Our Connected Communities grant category was all about growing stronger community relationships through activities that bring us all together.
Worthwhile charities, organisations and not for profit groups are so often the backbone of our local communities.
Our Kleenheat Community Grants program is supporting local groups doing great things in communities across regional Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Our $1,000 grants are designed to give local go-getters a little helping hand in continuing to make a positive difference in our communities.
Being part of a vibrant community can have a positive effect on everyone – whether it’s meeting new people, lending a helping hand or contributing to making your town a great place to live.
Keeping regional communities connected
Community Resource Centres and Progress Associations keep many regional towns connected and social.
During the Grants program, a quarter of the grants awarded went to Wheatbelt-based Community Resource Centre’s, Progress Association’s and other similar community groups for the work they are doing in their community.
Across the Wheatbelt, these services are vital in keeping communities connected both within the local community and further afield.
Getting our local staff in on the act
Our local Kleenheat staff are based around the NT and WA and know first-hand the efforts and value of supporting local community initiatives and organisations.
Matt Barrett, is one of our Kleenheat Business Representatives. Matt lives near Denmark in southern WA and looks after the commercial LPG requirements for small to large businesses as well as our extensive 45kg dealer network around the Wheatbelt and Great Southern.
Since moving into the area, five years ago, Matt has embraced the southern lifestyle and become actively involved in local volunteer groups, as a way of giving back to the local community.
“I have so much admiration for people in the regions who work so hard to service their local community. Community organisations are the lifeblood of regional WA, it’s important to have the Kleenheat Community Grants supporting these organisations.”
Connecting regional communities
Kondinin Community Resource Centre
Kondinin is a small Wheatbelt town, surrounded by a farming community, 280km’s south, south-east of Perth.
Many members of the community, don’t have access to the regular events, activities and learning experiences that those in larger towns or cities have, so the local Community Resource Centre coordinates a variety of activities to fill this gap and keep the community connected.
Toni Smeed is the Coordinator at Kondinin Community Resource Centre (CRC) and is supported by a team of three staff and a volunteer committee of nine members. The CRC provides IT requirements, secretarial services and training, workshops, and events, both for businesses and the community.
CRC’s are a major part of many regional communities. Although all our communities are different they all require the same type of services and we are the place that offers this to our communities.
The CRC works closely with the external groups as well as the local Shire and local schools, health services, aged-care, police and community and sporting groups, to ensure that all community needs are met.
“Looking after our community is a main focus for us. In all that we offer we aim to keep people connected.”
So far this year, the CRC has scheduled in or run 21 events, including Science in Virtual Reality, an online, learning experience for primary school-aged children and a Family Fun Day, which went ahead with the support of a $1,000 Kleenheat Community Grant.
“The Kleenheat Community Grant was used to run a Family Fun Day on the 11th April 2021. It was a great day for the families with a lot of entertainment for the children, and food and drinks for the adults.”
Hyden Progress Association
Hyden is a Wheatbelt town and farming community, 350km south east of Perth. Hyden is home to about 400 people and is well known for being home to the iconic Wave Rock, Hippo’s Yawn and Lake Magic.
Tracey Utley, volunteers with the Hyden Progress Association which will coordinate the Hyden 100 commemorative event to be held in October 2022. The main aim of the Progress Association is to both maintain and also grow the local rural community.
“Having grown up in Hyden, it’s really important to keep the community as large as we can with as many services in town as possible.”
The Hyden Progress Association (PA) involves one paid employee, but is otherwise made up of a group of community volunteers and five executive members. In addition, 10-15 volunteers, including Tracey, make up the Hyden 100 Sub-Committee.
Hyden’s Progress Association keeps the community connected, undertaking initiatives to increase business initiatives in Hyden and the surrounding areas, including promoting the area as a tourism and events destination.
In terms of funding, the Progress Association relies on the support of volunteer time, as well as a community crop, that generates income to assist in the ongoing maintenance and development of Hyden.
A community crop is a common way of creating an income for rural community groups, including sporting clubs in regional WA. A local owned or donated paddock is cropped and harvested each year, with the proceeds from the grain sales coming back to the community group of focus. Local businesses, volunteers and farmers cover the expense of cropping each year.
In 2021, The Progress Association received a $1,000 Kleenheat Community Grant for their100 event, which will contribute to the activities and entertainment associated with the Hyden100 event.
The Hyden 100 event is all about celebrating what Hyden is, what it has been and what it will be. With a variety of events planned, past and current residents being called back to celebrate and commemorative projects underway, the local community are looking forward to celebrating together with a full weekend of partying and events.
“It’s really important to keep regional areas connected, we have an unstable population, with smaller farms being sold to bigger farms. We’ve got to celebrate what we’ve got, bringing the community together.”
To follow along with the Hyden 100 event, find them on Instagram @hyden.100, or Facebook @HydenCentenary. To share, or request any information relating to the Hyden 100 event in October 2022, email email@example.com.
Valuing community support
Sponsorships and grants contribute to the ongoing efforts of the Kondinin Community Resource Centre and Hyden Progress Association and many other community groups across regional WA and the NT.
These grants are intended to reward the people who are proactive and encouraging of community involvement.
You can now register your interest in our next round of Kleenheat Community Grants which will commence in October 2021.
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