Applications open for City of Wanneroo community funding program

The Recreational Trailbike Riders Association received $3000 for its Friends of Pinjar project.
The Recreational Trailbike Riders Association received $3000 for its Friends of Pinjar project.

COMMUNITY groups, organisations and clubs can apply for funding support through the City of Wanneroo’s Community Funding Program until October 24.

The program offers an opportunity for groups based in the City, or with a primary interest in the City, to secure financial support for projects, activities and events which will take place next year.

Last year the Recreational Trailbike Riders Association (RTRA) received $3000 to go towards the Friends of Pinjar project.

The project aims to increase visitors to the Pinjar off-road vehicle area in Nowergup which includes pine plantation and open cleared scrubland and is managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

RTRA committee member Don Martin said the area was open to the public so anyone could visit any time and get involved with trailbike riding.

“The Pinjar motorcycle off-road riding area is the premier facility of its kind in WA, giving people somewhere safe and legal to go trail-biking,” he said.

“It draws visitors from all over the state, bringing tourism and economic benefits to the City of Wanneroo, so much so that the facility is being used as a model for other projects in WA.”

Mr Martin said the grant went towards marketing materials and a launch event for the Friends of Pinjar project.

“We have already seen an increase in visitors and we hope this will continue to grow,” he said.

Mayor Tracey Roberts and Deputy Mayor Natalie Sangalli attended the Friends of Pinjar launch event in May.

“It was wonderful to see so many members of the community at Pinjar enjoying the experience of responsible and well organised trail-riding in the City,” Mrs Roberts said.

“These types of projects and events really do contribute to the fantastic community spirit in the City.”

Applications close on October 24 – visit wanneroo.wa.gov.au/communityfunding for more information, or call 9405 5951.