Water Corporation and the Lions Club Broome want to hear from not-for-profit groups in the West Kimberley who have a great idea for a project that will benefit their local community.

The first round of applications for the West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme has been extended by two weeks and will now close at 5pm Friday, 12 August.

Water Corporation Regional Manager North West, Rino Trolio said he looked forward to helping community groups turn their ideas into reality.

“The West Kimberley is home to many passionate local community groups with great ideas for projects and initiatives,” Mr Trolio said.

“Water Corporation produces Rhodes grass as an environmentally friendly means of disposing of Broome’s recycled water, and now we are donating money raised by its sale to benefit the community.

“The total value of each round of funding will depend on the amount of hay Water Corporation produce at each harvest.”

Mr Trolio said groups can apply for grants of between $1,000 and $10,000.

Lions Club Broome President, Reg Ripp, said the grants scheme was aimed at supporting local grassroots projects.

“The West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme will support applications from not-for-profit constituted bodies, schools or education institutions in the West Kimberely.”

Applications can be lodged via the Water Corporation’s website: www.watercorporation.com.au/wkcgrants

 

FACT FILE:

  • Water Corporation uses recycled water from the Broome North wastewater treatment plant to irrigate Rhodes grass, which is harvested for stock feed and sold to local farmers.

     

  • Irrigation of the Rhodes grass is an environmentally friendly way to dispose of recycled water and is the preferred crop recommended by environmental experts due to its high nutrient uptake.

     

  • Water Corporation also recently partnered with Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation on an innovative trial to use recycled water from the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant to irrigate native trees.

     


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