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Source: Government of Western Australia

Earlier this year the Shire of Ashburton made available financial support and funding to organisations who were severely financially impacted by the COVID-19 health pandemic and subsequent restrictions that followed in an effort to suppress the spread of the virus.

Shire President Kerry White said that the Shire felt obliged to assist small businesses, community groups and sporting clubs through this period.

“The heart of any community lies in the people who make it just that” said Councillor White.

“Our goal was to keep businesses going, keep people in jobs and reach out to groups and clubs so they could continue to operate into the future for the benefit of the community.

“In April we endorsed $1.5M COVID-19 relief package and opened up submissions for a COVID-19 Small Business and Community Grants Fund.

“The support from this fund included cash to offset fixed costs that were not able to be reduced such as rent, insurance and utilities, and in-kind support such as the waiver of Shire licenses, fees, and rent.

 “This was followed by a $1.5M contribution from our long-term Community Infrastructure and Services Partner Rio Tinto. Additionally, our Working Together for Onslow partner Chevron Australia made $1M available to local businesses and residents through the Chevron Onslow Relief Fund.

“The provision of these further funds supported the Shire’s relief efforts to support and provide economic stimulus to small businesses and community organisations who were experiencing hardship and who did not fall under or were eligible for Federal and State government financial support.

“As a result, we are pleased to advise that grants of support have been provided to 61 community groups and 36 small businesses.

“Moving forward with consideration given to the fact that we are able to go about our daily lives in a near normal capacity in Western Australia and our clubs, community groups and local organisations are able to operate in a full capacity, Council have voted to allocate the remainder of these funds towards the maintenance and improvement of essential community infrastructure in accordance with the key areas of the Rio Tinto agreement”.

We are pleased that we have been able to assist the following community groups and local businesses.

Community Groups 

  • Ashburton Anglers Inc
  • Ashburton Women’s Football Association Inc.
  • Crushers Cricket Club
  • Fortescue Cricket Association
  • Fortescue National Football League (FNFL)
  • Impala Go Kart Club
  • Karingal Neighbourhood Centre
  • Mountain View Sporting Club Incorporated
  • Nameless Family Playgroup
  • Onslow Motorcross & Enduro Club
  • Onslow Rodeo Association
  • Onslow Sports Club
  • Onslow Tourism & Progress Association
  • Pannawonica Sporting Club Inc.
  • Panthers Football Club
  • Paraburdoo Amateur Swimming Association
  • Paraburdoo Basketball Association
  • Paraburdoo Bowling Club
  • Paraburdoo Drive In Inc
  • Paraburdoo Golf Club
  • Paraburdoo Junior Football Club
  • Paraburdoo Men’s Shed
  • Paraburdoo Motorcycle Club Inc.
  • Paraburdoo Netball Association
  • Paraburdoo Saints Football & Sporting Club
  • Paraburdoo Soccer Club Inc
  • Paraburdoo Squash Racquets Club
  • Paraburdoo Tee Ball Association
  • Paraburdoo Tennis Club
  • Paraburdoo Toy Library Association
  • Scorchers Cricket Club
  • St Theresa’s Catholic Church
  • Stealers Softball
  • Swans District Football Club Inc
  • The Lifestyle Centre Paraburdoo
  • The Nintirri Centre Inc
  • The Pickled Bean
  • Tigers Football club
  • Tom Price Amateur Basketball Association
  • Tom Price Amateur Swimming Club
  • Tom Price BMX Club
  • Tom Price Bowling Club
  • Tom Price Branch Sporting Shooters
  • Tom Price Diamond Club
  • Tom Price Drive In
  • Tom Price Gymnastics Club
  • Tom Price Junior Football Club
  • Tom Price Junior Soccer Association
  • Tom Price Markets
  • Tom Price Men’s Shed
  • Tom Price Motorcycle Club
  • Tom Price Needle, Sewing & Quilting Club
  • Tom Price Netball Association
  • Tom Price Pony & Horse Club
  • Tom Price Sporting Shooters
  • Tom Price Squash Club
  • Tom Price Tennis Club
  • Tom Price Touch Football
  • Towns Cricket Club
  • Townsite Eagles Football Club
  • Vision Christian Media

Small Business Support            

  • Amy’s Hair Addiction             
  • Ashburton Investments Pty Ltd                     
  • Body Equip Physiotherapy                
  • Bodyline Gym Pty Ltd            
  • Cheela Plains Station Stay                
  • Chillin at Katies Ice Cream Van                    
  • Cuppa Coffee Van                 
  • Curio Corner Boutique store              
  • Donut Sister               
  • Emerald Beaute                     
  • From Dust Creative Arts                    
  • Kader Boot Co                       
  • Kalinda Gifts and Toys                      
  • Karingal Neighbourhood Centre                    
  • Kylie Pallister For Hair                       
  • Lorrae’s Little Cake Biz                      
  • Nanutarra Roadhouse Pty Ltd                       
  • Northwest Aviation Services              
  • Paraburdoo Post Office                     
  • Paraburdoo’s Table & Para Drome Supplies Store              
  • Pilbara Tourism Association              
  • Pilbara Camel Trekking                     
  • Pop-Up Posies                       
  • Posties General Store           
  • Pure Mechanical                    
  • Sindy Magner-Pollard Holistic Health
  • Stephanie Davidson Wellness                       
  • The Flying Sandgroper AT & T                     
  • The Lifestyle Centre Paraburdoo                  
  • The Pilbara Gaming Hub                   
  • The SKG Unit Trust               
  • The Vault Paraburdoo            
  • Tom Price Tourist Park                      
  • Tom Price Visitor Centre Advertisers – Shire of Ashburton              
  • West Oz Active Adventure Tours                  

For media information contact:

Alison Lennon – Manager Media and Communications, Shire of Ashburton

M: 0409 314 140 | E: [email protected]

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