Alcoa Waroona Sustainability Fund



Community groups and organisations in the Shire of Waroona are invited to submit applications for grants from the Alcoa Waroona Sustainability Fund.

The Sustainability Fund purpose is to fund facilities and projects with enduring value for the communities surrounding the Wagerup refinery. Funds will be allocated to community organisations, initiatives, processes and activities that contribute to the local government region known as the Shire of Waroona.

The closing date for applications is Friday 31st May 2019.

To be eligible you must be an incorporated community group and/or organisation who is domiciled and provides services predominately within the Shire of Waroona including, but not limited to, Waroona, Lake Clifton, Preston Beach, Nanga Brook, Wagerup and Hamel.

Applications can be for a broad range of community development projects both large and small that make a positive contribution to the economic, social, recreational or environmentally sustainability of the communities within the Shire of Waroona.

Projects that attract matched or partial funding from other sources and promote the concept of co-location (where appropriate) will be encouraged.

Grant application guidelines and application forms are available at the Shire Office or can be downloaded here:



Submissions on future projects

The current management committee of the Alcoa Waroona Sustainability Fund (AWSF) consists of members from - the Shire: Cr Mike Walmsley and Cr Naomi Purcell, Alcoa: Mrs Beth Butler and Mr Tom Busher, and the community: Mr Mike Leroy and Mr Ted Russell.

The current AWSF totals $1,761,294. A corner stone of the AWSF is to achieve long-term sustainable outcomes for the region surrounding the Wagerup Refinery with a focus on the towns between, and including, Waroona, Lake Clifton, Preston Beach, Nanga Brook, Wagerup and Hamel.

As part of the function of the committee it aims to identify important activities or projects that are being considered by local groups and organisation in the above areas.

In May 2018 local groups and organisations were invited to make a submission to the AWSF Committee outlining their potential projects or programs over the next 5 years which forms a basis for the Committee to understand the needs of the community and consider future funding rounds from the AWSF. 

Projects may be infrastructure based (eg new buildings or extensions, plant and equipment) or program based (eg ongoing commitment to deliver a specific service to a target group).

Submissions were categorised into:

a) projects in the $5,000- $100,000 range, and;
b) projects larger than $100,000.

A total of 26 submissions were received.  The AWSF Advisory Committee has recommended to Council that a 3rd Grant funding round open in March 2019 and close in May 2019.


The Shire of Waroona resolved at its Ordinary Council meeting in June 2017 as follows:

That the Council approves the total grant funds available for dispersal in the 2017 grant round be increased from $200,000 to $297,331.50, and approves the following funding applications :

Waroona Bowling & Social Club Inc $10,387
Quambie Park Waroona Inc (Generator)  $50,000
Preston Beach Progress Association
(For unspecified works on expanding current hall)
Waroona Community Men’s Shed $50,000
Waroona Visitor Centre $22,000
Waroona Community Lights      $21,687
Waroona Senior Citizens Welfare Committee $18,257.50
Waroona West Volunteer Fire Brigade $25,000

And that the Alcoa Waroona Sustainability Fund Advisory committee recommends to Council that the following applications not be approved:

Quambie Park Waroona Inc (Social Inclusion Centre)   $50,000
Waroona Agricultural Society Inc                                    $2,650
Waroona Vintage Machinery Inc                                     $10,000

And that, in lieu of increasing the current round of funding, that the next funding round be held in 2019.

Local Groups Benefit from Wagerup Sustainability Fund Payments

Several local groups are in the process of being notified that they are the successful recipients of $339,840 in grants from the Wagerup Sustainability Fund, a fund contributed to by Alcoa Australia and held by Perpetual. The local Alcoa Waroona Sustainability Fund Advisory Committee called for applications for funding and the following grants have been approved –

Waroona Lions Club $15840 towards the purchase of a mobile cool room; Preston Beach Volunteer Bushfire Brigade $20,000 towards CCTV for their new fire station; Quambie Park Waroona Inc $90,000 towards the refurbishment of 4 resident bedrooms and bathrooms; Waroona Men’s Shed Inc $90,000 towards the construction of a purpose built men’s shed and Waroona Health & Community Centre $124,000 towards an extension of the centre.

In 2014 the Advisory Committee distributed $325,000 in grants to local organisations.


In October 2013 the Alcoa Waroona Sustainability Fund Committee was formed to oversee the Alcoa Waroona Sustainability Fund (AWSF) and the Wagerup Sustainability Fund (WSF). The AWSF has a current balance of $881,000 and the WSF had a balance of $639,000 before grants were awarded.

In early 2014 the Committee announced the first grant funding round from the Wagerup Sustainability Fund. Prior to funds being allocated approval was required from The Trust Company, the company who administer the tax requirements of the fund.

I am pleased to advise that the following grants have met with final approval and have been funded –

  • $4,160 to the Girl Guides Waroona for training and minor building improvements.
  • $13,900 to the Lake Clifton Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade for earthworks required for a new shed to house their fire truck.
  • $6,600 to the Waroona Community Resource Centre to undertake a feasibility study for proposed extensions to the current centre.
  • $15,000 to the Waroona Anglican Opportunity Shop for shop fittings for their new shop in Fouracre St.
  • $5,830 to the Waroona Men’s Shed to assist with their planning of a shed for Waroona.
  • $79,417 to Waroona Lions Club for extensions to the John Marchetti Shed and storage shed at the showgrounds.
  • $200,000 over 2 years, to Quambie Park Waroona to assist with the upgrading of residents rooms.

Ian Curley
AWSF Committee