Jon Ford

Jon Ford

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

    $2million funding boost for the Pilbara.

    22/11/2007 6:16 PM

    Pilbara Minister Jon Ford has announced that funding of $2million from the State Government’s Pilbara Fund has been approved.

    “The enthusiastic community response to the last round of the $20million Pilbara Fund is of great significance as it shows the determination of community groups and local governments to work together to support long term regional initiatives,” Mr Ford said.

    The Minister said that local councils, industry, community groups and State Government agencies developed 25 successful submissions for projects that will see more than $24million invested in the improvement of facilities and services across the Pilbara.

    “These projects address priorities that have been identified by Pilbara communities and will replace or improve community infrastructure, plan for growth, attract and retain skilled and professional workers and promote local economic and community development,” he said.

    More than 80 per cent has been allocated to local government and community organisations.

    “The Pilbara Fund is another way in which the Government works in partnership with the community to ensure that the Pilbara continues to provide opportunities and improved facilities to Pilbara residents,” Mr Ford said.

    Successful applicants include:

    Shire of Ashburton
    • $324,000 to the Shire of Ashburton for the construction of a facility that will house sporting opportunities, evacuation facilities, office facilities for visiting agencies and an upgraded daycare facility for the community of Onslow.
    • $63,636.36 to the St John Ambulance Onslow Sub Centre to provide garaging for two ambulances and storage facilities for equipment and supplies. This will allow the existing building to be converted into a training and administration facility.
    • $6,560 to the Canary Childcare to supply and install outdoor play equipment at the Canary Childcare Centre in Paraburdoo.
    • $204,516 to the Tom Price Youth Support Association Inc. to provide services to at risk youth. The services provided include counselling, reintegration, stewardship and the development of relationships.
    • $12,500 to the Wakuthuni Aboriginal Corporation to provide playground equipment at the community.

    Town of Port Hedland
    • $151,650 to WA Country Health Service for the purchase of a coaster bus with modifications for wheelchair access to transport patients from around the region to Port Hedland for specialist appointments.
    • $24,900 to the Cassia Primary School for the removal of a wooden playground equipment and erection of a purpose-built junior playground for both Cassia Primary School and Cassia Education Support Centre.
    • $7,500 to the Cooke Point Playgroup Inc. to build a freestanding, cyclone rated cubby house in an enclosed outdoor play area.
    • $45,454.55 to the Port Hedland Tourist Bureau Inc. to assist to construct a dedicated platform for viewing the Stairway to the Moon.
    • $132,000 to the Pilbara and Kimberley Care Inc. to assist in the development and furnishing of the respite centre at Yurlikuji Maya, South Hedland.

    Shire of East Pilbara
    • $10,200 to the WA Country Health Service for the painting of murals on the walls and corridors of the Newman Hospital Children’s Ward.
    • $81,818.19 to the Newman Motorcycle Club Inc. to supply and install underground power for lighting towers at the Newman Motorcycle Club.
    • $53,634.54 to the East Pilbara Independence Support Inc. to provide staff housing for the staff of East Pilbara Independence Support at Jigalong Aboriginal Community.
    • $36,800 to the RAWA Community School Aboriginal Corporation to assist in investigating the feasibility of an Accommodation Hostel for school children in the Western Desert region.
    • $100,000 to the Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation for the development of a Martu Audio-Visual Unit that will provide certified training in multimedia and film-making techniques to the Martu people. This unit will provide documentaries, short films, cultural awareness materials, the production of historical and contemporary Martu stories and the production of other various materials.

    Shire of Roebourne
    • $12,000 to the Hampton Harbour Boat and Sailing Club to provide ablution facilities, including wheelchair access, for community members and tourists utilising the charter boat operations within the HHBSC facilities.
    • $92,500 to the Charter Boat Owners and Operators Association Western Australia Inc. to provide a floating pontoon structure adjacent to the existing service wharf at Point Samson Boat Harbour.
    • $75,000 to the Walkington Theatre to assist in the upgrade of the equipment used at the Walkington Theatre.
    • $100,058 to the Karratha Youth Housing Project Inc. for a program which aims to prevent instances of Family Conflict, Youth Homelessness, Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Juvenile Crime.
    • $35,038 to the West Pilbara Volunteer Sea Search and Rescue Inc. to provide a multipurpose facility in which boat safety education for the community can be provided, as well as specialised marine and rescue training.
    • $84,875 to the Pilbara Division of General Practice Ltd. for a community-orientated fitness program delivered through primary schools in the West Pilbara Region.
    • $150,000 to Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation for sharing indigenous knowledge with the community via interactive CDs, print and video media.
    • $36,537 to Police Youth and Citizens Youth Club Inc. to purchase of a new coaster bus.
    • $100,000 to David Wirrpanda Foundation to renovate the Wickham Youth Centre to meet Government Safety Standards whilst also making it an attractive place for youth to utilise.

    • $64,929 to Lions Cancer Institute Inc. to provide a free skin cancer screening service throughout the Pilbara Region.
    Minister's office: 9213 7200