Jon Ford

Jon Ford

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

    A big slice of Pilbara Fund money for Hedland projects

    27/10/2005 12:00 AM

    Pilbara Minister Jon Ford has approved round two Pilbara Fund grants of more than $2million for projects in Port and South Hedland.

    The Minister said $1million had been awarded to Port Hedland’s underground power project, which has a total budget of nearly $12million.

    “For a town in the State’s cyclone zone, underground cables will mean a more reliable power supply,” Mr Ford said.

    Mining and Pastoral MLC Shelley Archer announced more details of the grants on a tour of the Pilbara.

    Ms Archer said local schools, community groups and sporting clubs had been awarded significant grants.

    The successful applicants in Port and South Hedland are:
    • $1million to the Town of Port Hedland to help provide underground power;
    • $325,000 to the Town of Port Hedland to update the waste-water recycling scheme at Port and South Hedland;
    • $106,370 to the Town of Port Hedland to upgrade the Port Hedland Cemetery;
    • $50,000 to the Town of Port Hedland for a dual use pathway on sections of Kennedy Street, South Hedland;
    • $28,870 to Cassia Primary School to improve facilities at the school;
    • $33,604 to WA Country Health Service to help buy a bus for use by the Yalanya Residential Care Service;
    • $300,000 to Wirraka Maya Health Service to help build a house to attract and retain doctors;
    • $95,000 to the Community Development Foundation to assist with the construction of a special purpose building at South Hedland Primary School;
    • $100,000 to the Port Hedland Yacht Club to help redevelop its facilities;
    • $10,000 to the Port Hedland Historical Society to develop interpretive boards at the Dalgety House Museum; and
    • $36,000 to the Pilbara Indigenous Women’s Aboriginal Corporation to buy a bus to transport people from outlying indigenous communities to Port Hedland.
    Round two of the Pilbara Fund is worth about $6.2million in total, which has been allocated to 43 projects.

    Mr Ford said the Gallop Government was ensuring the Pilbara received its fair share.

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