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Synergy grants empower Collie community groups

The Synergy Collie Small Grants Program has awarded $30,000 in grants to eight not-for-profit groups at a ceremony in Collie last night (April 27).

Individual funding of up to $5000 went to community organisations that deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Collie community.

Executive General Manager Thermal Generation, Angie Young, said Synergy is proud to provide a much-needed boost to groups that help make Collie a great place to live, work and raise a family.

“The recipients of this year’s small grants program are prominent local sporting, family and youth organisations,” Ms Young said.

“They make an important contribution to Collie by providing social, healthcare and mental health benefits.”

The 2023 Collie Small Grants Program recipients are:

  • Collie Eagles Football Club – to upgrade the women’s changeroom, promoting inclusivity and attracting players to a rapidly expanding area of football.
  • Collie Child & Parent Centre – to provide training to become endorsed as Infant Mental Health workers, meeting increasingly high needs among children in the state.
  • Collie Volleyball Association – for a new net, poles and pole covers for the court to host the Coal Cup.HorsePower Collie – for the purchase of new carriage horse harnesses to be used for programs, such as the new wheelchair carriage program.
  • Collie Suicide Prevention Network – to provide printing to support information cards in Aboriginal flag colours, to support the Aboriginal community.
  • Collie BMX Club Inc. – for a new racing gate at the track for a safer facility.
  • Collie PCYC – to hold six school holiday activities over three school holiday periods.
  • Collie Lawn Tennis Club – to purchase updated equipment for a junior coaching program.

The Synergy Collie Small Grants Program has provided about $170,000 to local organisations in the past five years.

Funding distributed last year has already been put to good use, such as the Collie Retired Mineworkers Association commissioning artist Jacob ‘Shakey’ Butler to create a Memorial Wall Mural Project in Phoenix Park.

“Synergy has been part of the Collie community for more than 50 years and we recognise our role in supporting grass-roots organisations,” Ms Young said.

“The Collie grants initiative aligns with Synergy’s partnership pillars of innovation, accountability, trust and collaboration.

For more information, visit Synergy's Community Support page.