State Government provides $180,000 to Kimberley community projects

  • Water Corporation awards more than $80,000 to 12 community projects in the Kimberley
  • A further $100,000 awarded to 22 not-for-profits impacted by COVID-19
  • Projects supporting children with special needs, caring for local wildlife and promoting cultural learning are among those to receive funding through the latest round of the Water Corporation’s Kimberley Community Grants Scheme.

    Community grant recipients were announced at a special presentation evening in Broome last night. Round 5 will see 12 recipients share in more than $80,000 for important social and community projects across the region.

    Grants will help groups such as Native Animal Rescue Broome construct a marine life rehabilitation facility, fund repairs to the iconic Sailmaker’s Shed and see the installation of therapeutic play equipment at Yiyili Aboriginal Community School.

    A further $100,000 was awarded to 22 local not-for-profit groups impacted by COVID-19 as part of the Water Corporation’s Kimberley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund (Round 6).

    Among those to receive support were Kangaroo Haven Incorporation Kununurra, Wyndham Historical Society, Broome Aboriginal Media Association and Derby Sportsmen’s Club.

    The unique scheme is delivered by Water Corporation in partnership with the Lions Club of Broome. It is funded through the sale of Rhodes grass hay produced at the Water Corporation’s Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant.  

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    As stated by Water Minister Dave Kelly:

    “Congratulations to each worthy recipient in the Water Corporation’s Kimberley Community Grants Scheme, which since 2016 has directed over $365,000 into important grassroots projects across the region.

    “Round 5 attracted a record number of applicants and saw the highest monetary contribution in the scheme’s four-year history.

    “It was particularly heartening to see such a significant contribution to local not-for-profit groups impacted by COVID-19.

    “Through this contribution, the Water Corporation and the WA Government are supporting local organisations so that they may continue making a positive difference to communities across the Kimberley.”

    As stated by Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer:

    “Through initiatives like the Kimberley Community Grants Scheme, not-for-profit groups are able to undertake projects that contribute greatly to the fabric of life in regional communities. 

    “There are some incredibly worthy recipients in the latest rounds of funding, and I look forward to seeing each project take shape in the near future.”

    Projects supported by Round 5 of the Kimberley Community Grants Scheme:

    Group and location Grant Initiative 
    Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation$10,000Convert a sea container to unisex ablution facilities for use in the Aboriginal trainee program.
    Waringarri Aboriginal Arts$4,500Create a cultural garden inspired by native plant knowledge to support cultural learning and develop creative expression.
    Broome Bird Observatory$2,150Establish a waterwise garden at the Discovery Centre to attract native birds and wildlife and provide a shaded area for visitors.
    Broome Horse Riders Club Inc$10,000Upgrade ageing water infrastructure at Broome Rodeo Grounds to encourage better waterwise practices.
    Kununurra Community Garden$8,000Upcycle grow beds and educate Kununurra families in gardening activities to build community resilience and create local food security.
    Native Animal Rescue Broome$10,000Fund a purpose-built facility to enable veterinarians and volunteers to rehabilitate vulnerable marine turtles and other marine animals.
    Incredible Edible Broome$5,000Publish ‘The Guide to Gardening Broome’, a comprehensive guide to gardening in the Broome climate.
    Broome Historical Society$4,250Fund repairs to Broome’s iconic Sailmaker’s Shed.
    Yiyili Aboriginal Community School$10,000Install a playground with therapeutic play equipment to benefit children with special needs.  
    Cable Beach Primary School$9.500Transform a vast, underutilised section of playground into an inviting nature play space for children.
    St Mary’s College Broome$1,500Fund an artistic program to design and highlight bins across the school to minimise littering.
    Kununurra Historical Society$6,000Develop a video series sharing local Kununurra history.

    Organisations to receive funding through the Kimberley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund (Round 6):

    Group and location Grant Initiative
    Broome Lotteries House$7,500Provide support for insurance costs.
    Kununurra Campdraft and Rodeo Association$2,500Provide support for operational costs.
    Ord Valley Events Incorporated Kununurra $2,500Provide support for operational costs.
    Kangaroo Haven Incorporation $5,000Provide support for operational costs.
    Broome Motocross$5,000Provide support for operational costs.
    Broome Aboriginal Media Association $7,210To fund live music “Gimme Sessions” to support the local Broome arts sector.
    Broome Community Resource Centre$10,000Provide support for operational costs.
    Broome Bird Observatory$2,500Provide support for operational costs.
    Lioness Club of Broome$2,712Provide rental support and community donations.
    Wyndham Historical Society$1,149Provide support for insurance costs.
    Broome Men’s Shed$5,000Provide support for insurance and equipment.
    SAFE Broome$5,473.22Provide support for operational costs.
    Broome Historical Society$8,000Provide support for insurance costs.
    Lions Club of Broome$3,585To fund a replacement trailer for fundraising purposes.
    Incredible Edible Broome$4,955Provide support for insurance costs and to fund trailer registration and maintenance.
    Kununurra Community Garden$2,045.78Provide support for insurance and operational costs.
    Derby Animal Welfare$4,300Provide support for operational costs.
    KANE Inc $5,000Provide support for operational costs.
    Crazy Crocs Playgroup Kununurra $2,000Provide activity packs for community.
    Derby Sportsman’s Club$10,000Provide support for operational costs.
    Dinosaur Coast$1,200Provide support for insurance costs.
    Kununurra Toy and Puzzle Library$2,370Provide support for operational costs.

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