Pilbara Indigenous Groups Benefit From CPM's Community Support Fund
Aboriginal groups based in Roebourne and Karratha are the latest recipients of CITIC Pacific Mining’s Community Support Fund (CCSF) which offers individual projects small funding grants of up to $5,000.
The Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd runs Ieramagadu Hospitality Training and Employment which provides Roebourne community members with a meaningful place-based learning experience at their not-for-profit supermarket and cafe. The CCSF will allow the purchase of locally-sourced native plants for use in food preparation, as well as an upgrade to the facility training space.
The Wirrawandi Aboriginal Corporation’s Wirrawandi Rangers manages impacts on Mardudhunera traditional lands by removing rubbish, rescuing animals, protecting cultural sites and engaging with the community. As their activities take the rangers to very remote areas, the grant will be used to fit out their recovery vehicles with equipment including jerry cans, CB radios and a generator, improving the on-the-ground safety and wellbeing of program participants.
Today’s Round 1, 2023 recipients join ten other Pilbara based projects that have benefited from the CCSF since its inception in 2021. The CCSF has two application rounds each year and is made possible by CPM’s Containers for Change recycling initiative which sees the funds raised from drink container recycling at the Sino Iron Cape Preston operations reinvested into community projects.
Focus areas for grant funding are:
- Education and training
- Healthy, active lifestyles
- Cultural learning and exchange
- Environmental responsibility
- Youth support and development.
Previous CCSF recipients have included Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association, Nickol Hawks Cricket Club, Northwest Multicultural Association, Karratha Kats Netball Club and Pilbara Trailblazers.
To learn more about the CPM Community Support Fund’s Grants Program, go to https://citicpacificmining.com/our-responsibilities/cpm-community-support-fund.