Byford, Armadale and Serpentine Jarrahdale organisations benefit from Neighbourhood Grants Program


Sophia Smalto from Cedar Woods with Tom Hoyer and Alana Rosenthal from the Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Centre.
Sophia Smalto from Cedar Woods with Tom Hoyer and Alana Rosenthal from the Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Centre.

WHETHER for technology, workshops or a new community sculpture, four local organisations have made good use of the Cedar Woods’ Neighbourhood Grants Program.

The Byford Progress Association, Armadale Community Family Centre, Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Centre and Serpentine Jarrahdale Cricket Club shared in $10,000 through the recent round of funding.

The money was put to a variety of uses, from the progress association erecting a sculpture of a 1920’s Byford State Brickworker, to the cricket club’s purchase of a laptop to help coaches and players.

The Byford Progress Association’s new sculpture.

Byford Progress Association’s Colleen Rankin said the funding was vital to helping them give a memorable piece of local history back to the community.

“Over the last 10 years we have been working with the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and Main Roads WA to transform the look and function of the South-Western Highway through Byford, with the installation of safety features, landscaping and sculptures,” she said.

“Sharing in $10,000 from the Neighbourhood Grants Program and $10,000 from the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale we have implemented a sculpture commemorating a 1920s Byford State Brickworks worker.

“We engaged international artist Len Zuks to create a sculpture commemorating how Byford State Brickworks produced over 250,000 bricks a week from 1915 to build the city of Perth.”

The family centre and community centre will use their share of the funding to run an eight-week early intervention program for children aged seven to 11 and a series of bimonthly business networking events respectively.

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