Jon Ford

Jon Ford

Minister for Employment Protection; Regional Development; Fisheries; the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne

    Successful applicants announced for Pilbara Regional Development scheme

    23/05/2007 9:08 PM

    A total of thirteen projects aimed at delivering positive outcomes for Pilbara residents will receive grants of $58,488.30 through round two of the 2006-07 Pilbara Regional Development Scheme.

    Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne Minister Jon Ford today announced the approved applicants and said they would enhance community infrastructure, encourage development and promotion of the regions and expand art and culture activities.

    “The Carpenter Government is committed to promoting sustainable regional communities and, through the fund, we are able to provide support for a variety of projects that benefit entire communities,” Mr Ford said.

    “These include projects relating to schools and educational partnerships involving the environment and natural resource management and population retention.

    “I am very pleased with the diverse benefits that will flow to the community from these projects.”

    Central Kimberley-Pilbara MLA Tom Stephens said the grants were of particular benefit to the region’s youth and indigenous groups.

    “I am pleased with these grant allocations,” Mr Stephens said.

    “This round of the regional development scheme is providing benefits not usually affordable to local sporting and community groups and schools in our region.

    “I would encourage local groups who have not previously considered applying to this scheme to lodge an application now for the next round.”

    Projects to be funded are:
    • Hedland Junior Football Association - $5,000 to assist the association in sending 14 junior football players with five adults as supervisors to Perth to play a little league game - $5,000;
    • The Salvation Army Property Trust - $5,000 to assist with the costs associated with providing fencing and a safe play area at the Onslow Safe House;
    • Port Hedland Primary School - $5,000 to provide specialist training to staff from all schools in Port and South Hedland;
    • North Tom Price Primary School P & C - $5,000 to erect a permanent shade structure above the playground at the school;
    • Hedland Water Polo Association - $5,000 to assist with replacing equipment;
    • Shire of Ashburton - $5,000 towards developing stage one of the Onslow Primary School Community Garden;
    • Shire of Ashburton - $5,000 to support of the Onslow Youth Outreach Program;
    • Town of Port Hedland - $3,000 to support for a Community Bank project officer;
    • Hedland Toy Library Inc - $488.30 towards purchasing ‘Dramatic Play’ toys -;
    • RAWA Community School Aboriginal Corporation - $5,000 to assist with the provision of certified training courses at Punmu;
    • Warngaba Pty Ltd - $5,000 for office equipment at Mt Welcome Pastoral station;
    • RAWA Community School Aboriginal Corporation - $5,000 for the RAWA Community School/Kunawarritji community enrichment project; and
    • Newcrest Mining Limited and Western Desert Puntukurnuparna Aboriginal Corporation - $5,000 for the Niminjarra Highway survey trip.
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