Hon Mia Davies MLA

Hon Mia Davies MLA

Former Minister for Water; Sport and Recreation; Forestry

    Rhodes grass sales drive community projects

    30/09/2016 10:30 AM
    • Five community projects receive a combined total of $30,895 through the Liberal National Government's West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme
    • Minister meets with recipients in Broome 

    Water Minister Mia Davies today announced the successful recipients of the inaugural Liberal National Government's West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme near the Water Corporation's Rhodes grass pasture.


    The Water Corporation has partnered with the Lions Club of Broome to distribute $30,895 to five community projects that support education, culture, the environment, health and tackling drug and alcohol abuse.


    Among the recipients are Broome Senior High School, which received $7,500 for an interschool science, technology, engineering and mathematics event; and Centacare Kimberley, which received $7,700 for 'Cooking up Good Tucker', a project aimed at teaching traditional Aboriginal food preparation.


    Ms Davies was in Broome today to meet representatives of recipient organisations and said the grants would deliver benefits across the West Kimberley.


    "The funds were raised through the sale of Rhodes grass, which is grown with the help of recycled water from the Water Corporation's Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant, and sold to farmers as cattle fodder," she said.


    "I am pleased the State Government is able to help hardworking not-for-profit organisations and schools deliver projects and I look forward to seeing positive outcomes for the West Kimberley."


    The total value of each round of funding under the new scheme will depend on the amount of hay sold at each harvest, which is conducted about every six to eight weeks.


    The Minister said the next round of the West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme would be opened in early 2017, with applications opening twice a year.


    Fact File

    • The West Kimberley Community Grants scheme is delivered by the Water Corporation in partnership with the Lions Club of Broome
    • The corporation produces Rhodes grass at its Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant as an environmentally friendly means of disposing of recycled water
    • About 306 million litres of recycled water is used to irrigate Rhodes grass each year, which is then processed into hay and sold for stock feed to local cattle stations 

    Minister's office - 6552 5500


    West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme - Round One Recipients

    • Dampier Local Drug Action Group received $5,188 for a community empowerment project to tackle drug and alcohol abuse in the remote Aboriginal community of Beagle Bay
    • Broome Senior High School received $7,500 for an interschool Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education event to encourage Year 9 and 10 students to study science and maths, particularly girls
    • Centacare Kimberley received $7,700 for 'Cooking up Good Tucker', a project aimed at encouraging healthier lifestyle choices by teaching traditional Aboriginal food preparation
    • Broome Historical Society received $8,107 for an upgrade to the iconic Broome Museum to house the Indonesian fishing boat display
    • Native Animal Rescue Broome received $2,400 for a new portable structure to help the group spread their message through community education.

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