Youth Involvement Council, Unit 2 boxing and others get $10,000 each

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Youth Involvement Council Protective Behaviours program creator Holly-Ann Martin with Kasey Lyons, 10, and Jordan Gray, 6.
Camera IconYouth Involvement Council Protective Behaviours program creator Holly-Ann Martin with Kasey Lyons, 10, and Jordan Gray, 6. Credit: Taylar Amonini

Four community groups are set to be bolstered by the latest round of development funding.

The Town of Port Hedland selected the not-for-profit organisations that would benefit from the Community Development Grants scheme at an ordinary meeting last Wednesday.

The Youth Involvement Council, Hedland Community Living Association and Unit 2 Boxing were all approved for a $10,000 grant, while the local Australian Army cadets unit received $9000.

Town Commissioner Fred Riebeling said the funding would assist the groups to grow the impact of what they are achieving.

“These are run by people who are dedicated to improving youth, and they are worthwhile groups,” he said.

“Nothing happens for free, if the community’s not prepared to invest in these small community led organisations then we will be the poorer for it.”

Hedland Community Living Association chairwoman Marie Derschaw said the funds would be used to provide an initiative for the disadvantaged, children in care, at risks youths and children with disabilities to access outdoor recreational activities.

She said they were excited to be awarded the grant and what it would mean for their group.

“The reason we went for the grant was so we could start doing regular day fishing trips on a fortnightly basis and we are going to do monthly camps,” she said.

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