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City’s fund supports community connections

Published Tuesday, 20th October 2020

The City of Wanneroo’s Community Response and Recovery Fund is reviving and strengthening local groups and sporting clubs as they recover from the financial impacts of COVID-19.

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Mayor Tracey Roberts said the new Fund was already making a positive difference in the community.

“Our clubs are a very important part of our community,” Mayor Roberts said. “They bring people together, provide opportunities for social interaction and help people stay physically and mentally healthy.

“The City of Wanneroo is proud to support our local clubs and groups through the Fund, including fee waivers and concessions for use of City facilities.”

Anita Diep, President of Dynamic Flame Badminton Club, said the Fund was already making a tangible difference for the club, which was significantly affected by the pandemic.

“We were very happy that our club was given permission by the City to resume badminton at Kingsway Indoor Stadium, however many players didn’t return due to concerns about the virus,” Ms Diep said. “We are still missing some of our older generation players.”

“The reduction in playing numbers led to reduced income; we couldn’t meet the costs required for coaching and court hire and had to dig into our cash reserves.

“The City’s Community Response and Recovery Fund will enable us to sustain the club and help it grow further.

“Dynamic Flame is a club that celebrates cultural diversity and is welcoming of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. The City’s funding will allow our club to deepen its connection with the local community and continue to enrich lives.”

Lisa Cole, Secretary of Brighton Seahawks Senior Football Club, said the Fund had provided a boost for the club, which would run at a loss this year due to COVID-19.

“Our affiliation fees are over $2,300 and we also are required to pay field, boundary and goal umpires,” Mrs Cole said.

“With other fees and equipment costs, the club was struggling to provide trophies and an end-of-season event for our players. There were also very few sponsorship opportunities available, further affecting the club.”

“Thanks to the City’s Community Response and Recovery Fund, our club will be able to purchase much-needed equipment and pay our affiliation fees.”

Please visit the City’s website to find out more about community funding.

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