Community partnerships to benefit hundreds

Hundreds of locals across seven different community groups will benefit in the latest round of Busselton Water’s Community Partnerships Program.

In the second round of the grants program, launched in 2016, the local water corporation is investing more than $10,000 in the local community.

Busselton Water CEO Chris Elliott said the program is part of the corporation’s commitment to investing in local grassroots organisations.

“This year the program touches all parts of the community through a broad mix of organisations from sporting groups across a range of codes and genders, to the scouts and the elderly through the hospice.

“We recognise the importance of ongoing community engagement at a local level and we want to make sure that as an organisation we are adding value to the community we are a part of.”

The Busselton Jets Junior Rugby Club is one of the seven successful organisations and will use their funding to purchase six first aids kits and an aluminium stretcher.

The Club’s President Donna Sadler said the funding will be essential in helping the club to meet Australian Rugby Union (ARU) medical and safety requirements.

“The ARU requires each club to have a stretcher and first aid kits available in the event that first aid is required on game days or at training,” Ms Sadler said.

“Currently, at all home games, we employ the local St John Ambulance to provide this – but it’s a costly requirement for our fledgling club.

“Now, thanks to this funding from Busselton Water, we have the first aid equipment we need to ensure that our players, and the opposition, are well looked after in the event of an on-field incident.

“Coupled with our first aid training, this is really helping to make our club far more sustainable for the future.”

Other recipients in the 2017 funding round include:

  • Busselton Swimming Club which will purchase a lockable equipment cage for squads to securely store equipment;
  • 1st Cape Naturalist Scouts Group to purchase a new hot water unit for the scout hall;
  • Busselton Hospice Care to purchase a 22,500L water tank and pump as part of its garden refurbishment;
  • Busselton Surf Lifesaving Club for first aid equipment and training;
  • Robins Women’s Hockey Club to purchase two sets of goalie gear for the junior teams; and
  • Disabled Surfers Association South West for its “Let’s go surfing days” held at Bunker Bay.

Mr Elliott said the calibre of applications in this round were exceptionally high and the organisation was impressed by the breadth of local groups investing time and energy into making Busselton and the local area a great place to live.

The next round will open for applications in mid-2018.