Easternwell program supports community groups


The Heights Community Centre purchased a deep chest freezer for emergency relief food supplies with their community grant from Easternwell.

Community groups across the Pilbara, Roxby Downs, Surat Basin and Toowoomba regions have received approximately $40,000 through the latest round of community grants from Easternwell, a subsidiary of Broadspectrum.

Much needed funds are going to a variety of groups including Ashburton Little Athletics Centre, Karratha Community House, Dampier Taverners Cricket Club, Injune Retirement Village, Chinchilla Archers, Miles & District Historical Society, Heights Community Centre, Oakey State High School P & C Association, Kogan State School P & C Association, Roxby Desert Motor Cross Club, Roxby Downs Scout Group and Roxby Downs Golf Club.

Ashburton Little Athletics President Shane Scott said that Easternwell’s grant was used to purchase a new line marking machine.

“Ashburton Little Athletics Centre is a newly established athletics centre for children based in Tom Price. We focus on developing athletic skills in both track and field. The new line marking machine will greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to prepare our running track and throwing sectors with line marking.”

Additionally, Kaye Lindsay from the Heights Community Centre was another local recipient who received a grant to purchase a deep chest freezer for emergency relief food supplies.

“As a not-for-profit organisation we provide support and referrals to a community that has a number of social, cultural and economic challenges. The centre receives weekly deliveries of bread, fruit and vegetables which are made available to the community at no cost. The deep chest freezer will help to preserve these items and meals prepared from these items for individuals and families in an emergency crisis situation.”

Further demonstrating Easternwell’s commitment to the community, President of Eumamurrin Gun Club, Rohan Jamieson said that the grant was used to purchase two new brush cutters to maintain the club’s grounds.

“The club participates in a range of community projects to improve the social, economic and general wellbeing of residents including hosting monthly sporting activities, drought fundraisers and mental health awareness events.”

Easternwell’s Executive General Manager, Tim Phelan, said the program was specifically developed to provide much needed support to local grass roots organisations who do so much within our communities.

“There are countless community groups, clubs and associations in our operating areas who provide important services to their communities.”

“Easternwell is passionate about supporting the regions where we conduct business and our grants program is one of the ways we are creating lasting benefits for community members who count on the vital support of these organisations in their day to day lives.”

Since the launch of the grass roots initiative in 2011, Easternwell has provided more than $320,000 to 201 community groups that support activities in the areas of education, health, indigenous, safety and youth. The next round of Easternwell Community Grants opens June 2018. Eligible groups may apply for funding of up to $2,000. For more information visit www.easternwell.com.au/communitygrants

Ashburton Little Athletics Centre purchased a line marking machine with their community grant from Easternwell.