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CBH Group delivers $250 000 to community projects in WA regions


The CBH Group has allocated $250,000 to dozens of community projects in regional WA in its latest Infrastructure Round of the Grass Roots Fund. 

In total, 36 community projects were awarded funding, ranging from an upgrade to a town hall kitchen to purchasing benches for punters at a regional basketball association. 

The Infrastructure Round of the Grass Roots Fund aims to provide financial investment to grain growing communities to conduct small scale projects to build or repair infrastructure, which contributes to the health and vitality of their community. 

 General Manger of Grower and External Relations, Brianna Peake, said the single round was conducted in August and was open for grants of up to $20,000 each. 

“The Infrastructure Round came to fruition after listening to community feedback and receiving requests for assistance for maintenance and small-scale infrastructure activities,” said Ms Peake.   

“CBH believes in growing strong and vibrant communities, in doing so we invest more than $1.5 million into regional community projects each year “. 

“Communities have responded really well to the round and plan to use the funds for a variety of one-off projects that will have beneficial outcomes locally.” 

There was more than $560,000 in funding requests, with $250,000 being allocated. 

Some successful applications include: 

  • Watheroo Bushfire Brigade received $5,000 for a community BBQ trailer 
  • Shire of Morawa received $8,500 toward the town hall kitchen upgrade 
  • North Albany Football & Sporting Club received $10,000 for their changeroom renovations 
  • Cunderdin Basketball Association received $5,000 towards backboards and benches 
  • Wickepin Community Shed received $1,500 to concrete their shed floor 

Gnowangerup District High School P&C received $20,000 for a school oval. 

Gnowangerup District High School P&C Committee Member Daniel Patterson said the school oval has never had any grass due to the lack of a secure water supply and the quality of the dirt.  

“Over the last three years the P&C have worked tirelessly to secure a reliable water source. We have been able to fundraise most of the money needed, except we still had a gap for the lawn and retic,” Mr Patterson said.    

“Thanks to CBH we can now move forward and look at getting the project completed so the school children will have a grassed oval for the very first time.” 

The Grass Roots Fund will open for a combined round of small-scale infrastructure projects and community events on 1 March 2019.