Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
A new community fund benefiting local Indigenous communities within Leonora and in the Wiluna/Agnew Corridor was launched today.

The Kapikarnpi Community Fund will be driven by local people passionate about the future of their communities, and will act as a catalyst for projects of importance.

Planning for two key community projects initiated as a result of the Kapikarnpi Community Fund is already underway, these being:

• The development of a Goldfields Football League team drawing players from Leonora, Laverton, Wiluna and Menzies, bringing people together, fostering a stronger community spirit as well as providing lifestyle opportunities for the youth of the region who are often lacking a means of entertainment and social interaction; and
• A new study into kidney dialysis needs within the Goldfields region in order to prioritise provision of dialysis equipment and services and engage government and healthcare support.

The Kapikarnpi Community Fund has been established under the trusteeship of the Western Australian Community Foundation, with BHP Billiton Nickel West as the founding donor.

Lieutenant General John Sanderson, AC, Chair of the Indigenous Implementation Board and Director of the Western Australian Community Foundation, officially launched the Kapikarnpi Fund today, acknowledging the significance of this initiative for the North East Goldfields community.

“The launch of the Kapikarnpi Fund is an important milestone for the local Indigenous community. It will provide significant opportunities for them being both central to identifying issues and being empowered to make contributions to their community’s future; enabling them to take control over their own destiny through the distribution of endowed funds,” he said.

“In the long-term the fund will provide opportunities to create healthy lifestyles and wellbeing; promote education and training; enable participation in employment and enhance cultural strength and citizenship among Indigenous Australians,” he said.

Commenting on the significance of the new fund Wayne Isaacs, President BHP Billiton Nickel West said, “Having operated within the region for a significant period, we at BHP Billiton Nickel West are proud to work with the WA Community Foundation in establishing a fund that will present a range of opportunities for Indigenous Australians within the region.”

L.G. John Sanderson added, “It is hoped that other potential donors and partners will recognise the merits of enabling such grass-roots decision making within the region and get onboard either investing in the fund or collaborating with the community, so that further opportunities can be maximised.”

The Kapikarnpi Community Fund was made possible by the donation of $500,000 by BHP Billiton Nickel West.

Kapikarnpi committee members are committed to creating a future for their communities and continue to engage with all prospective donors to ensure viability and sustainability of the fund.

Donations made to Kapikarnpi will help grow the endowed fund for local communities, investing in their wellbeing and sustainable development.

The launch of the Kapikarnpi Community Fund comes when the Western Australian Community Foundation has just approved $1.7 million of grants to local communities across regional and remote WA, who applied for financial support for grass-roots initiatives in their community.

Contact Profile

Georgia Ball

P: (08) 9388 0944
M: 0404 815 366
W: www.wacf.org.au/

Claire Paddison

P: (08) 9224 6040
M: 0401 530 621


Kapikarnpi Community Fund, Western Australian Community Fund



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