Western Australia

West Kimberley groups invited to apply for innovative grants scheme

Not-for-profit groups and schools with a great idea for a community project in the West Kimberley, are invited to apply for a grant of up to $10,000 from the WA Government.

Applications are now open for the West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme which empowers communities to identify solutions and opportunities at a grassroots level, and prioritises projects that benefit groups most in need of support.

Funds for the grants scheme are raised by the sale of Rhodes grass hay produced by the Water Corporation’s Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant, as an environmentally sustainable means of recycling wastewater.

Schools in the remote Aboriginal communities of Beagle Bay and One Arm Point were among the recipients to benefit from the last round of funding.

In early 2018, Beagle Bay Sacred Heart School completed a new fitness park to improve overall community health and wellbeing with the help of a grant from the scheme.

One Arm Point Remote Community School also built an aquaculture centre for students to learn about sustainable food production. Students can now experiment with breeding saltwater fish species and growing edible plants as part of the school curriculum.

In March 2018, the Water Corporation nearly doubled the size of its Rhodes grass crop by installing a second pivot irrigation system. The $4.7 million project also included a major wastewater pump station upgrade and a new wastewater main along Gubinge Road in Broome, and came in at $1.5 million under budget. Local workers were employed to complete the upgrades.

Source: WA Government