West Kimberley communities to benefit from $50,000 in grants [Minister]

22/06/2017
  • $50,226 in funding provided to projects across the West Kimberley

  • Communities in One Arm Point, Beagle Bay, Fitzroy Crossing and Broome to benefit

Projects to improve Aboriginal employment, health and wellbeing, and protect wildlife have all received funding through the Water Corporation's West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme.

 

A total of $50,226 in grants has been given to nine not-for-profit groups and schools across the West Kimberley.

 

Funds are raised through the sale of Rhodes grass hay produced by the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant as an environmentally sustainable means of recycling wastewater.

 

The community grants scheme aims to empower communities to identify solutions to issues at a grassroots level.  This is the second round of the grants scheme.  Last year, community projects received $30,895 in funding.

 

For more information, visit http://www.watercorporation.com.au

 

Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:

 

"This grants scheme is a win-win situation for both the environment and the community.

 

"The environment benefits from the re-use of recycled wastewater to irrigate the Rhodes grass hay, which is then sold to provide funds for the grants scheme.

 

"This year, the community will benefit by receiving $50,226 in funds for projects to improve Aboriginal employment, health and wellbeing, education and culture.  Funds will also help local wildlife programs that care for sick and injured animals."

 

Projects supported by round 2 of the West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme:

 

Group and location

Grant

Initiative

ClusterAboriginalEducationNetwork

(Broome)

$10,000

Towards a program to promote the use and awareness of Aboriginal language in Broome's schools.

Nyamba Buru Yawuru

(Broome)

$6,481

Towards a program to help young Aboriginal adults overcome barriers in the transition to tertiary education and employment.

Sacred Heart School

(Beagle Bay)

$6,745

Towards fitness equipment to facilitate an overall program to improve community health and wellbeing.

One Arm Point Remote Community School

(One Arm Point)

$6,000

For an aquaculture learning centre to provide students with the opportunity for practical experience and education in an important industry for the area.

The Society for Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals

(Broome)

$5,000

To showcase the diverse range of bush foods and native plants endemic to the area at an educational community event in Broome.

Native Animal Rescue Broome

(Broome, Derby)

$5,000

For a new rescue vehicle to allow them to more efficiently respond to community requests and provide care for sick and injured wildlife.

Madjulla Association

(Fitzroy Crossing)

$5,000

To carry out sessions to celebrate and preserve the culture and knowledge of Mardoowarra (Fitzroy River) women, and support their continued leadership and contribution to the management of the Fitzroy River.

Chelonia Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release

(Broome)

$4,000

Towards a turtle rehabilitation centre to allow them to continue to carry out the rescue and care of injured turtles.

Marnja Jarndu Women's Refuge

(Broome)

$2,000

For equipment to facilitate yoga and other wellness activities for their clients and employees.



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