WILDLIFE carers, emergency services and a women’s refuge are among the latest recipients of an annual community support grant funded by Pilbara Ports Authority.

The grants form part of Pilbara Ports Authority’s yearly Staff Community Grant, where staff are given the opportunity to nominate a charity or not-for-profit organisation that directly supports the Dampier/Karratha, Port Hedland and Ashburton/Onslow communities.

Five organisations will each receive $5,000 for resources and equipment. The recipients are:

Dampier/Karratha

  • Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association
  • Karratha Community Men’s Shed

Port Hedland

  • Port Hedland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service
  • Hedland Women’s Refuge

Ashburton/Onslow

  • Ngala Pilbara Families Building Pilbara Communities

Pilbara Ports Authority CEO Roger Johnston said the pandemic made the grants money particularly valuable.

“Volunteer and community services are still operating during the COVID-19 pandemic and some are busier than ever during this difficult time,” Mr Johnston said.

“These grants will help them to continue supporting communities and wildlife.”

The grant recipients are to use the money to address several community needs across the Pilbara.

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“This grant will make a real and lasting impact on vulnerable women and children who have been forced to flee their homes. It also helps us to fulfil our commitment to a world where domestic violence is not tolerated or ignored,” Hedland Women’s Refuge manager Gabrielle Marks said.

“The grant will enable us to continue treating and caring for wildlife in the Pilbara by providing medical supplies and equipment, and raising our profile across the region,” Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association chairperson Rose Best said.

“Our membership has grown over the past six months, so this grant will help us train new members by improving our training room facilities with additional TVs, laptops, printers, desks and chairs,” Port Hedland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Captain Graeme Hunter said.

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