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Wildlife protection and sports groups receive CITIC Pacific Mining grant boost

Four Pilbara-based community initiatives focused on wildlife protection, cultural understanding, and promoting active lifestyles for local children have been given a boost.

CITIC Pacific Mining announced on March 31 the recipients of the latest round of its community support fund, which included a $5000 grant to Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association, a volunteer organisation supporting the ongoing care and rehabilitation of wildlife in the Cape Preston area.

Other initiatives receiving the CCSF grants include $2880 to the Northwest Multicultural Association for its community language program, $4000 to Karratha Kats Netball Club and $5000 to the Nickol Hawks Cricket Club’s community winter cricket program.

PWCA founding committee member Rose Best said the association appreciated the recognition from CITIC.

“It will help us keep our doors open, to help to keep wildlife in the Pilbara safe and buy supplies,” she said.

The association’s Caring for Cape Preston program has helped rehabilitate native animals found at the Sino Iron operation.

Ms Best said the program had been running for several years.

“We provide their service to all the mining companies and we have a very good relationship with CITIC so they’re able to call us if they have any queries or want to know anything regarding fauna and they’ll bring the animals into us for care,” she said.

Two CCSF application rounds are held each year with up to $5000 available per application.

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