Community groups called to apply for funding

Funded: A 1971 fire tanker restored to preserve the history of the local forest industry and bush fire brigades in Bridgetown. Photo: Supplied
Funded: A 1971 fire tanker restored to preserve the history of the local forest industry and bush fire brigades in Bridgetown. Photo: Supplied

WA Forestry Minister Dave Kelly opened applications for the Forest Products Commission’s Community Support Program on Monday.

The program has been increased to help more local organisations that are active in regional areas connected with forestry.

Now in its second year, the scheme has been increased from a total funding pool of $20,000 last year to $30,000 in 2019.

Grants of up to $2,000 will be available to community groups, not-for-profits and sporting clubs.

Mr Kelly said the increase to the funding pool would allow more community groups to benefit.

“Last year, we saw some fantastic projects funded through the program, including a popular family day where about 150 children enjoyed planting tuart seeds, which they will nurture until they can be used to restore an area of Ludlow Tuart Forest,” he said.

“The Forest Products Commission contributes close to $100 million each year to regional communities and is committed to supporting initiatives which provide lasting benefits to regional areas.”

A range of groups benefited from the first round of the FPC program, including scouts, volunteer firefighters, schools, historical societies and a forest restoration group.

Last year’s grant round went towards a variety of worthy community resources, including the purchase of fire masks to increase the safety of volunteer firefighters in Collie, the purchase of bicycles for children at East Manjimup Primary School, and restoring a 1971 fire tanker to preserve the history of the local forest industry and bush fire brigades in Bridgetown.

Preference is given to applications that contribute the greatest benefit to regional communities, encourage recreation in State forests or educate the community about the benefits of forestry and the timber industry.

Applications close on March 6, 2019. For more information, visit www.fpc.wa.gov.au