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Jul 28, 2016

The latest round of successful Regional Grants Scheme recipients have been announced by the Pilbara Development Commission and Minister for Regional Development, with seven Pilbara projects sharing in $1.6 million in funding.

A variety of projects across the region, including a youth and family program in Onslow and a foreshore revitalisation project in Karratha, will become a reality thanks for the Royalties for Regions funded program.

Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill said the breadth of projects ensures all four local government areas in the region benefited from the major funding scheme.

“Projects in Newman, Karratha, Roebourne, Onslow and Port Hedland have all received funding in this round which is a great outcome for the region,” Mr Hill said.

Two Newman projects were successful in the round, ensuring continued support for the social and economic growth of the East Pilbara town.

“Having been in Newman recently, I understand the significant impact the Newman Day Centre refurbishment and Newman Business Activation Program will have on the community.”

The announcement comes as the 2017 Regional Grants Scheme and Community Chest Fund were confirmed by the Minister for Regional Development, with applications set to open on Monday 1 August 2016.

“The Pilbara had highly competitive rounds for both the Scheme and Fund with 70 applications submitted in total,” Mr Hill said.

“I encourage community and not-for-profit organisations to consider applying for this next round of funding, which opens on 1 August.

“Organisations interested in applying should contact the Commission for advice and support in completing their application form.”

The Regional Grants Scheme is aimed at projects to help attract investment, increase job opportunities and improve the quality of life in the regions, with grants from $50,001 to $300,000, with the Community Chest Fund supporting smaller local projects with one-off grants of up to $50,000.

For funding guidelines and applications forms for Regional Grants Scheme and Community Chest Fund visit the Pilbara Development Commission website, www.pdc.wa.gov.au.

Successful projects:

Shire of East Pilbara, Newman business activation project - $214,801
East Pilbara Independence Support, Newman day centre refurbishment - $296,107
Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Foundation, Ngurin Pilbara Aboriginal Centre - Museum and Research Library - $300,000
V Swans, V Swans Youth and Families Project - $120,000
Shire of Ashburton, Ian Blair Boardwalk, Onslow refurbishment and installation of interpretive signage - $300,000
City of Karratha, Karratha foreshore revitalisation: Maitland Road Node - $300,000
Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre, Developing and improving the education and training needs of the indigenous cultural sector - $135,758

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