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Sport, tourism and community development initiatives in the Pilbara have been the big winners in the 2015 Regional Grants Scheme allocation announced by the Minister for Regional Development today.
The Pilbara shared in $1.06 million funding towards projects in Onslow, Karratha, South Hedland and Newman.
Administered by the Pilbara Development Commission, the Pilbara Regional Grants Scheme has provided a welcome boost to $7.7 million worth of community projects in the region.
Pilbara Development Commission acting Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill said the funding would expand the capacity and level of community services available across the region.
“Access to quality services and facilities is a high priority for residents of the Pilbara as it helps build our diversity and resilience,” Mr Hill said.
Sporting facilities received the biggest share of the funds with the Onslow Basketball Complex, Tambrey Pavilion in Karratha and Faye Gladstone Netball Clubhouse in South Hedland receiving funding under the scheme.
“Sport is a successful mechanism for connecting communities by creating a sense of belonging and encouraging a healthy lifestyle,” Mr Hill said.
“Ensuring we have the best quality facilities will enable program and membership expansion of sporting clubs and a greater sense of pride among players.”
Also funded under the scheme was an expansion of the St Vincent de Paul Welfare Centre in South Hedland, construction of a Community Nursery and Training Centre in the East Pilbara, and a project that will investigate future development opportunities for Cape Keraudren Recreation Reserve and Nullagine Caravan Park.
“The Pilbara Blueprint aims to build vibrant, modern and inclusive communities, and these projects are great examples of community-led initiatives that will meet the growing needs of our diverse population.”
The Royalties for Regions funded scheme aims to improve economic and community infrastructure to assist in improving the quality of life in the regions.
The 2015 Regional Grants Scheme allocation: