Late last month, the City of Karratha and the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project presented a number of much-needed grants to local not-for-profit community, cultural and sport and recreation groups, in support of projects and programs which will help make the city a great place to live.
The grants were presented as part of the City's Quarterly Grants Scheme, which has two main categories – Community and Cultural and Sports and Recreation.
Karratha Gas Plant Asset Manager Andrew Lobb, representing the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project, said it was an honour to support the City of Karratha's quarterly community grants.
"These grants go a long way in a community like Karratha, where there is a strong sense of community and a willingness to get things done," he said.
"Woodside really values its partnership with this community, which dates back more than 30 years."
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the quarterly grants provided support to a wide range of community groups and clubs each year.
"Our quarterly grants schemes give us a chance to support those local groups that give so much back to the community, whether it be through sport, events or providing a community service," Councillor Long said.
"Through the schemes we are able to support a number of these organisations and ensure a diverse range of projects benefit from our support, from providing funds so the Dampier Arts Studio can hire space for workshops to helping the Raiders Boxing Club cover the cost of running free boxing classes for troubled youth in the City.
"These extra funds can be crucial for these groups and we are proud to be able to join with the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project to provide this support."
Nickol Bay Hockey Association Grants Officer Annabelle Little said the club would use its $1,320 grant to develop the club's strategic plan to help grow hockey in the region.
"We've grown and developed the sport in the region a long way in recent years but we want to provide a complete pathway for hockey players from our junior competition all the way up to an A-grade competition and extend those opportunities all the way through to state and international level," Annabelle said.
"This grant will allow us to access the professional assistance we need to develop a strategic plan which will capture the big plans we have for our sport."