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Jan 31, 2017

Eight community projects have received a major funding boost through the Pilbara Regional Grants Scheme, delivered by the Pilbara Development Commission.

Announced by the Minister for Regional Development today, the successful projects have been awarded up to $300,000 to improve infrastructure, community services and the overall wellbeing of residents living and working in the Pilbara.

Successful applicants include the Onslow Chamber of Commerce for a business support program, Kalyuku Ninti – Puntuku Ngurra to deliver a leadership program for Martu people, and the City of Karratha for the expansion of Nickol West Park.

Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill said the successful projects demonstrated a strong alignment to the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint.

“By 2050, we aim to have 200,000 people living in modern, vibrant and inclusive communities; these projects will play a key role in making this vision a reality,” Mr Hill said.

“By improving quality of life, creating employment opportunities and expanding access to community services and infrastructure we will continue to make the Pilbara a place people choose to call home.”

A total of 21 Pilbara projects have shared in more than $4.39 million in funding since 2015 through the Pilbara Regional Grants Scheme.

“Projects such as the Onslow Basketball Complex, and the St Vincent de Paul South Hedland Welfare Centre, are just some of the 21 projects supported by the Regional Grants Scheme in the last two years,” Mr Hill said.

The Regional Grants Scheme, made possible by Royalties for Regions, seeks to improve economic and community infrastructure and services in the Pilbara by helping to help attract investment, increase job opportunities and assist in improving the quality of life in the region.

Click here to view the full list of successful projects.

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