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Jan 31, 2017

Thirty projects across five Pilbara towns from Paraburdoo to Port Hedland have been awarded funding through the latest round of the Community Chest Fund, delivered by the Pilbara Development Commission.

The fund will see a total of $833,333 injected into a range of Pilbara initiatives including community events, tourism projects, infrastructure upgrades and cultural preservation programs.

Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill said the funding provided an essential kick start for a range of projects across the region.

“Community organisations are the pillar of our region. They enhance the quality of life for residents by providing more opportunities for sport, entertainment, cultural enrichment and business development,” Mr Hill said.

More than 50 applications for funding were received this round, making it a highly competitive process.

“Community Chest Fund projects are completely driven by the community, placing the power in the hands of the people who live and work in the Pilbara,” Mr Hill said.

“The diverse range of projects funded in this round include Karratha Young Professionals professional development events, the Goods Shed Museum upgrade in Onslow, Outback Fusion Festival in Newman and a security upgrade for the Hedland Well Women’s Centre.”

Projects funded through the previous round of the Community Chest Fund, announced in July 2016, are already delivering positive outcomes for the community.

“The Port Walcott Surf Life Saving Club has received 30 new nipper boards just in time for their 2017 season, while movie-goers in Tom Price are enjoying the latest blockbuster releases with pitch perfect sound following a major upgrade to the speaker system,” Mr Hill said.

Sixty-three Pilbara projects have shared in more than $1.48 million in funding since 2015 through the Pilbara Community Chest Fund.

The Community Chest Fund, made possible by Royalties for Regions, provides voluntary organisations, schools and community groups with grants of up to $50,000 to support local projects.

Click here to view the full list of successful projects.

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