ALP pledges funding for groups

ALP pledges funding for groups

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Liddelow Scouts assistant group leader Neill Beer, member for Thornlie Chris Tallentire and scout group leader Michelle Rainsforth at the meeting on Friday where they discussed the Community Improvement Fund. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

Thornlie Liddelow Scouts were one of the first community groups to put in their application for a grant from the Community Improvement Fund on December 9.

The fund is a part of the Labor Party’s new election pledge should it be elected in March.

Liddelow Scouts group leader Michelle Rainsforth met with Member for Thornlie Chris Tallentire on Friday to talk about the fund and said they were asking for just under $2000.

“We applied for funds for our first ever family camp which will be in May and we have applied for a six-metre by three-metre gazebo,” she said.

“(Our last one) got blown away by a storm when we were camping.”

“We’re constantly fundraising…and the money from the fund will take some of the pressure off.”

Mr Tallentire said he wanted to empower community organisations to deliver projects which could seem financially out of reach.

“I’ve worked in the not-for-profit sector, I know how important it is to have a one-off application opportunity,” he said.

“It could be equipment that’s needed like camping gear so scouts can get the experience of fending for themselves away from home.”

The Community Improvement Fund is designed to provide funds to councils and community organisations in Thornlie, Maddington and Gosnells to build local infrastructure and support local programs.

Mr Tallentire said groups like Liddelow Scouts were the lifeblood of the community.

“The Community Improvement Fund is open to all community groups,” he said.

“Each group application is assessed and funds are allocated accordingly.”

Applications for the fund by the ALP close on January 27.

For more information or to register email thornlie@walabor.org.au