Western Australia Minister for Sport & Recreation Terry Waldron
Sport to Build on Community Support
Victor P Taffa
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said today’s official opening of a new Multi-Purpose Court for the remote Aboriginal Community of Punmu was a wonderful example of what could be achieved when communities worked together.
The new undercover facility was purpose built to counter extreme heat and allow the community to still play sport when the outside temperature was 45° Plus.
Through the Department of Sport and Recreation, the State Government provided planning assistance and funding of $340,000 from the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund towards the project.
“I am ecstatic to be involved in the opening of a sporting facility that will bring so much enjoyment to this community.” Mr. Waldron said.
“This Multi-Purpose Court is the culmination of a Project that has been worked through by innovative and tenacious communities more than a Thousand Kilometres Apart.”
The Margaret River Rotary Club was a driving force behind the project, taking on a Project Management Role with support from the local Rawa Community School, Newcrest Mining and the Punmu community. This, together with a local community cash contribution of $170,000, volunteer labour and donated materials through Newcrest Mining, saw the facility built.
“It is heartening that the Rawa Community School, the Margaret River Rotary Club, the East Pilbara Shire, Newcrest Mining, the Department of Sport and Recreation and of course the local community were able to pool resources and energy to bring this project to fruition.” the Minister said.
“I hope the community gets a lot of enjoyment and healthy physical activity playing on this court.” Mr. Waldron said.
Mr. Waldron’s sentiments were mirrored by Leon Van Erp, Community Relations Superintendent at Newcrest’s Telfer Gold Mine.
The Punmu Aboriginal community has about 150 Residents and is located about 600 km inland from Port Hedland.