Community Chest Funding announced
$370,000 will be invested in the Goldfields‐Esperance region as part of the Goldfields‐Esperance Community Chest Fund. Made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, this newly established small grants program is aimed at providing funds to smaller community projects such as community events, arts and culture, youth and mental health programs and facility upgrades.“
A total of 21 projects have been selected to receive a boost from the Goldfields-Esperance Community Chest Fund towards their chosen projects. From supporting flagship community events like the Leonora Golden Gift to assisting community organisations with the upgrade of community facilities and equipment such as the Norseman Men’s Shed; the successful projects touch all reaches of our vast region and cover a range of community-based initiatives”.
The GEDC received 36 Goldfields-Esperance Community Chest Fund applications across two rounds. Applicants were seeking in excess of $585,000 in funding to support projects to the total value of $3.65 million.
All successful applicants are listed on GEDC's Community Chest Funding page and the GEDC will be profiling successful applicants from each region on E-News, starting from this edition with stories on the Leonora Gift, Esperance Community Arts and Kalgoorlie Touch of Gold Toastmasters.
Hopetoun Community Centre on target
The Hopetoun Community Centre, one of the first projects funded by the Royalties for
Regions Goldfields-Esperance Revitalisation Fund with a $2 million allocation is well underway. The Shire of Ravensthorpe awarded the contract to build the new centre to Wauters Enterprises of Albany last year and work commenced prior to Christmas.
The new Hall has taken shape, the roof is on and the construction of the internal structure, including office space is progressing with expectations that the building will be at lock up stage by the end of June 2015. Based on the current building program, the new Centre and refurbished Community Resource Centre (CRC) is scheduled to be completed and handed over the Shire in December of this year.
Included in the development is the refurbishment of the part of the existing building which will see the CRC double in size and the Progress Association relocating to offices in the new building.
Northern Goldfields Office Accommodation Centre out to tender
Tenders have now been called for the Northern Goldfields Office Accommodation Centre in Leonora. A request for tender was published on Wednesday 29th April and Saturday 2nd May 15, with a closing date of 26th May. A building contractor is expected to be appointed by the end of June 2015 and the project completed by mid-June 2016.
The Northern Goldfields Regional Office and Administration Centre (NGROAC) Project is a hallmark of collaboration between State and Local Government. Its purpose is to ensure access to critical Health and Social Services in the Northern Goldfields Region, and to create the opportunity to develop and grow services. The Centre will provide adequate office accommodation for delivery of visiting services and to house permanently based local services. It will also encourage agencies to expand their services into the Northern Goldfields communities and to locate staff in the region permanently, ensuring this regional hub continues to grow and thrive into the future. The new building, scheduled for completion in June 2016, is testimony to the importance of Royalties for Regions funding to regional areas. This $7.2 million project attracted $4.6 million from Goldfields-Esperance Revitalisation funding.
Gold Fever hits Toastmasters
Some 120 Toastmasters, the vast majority from Perth, will be congregating in Kalgoorlie-Boulder on the long week-end in June to attend the Gold Fever Toastmasters Convention, an annual event held outside the Perth-Mandurah region for the first time. The delegates will participate in a variety of activities including public speaking and leadership seminars from keynote speaker Rayn Avery, who in 2012, aged 24 was the youngest ever world public speaking champion. The District finals of the four Toastmasters public speaking contests will be a highlight and the winner of the International Speech contest will go on to represent WA Toastmasters by competing at the World Championship of Public Speaking at the International Convention of Toastmasters in Las Vegas in August.
Keynote speaker Ryan speaks more than 50 times a year to global clients that span emerging professionals, engineers, entrepreneurs, lawyers and college students. Whilst in Kalgoorlie he will be addressing a Kalgoorlie-Boulder Business Leaders' Breakfast which local business people and residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Touch of Gold Toastmasters were successful in their funding application towards the Convention. "Toastmasters is a voluntary organisation and keeping costs down is really critical to our success" said Paul Browning, Chair of the Gold Fever Convention Committee, "This funding enables us to put on a really world class convention here in Kalgoorlie for the benefit of local Toastmasters, those from around WA and of the local community."
Leonora Golden Gift only weeks away
The June long week-end will once again put Leonora on the map with the
staging of the nationally recognized and richest 1600m running race in Australia, the Leonora Golden Gift. Golden Gift. The Golden Gift athletic carnival is the centrepiece of the week-end, which is supported by a major musical act, horse racing, fireworks, children's entertainment, market stalls, the Leonora Golden Wheels Cycle race and the revived Art Prize. The carnival also includes running events for all ages and abilities. The Golden Gift athletic carnival attracts elite athletes from all over Australia, with local, national and international runners competing.
The Shire of Leonora was one of the 21 recipients of funding from the Royalties for Region Community Chest with a $7,500 grant to assist with the hire of the electronic timing equipment and specialist operators required to hold the race.
"Securing sponsors for this event is especially important this year as we all face the daunting challenges of the current economic crisis" commented Shire of Leonora CEO, Jim Epis and “the financial assistance provided through the Royalties for Regions Goldfields-Esperance Community Chest Fund to assist with the running of this year’s Leonora Golden Gift is appreciated by my Council and the Leonora Community."
Esperance Community Arts "Arts Out There" project goes ahead
Outdoor performances are likely to be a more frequent occurrence in Esperance with the recent allocation of $20,000 from the Royalties for Regions Community Chest Fund to Esperance Community Arts (ECA) for its "Arts Out There" project. The project has two components: the provision of community equipment for outdoor performances and the collection of local stories about arts participation.
"Esperance Community Arts is very excited to have received funding for this project", said Jane Mulcock, Executive Officer of Community Arts, "We are hoping that both aspects of this project will help to build the profile of the arts in the region. The marquee and portable dance floor will be available for performers of all kinds to stage public outdoor events and the marquee will be painted to represent the diversity of cultures and art forms in the region. The storytelling component of the project will allow us to collect, collate and present a wide range of narratives about arts participation in Esperance."
There are more than 30 arts groups in town of varying sizes and many other individuals who are involved in creative activities including visual arts, music, writing, theatre and dance in the Esperance region and ECA offers them administrative and mentoring support. It facilitates and contributes to a variety of arts programs that aim to increase participation in the arts by supporting individuals and groups to work together, access local resources, expand social networks and express creativity and local identity. ECA have a gallery and a gift shop in the Museum Village to promote the work of community groups and local artists and can provide assistance with event promotion and funding applications.
Meet Aidan Tansey, GEDC new Business Services Manager
The GEDC is delighted to welcome to its ranks a new Business Services Manager, Aidan Tansey, previously Goldfields-Esperance Regional Manager with the Department of Transport.
Aidan brings to the GEDC his extensive knowledge and experience of regional transport operations, impressive management and leadership skills and a wide experience in country Western Australia. Apart from his Kalgoorlie posting, he has previously filled Regional Manager/Coordinator postions in Karratha, Bunbury, Carnarvon and Albany. Welcome to the GEDC, Aidan!