Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Minister for Water; Forestry; Youth

    Funding now available to kickstart community projects in the Kimberley

    28/03/2022 12:00 PM
     
    • Applications open for Water Corporation's Kimberley Community Grants Scheme
    • Grants of up to $10,000 for Kimberley schools and not-for-profit groups
    • $445,000 awarded since 2016 from sale of hay produced at Broome North Water Resource Recovery Facility

    Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced the opening of Water Corporation's Kimberley Community Grants Scheme that offers individual grants of up to $10,000 to Kimberley schools and not-for-profit groups.

     

    Delivered in partnership with the Lions Club of Broome, the scheme has provided $445,000 in funding since 2016 to 80 local organisations for projects that build an appreciation of nature, foster community wellbeing and make a positive difference to the lives of Kimberley residents.

     

    Among last year's recipients was the Jarlmadangah Burru Aboriginal Corporation, which received funding to collaborate with renowned artist Mel McVee on a stunning welcome mural depicting local Indigenous Nyikina seasons.

     

    East Kimberley Volunteer Sea Rescue Group used its grant to develop a free, user-friendly app that promotes boat safety and assists emergency services during critical sea rescue operations.

     

    The Kimberley Community Grants Scheme is funded through the sale of Rhodes grass hay produced at Water Corporation's Broome North Water Resource Recovery Facility as an innovative, sustainable way to recycle the town's used water.

     

    For more information about the Kimberley Community Grants Scheme, visit www.watercorporation.com.au/kcgrants. Applications open on March 28 and close at 4pm on May 20, 2022.

     

    Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:

     

    "Water Corporation's Kimberley Community Grants Scheme is a great initiative that has provided $445,000 over the past six years to projects contributing to the fabric of everyday life in Kimberley communities.

     

    "The funding comes from the production of hay, irrigated by the town's treated used water, which is sold as cattle feed. 

     

    "With the impacts of climate change felt widely across Western Australia, it is now more important than ever to continue pursuing innovative water recycling practices that help prolong the life cycle of water.

     

    "I commend Water Corporation for giving back to those who help create a more inclusive and supportive community, all while making the most of our precious water resources."

     

    Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna:

     

    "Grants of up to $10,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations and schools for projects that support and empower local communities in the Kimberley.

     

    "I would really encourage community groups to apply for this latest round of funding because we know there are so many worthy projects that just need a helping hand to get off the ground.

     

    "Such projects really enrich the Kimberley communities, and I thank Water Corporation for its ongoing support."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6100