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CELEBRATING COMMUNITY: Nine community grants were awarded by Bell Bay Aluminium on Monday. Picture: robburnettimages
CELEBRATING COMMUNITY: Nine community grants were awarded by Bell Bay Aluminium on Monday. Picture: robburnettimages

Bell Bay Aluminium awarded $17,000 worth of grants to nine community groups and three non-for-profit organisations from across the state on Monday. 

The grants were awarded to beyondblue, City Mission,The Heart Foundation, Taroona Volunteer Fire Brigade, Self Help Workshop, Orange Sky Australia, St John Ambulance Australia Tasmania, Riverside Primary School, Cancer Council of Tasmania, Exeter On Line Access Centre, Trevallyn Primary School and the Exeter Mini League.

The nine community grants are a part of the smelting giant’s annual community grants and assistance program.

Additionally, Bell Bay Aluminium raised money for beyondblue City Mission and The Heart Foundation by selling keep cups at its cafeteria.

If you don't have places like our place [giving grants] who is going to do it?

Bell Bay Aluminium learning and development officer Mark Williams

All of the successful groups were awarded between $600 and $2000 each, and will use the funds to “purchase much needed equipment or deliver specific support programs,” according to a Bell Bay Aluminium spokeswoman.

Bell Bay Aluminium learning and development officer, and a member of the grant selection committee, Mark Williams said the company’s program was “good news stuff”. 

“The grants are a win-win and it's hard to get that in society now,” he said.

“If you don't have places like our place [giving grants] who is going to do it?

“Even when times are tough [Bell Bay Aluminium] still try to stretch out and help the community.”

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Orange Sky Australia’s funding, for example, will go toward providing 333 loads of washing for homeless men, women and children in Hobart. 

St John Ambulance Tasmania will use its $2000 worth of funding to run two first aid sessions at the George Town Community Hub.

Launceston and Devonport St John manager Darren Cooper said one session will centre around children’s first aid, while the second session will focus on general first aid practices and how to care for the elderly. 

“It’s amazing how many people don’t know the very basics of first aid,” Mr Cooper said.

“A lot of people also care for the elderly, but not many know how to provide basic care and first aid for them.

“These programs are a good chance to provide those skills.”

A $1000 grant was also awarded to the Taroona Volunteer Fire Brigade to install a new fire hose roller.

“We’ve been rolling hoses by hand, so it’s something that will be a completely new thing for us,” Taroona volunteer firefighter Jordan Carter said.

“The new hose will save us time and cut down on the time frame it takes to get the truck ready.

“In training we’ll be able to increase our productivity and it’ll save us a lot of time.”