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Community Chest funding flows to Kimberley projects

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The Broome cruise ship management project, the 2016 Kununurra Agricultural Show, the Warmun Art Print project and Wyndham Stars on the Bastion 2016 are among a host of Kimberley community projects set to receive a funding boost.

The Kimberley Development Commission today announced the grant recipients of the region’s Community Chest Fund, made possible by the Royalties for Regions program.

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Dave Grills MLC said the Community Chest Fund provided one-off grants to community, public and not for profit organisations to improve and develop infrastructure and services in the region.

“A total of 21 projects in the Kimberley will receive funding in this latest round,” Mr Grills said.

“I’m pleased to see Royalties for Regions investing in such a diverse range of projects that will deliver tangible benefits to Kimberley communities.”

Additional projects supported through the Kimberley region’s Community Chest Fund in this round include:

  • Kutjungka Region Horse Program (Anglicare WA Inc.)
  • Culturally Relevant Training Programs (Derby District High School P&C Committee)
  • Dreamtime Project of Dance (Dreamtime Project of Dance Inc.)
  • Garnduwa ICT upgrade (Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan)
  • Pathways to Housing and Employment (Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation)
  • Historic Holman House refurbishment (Nyikina Inc.)
  • Shinju Matsuri Festival 2016 staging (Shinju Matsuri Inc.)
  • Fitzroy Play Space (Shire of Derby-West Kimberley)
  • Olabud Doogethu community gym (Shire of Halls Creek)
  • Kimberley Writers Festival and Children’s Book Week (Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley)
  • Wyndham Museum Roof Upgrade (Wyndham Historical Society)

The Community Chest Fund provides voluntary organisations, educational institutions and community organisations with grants of up to $50,000 to support local projects.

Western Australia's nine regional development commissions oversee the projects, each being allocated an equal share from which to provide the Community Chest Fund grants.

“This Community Chest funding supports region-specific priorities that are driven by locals to assist the development of infrastructure, services and community projects designed to help build better, more liveable regions with stronger economies,” Mr Grills said.

"I congratulate the Board of the Kimberley Development Commission in their extraordinarily difficult task in selecting from the very many worthy projects that applied.”

Nationals WA Candidate for the Kimberley Rob Houston said the rolling Community Chest Fund was empowering local communities through support for grassroots-level projects.

"A number of diverse projects and organisations across our region have significantly benefited from the Community Chest Fund in recent years,” Mr Houston said.

The Liberal National Government, through the Royalties for Regions program, has invested $10 million into the Community Chest Fund over the next four years.