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Volunteer groups to share Federal funding

Five East Kimberley volunteer groups will share in more than $24,000 to support volunteers with the cost of running their "critical" organisations.

Kimberley Animals Nature and Education Inc, Kalumburu local drug action group Tramulla Strong Women's Group, Kununurra Playgroup Inc, Ord Valley Events and St Joseph's School Kununurra Parents and Friends Committee have all received funding of up to $5000 each.

St Joseph's School Kununurra principal Tim Hogan said the school's grant of $4975.97 would be used to buy a projector, screen and laptop to assist P&F volunteers.

"This is exciting, it will be a huge help especially for our major fundraiser, St Patrick's Day," he said.

"It will mean we won't have to beg and borrow equipment such as a screen and laptops."

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said volunteers play a critical role in helping shape Australia and building stronger and more resilient communities.

"Their generosity permeates almost every aspect of Australian society, whether it be helping out local sporting clubs or landcare groups, assisting our most disadvantaged or helping recover from natural disasters," she said.

The successful organisations will receive grants of between $1000 and $5000 to buy small equipment items, contribute towards the cost of training courses and background checks and to help to reimburse volunteers for the cost of their fuel or transport.

About 5000 community organisations with more than more than 280,000 volunteers from all over the country will benefit from this funding, of which nine Kimberley organisations received a total of $42,045.97.

Source - Kimberley Echo

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