This is a transcript of our Kimberley Community Grants video.
[Voice over] My name is Caroline Vigar and I'm the
Team Leader for the Change'Em Ways and the Change'Em Ways is an indigenous
men's behaviour change program which has been developed to address the family
violence issues that we have up here in the Kimberley.
When we realised just how
critical it was to have a women's program,
we also realised that we didn't
have the funding to be able to resource
it the way it needed to be resourced.
My name's Paul Beard. I'm the Operations
Manager here at Water Corporation in Broome
we cover the West Kimberley up to Derby
and Fitzroy Crossing and Camballin.
I'm here today to talk about the Kimberley Community
Grants Scheme which receives funds from
our operation out of Broome North
Wastewater Treatment Plant.
We came up with the idea of partnership with the
local Lions Club and creating a Community Grants Scheme.
Part of the process out there is to treat the
wastewater and then dispose of it
and it's disposed of on some irrigation pivots.
So we grow Rhodes grass as a crop. That's a grass that's great for cattle fodder.
So we irrigate the crops with the treated wastewater,
turn it into hay,
sell it to local farmers and the funds that we get
from that we give back to the community.
One of the groups that received funding
through the Grant Scheme was a wildlife
rehabilitation group called Native
Animal Rescue Broome and we received some
money to buy some equipment which lifted
our profile out in the community.
So we not only do wildlife rescue and
rehabilitation but we undertake
educational displays. So we do a lot of
displays at schools, community groups.
Just having that extra equipment and lifting that
professionalism up was a great advantage to us.
So far we've given about a $110,000 away to 20
different organizations across the West Kimberley.
This year is the fourth round of
funding and we're opening up to the
wider Kimberley which means that we'll
be able to help even more organizations
and schools in the area execute projects
that mean something to them.
So we're really excited about providing even more
funding to successful applicants in the
Kimberley and broadening the communities
that we can help through this Grants Program.
The funding that we got from the
Water Corporation was used to support
cultural activities for the woman's program that we run.
We were able to engage an Aboriginal elder,
a woman who's incredibly well-known and respected
in the community and we were able to engage her
to come out on country with us
with the women for the day. Then what we would do
is we would bring the women back to here,
to talk about their cultural history; to talk about
their connections, not just with the land,
but also with each other. So that they can
then go into that other space where they
start to talk about that really hard
conversation about what family violence is.
We're out there trying to educate people
saying, "Look, live with wildlife. Enjoy it
but don't hurt it." And that's a great
achievement when we can get that message
through especially the kids at the
primary schools love it.
They're the ones you can work on and, you know,
tomorrow's generation is the ones that will
actually make things happen.
This Scheme's really important for the Water Corporation because
it allows us to
engage with our communities on a deeper
level and we can actually give back to
the community groups themselves because I
think that it empowers them. It gets
their ideas from a grassroots level and
we give them the funds to execute it so
we're allowing the community to identify
their issue or their needs
and we help make that possible.
I'm really proud of what we've achieved as a team.
We've given over $110,000 back into our community that we live in.
It's a great Grant Scheme. It's a first for the Water Corporation.
We're really proud to be part of it
here in Broome.