08 Jul 2011
Lotterywest provided a record $114.2million in direct grants to 1,082 community and charitable organisations in 2010-11.
A further $126.1million was given to statutory recipients in health, sports and arts sectors.
Premier Colin Barnett said the State Government through Lotterywest had supported the Western Australian community with $240.3million during a year of economic challenges.
“Lotterywest is the only lottery in Australia with a direct grants program which supports thousands of not-for profit organisations and these grants make a profound difference to the lives of all West Australians,” Mr Barnett said.
“Their 500-strong retail network plays a critical role on the front line in selling Lotterywest games and helping to raise the funds which benefit our State’s community.”
Grants ranged from $1,000 for equipment to small local groups to $7million to the City of Bayswater for a multipurpose community centre in Maylands, offering a multifunction sports hall, new library, gymnasium, infant health clinic and outdoor performance area.
It enabled the City of Bayswater to reallocate funding to purchase the Senses Building, the WA Ballet Company’s new home.
“I have had the chance to see first hand some of the impressive work by local community groups supported by Lotterywest grants in this past year,” Mr Barnett said.
“In a moving ceremony in May, I had the pleasure of officially opening the ‘Place of Reflection’ a new garden at Kings Park for peace, healing and reflection.
“Last week, I presented a $3million grant to the nation’s first purpose-built Foyer, the ‘Oxford Foyer’ in Leederville. The facility will help disadvantaged young people to get back on their feet, obtain qualifications, find a job and a permanent home.”
From every dollar West Australians spend on their favourite Lotterywest games each week, 33 cents is returned to benefit the community. Many local players also had the thrill of winning the big prize, with 76 State players winning Division One prizes of more than $86million.