Community and not-for-profit organisations are being encouraged to take advantage of funding available through the Pilbara Development Commission’s Community Chest Fund and Regional Grants Scheme, with applications set to close on October 3.
Twelve young professionals will take the stage at two events in the Pilbara next month as the University of Western Australia Debating Union (UWADU) visits the region. The initiative of the Pilbara Development Commission (Commission) aims to provide professional development opportunities for young emerging leaders in the region, and encourage them to actively think about the future.
HEAVY HAULAGE TRAINING INSTITUTE
A new training institute in Karratha that will improve career pathways for newly licensed truck drivers.
|Project Cost:||$1.34 million|
|Pilbara Cities Investment:||$290,310|
Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls has established a national heavy vehicle driver institute in Karratha that will cater for both male and female drivers.
Funding through the Pilbara Cities initiative has enabled the fit-out and operation of a training centre in Karratha. Making use of the skills and equipment in the mining-dominated region, the Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls Training Institute will attract students from around the country while also providing more jobs for locals.
With funding announced in June 2016, the Institute aims to bridge the gap between drivers obtaining a heavy vehicle license and gaining the experience needed to secure employment.
EAST PILBARA INNOVATION CENTRE
Located in Port Hedland's West End precinct, this new co-working space and innovation centre will support small business development.
|Project Cost:||$4.33 million|
|Pilbara Cities Investment:||$2 million|
The East Pilbara Innovation Centre will deliver a vibrant, co-working space designed to support small business development in the East Pilbara. With the site located in Port Hedland’s West End precinct, the innovation centre will be the first of its kind in the Pilbara.
Led by the Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the project aims to break down barriers to small business growth by providing a more affordable solution to commercial business space and access to professional development services.
Funding for the project was secured through the Pilbara Cities initiative in May 2016, with construction scheduled to commence in early-2017.
PARABURDOO CHILDCARE CENTRE
On track for completion in October 2016, the new Paraburdoo Childcare Centre will meet the growing needs of the local community.
|Project Cost:||$4.66 million|
|Pilbara Cities Investment:||$1.50 million|
|Official opening:||October 2016|
Local residents in Paraburdoo will soon have access to a modern, purpose-built childcare centre with construction of the new facility nearing completion.
The Paraburdoo Childcare Centre will cater for up to 73 children, providing long-term and after-school care, meeting the growing needs of the local community.
It will offer children and families with a modern and safe facility, including landscaped playground and shaded areas. When complete, it is hoped the childcare centre will improve accessibility to childcare and out of school care services, attract and retain families in Paraburdoo, and assist parents to enter or re-enter the workforce.