­ready been dou­bled at a com­mit­tee, and a large amount of money had al­ready been al­lo­cated in four pre­vi­ous rounds of com­mu­nity fund­ing this year. Mayor Ron Nor­ris said the trip was of great cul­tural ben­e­fit to the play­ers, while Cr Brett Pol­lock said the money was an in­vest­ment back into the com­mu­nity.

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