Funding on offer to local community groups

Are you a member of a volunteer group, community organisation or sporting club in the Busselton area? Do you need to upgrade your uniforms or equipment? Or do you have a great idea for a local community activity or event? Then don’t miss the chance to apply for the next round of Busselton Water’s Community Partnership Program.

The program provides support for grassroots programs in the region – particularly groups and projects related to water quality and efficiency; environmental sustainability; education; innovation; and leadership.

Busselton Water Chief Executive Officer Chris Elliott said the corporation was looking to build on the success of its inaugural Community Partnership Program round in 2016.

“We received some very strong applications in 2016 and we’ve been thrilled with the support we’ve been able to provide to our local community groups after only the first year of the partnership program,” Mr Elliott said.

“Busselton Water is proud to be supporting organisations, projects and events that share our core values and contribute back to the community and I encourage all local organisations to have a look at the guidelines and consider applying this round.”

In 2016, three deserving organisations shared in nearly $5,000 in funding including Acting Up! Drama School, the Disabled Surfers Association South West and Vasse Primary School. Vasse Primary School received a grant to purchase a much-needed 1500-litre rain water tank, soil wetting agents, drip system reticulation, rain gauge, and watering cans for the school’s sustainable garden.

Principal Sinan Kerimofski said the school’s ‘Wicked Patch’ was established in 2011 as part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.

“Through the Wicked Patch, our students grow fruit and vegetables with a sustainable focus,” Mr Kerimofski said.

“The supply of a rain water tank and other associated water saving measures from Busselton Water has been terrific – it’s allowed us to further develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of sustainable water practices through real life, hands on experiences.

Now we also have three playgroups also using the garden which is great – it’s really turned into a community garden, as well as a learning tool for the school.”

More information about the Busselton Water Community Partnership Program – including guidelines and an application form – are available on the Busselton Water website at or phone 08 9421 3600 for more information. Applications close on Tuesday 20 June 2017.