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alcoa helps pinjarra fulfil goal of local acquatic centre
Great news for the community around the Peel region, near Alcoa’s Pinjarra Refinery in WA, with the start of building works for a new aquatic centre to get underway shortly.

The Shire of Murray and local residents have spent several years trying to attain government funding for the project, so the turning of the first sod (pictured right) this month was a momentous occasion. 

Even before government funding was committed, Alcoa of Australia contributed $1 million dollars towards the much needed and long-awaited aquatic centre.

The pool has been in discussion since the Murray Districts Recreation Centre was built in 1993. The aquatic centre was intended to be the second stage of the Recreation Centre’s development, but has not got off the ground for the past 17 years - until now.

The Centre is being built adjacent to the existing Murray Districts Recreation Centre and opposite the local Pinjarra Senior High School, which will benefit students who are current faced with a 30 minute drive to Waroona or Mandurah for swimming lessons and carnivals.

Acting Pinjarra Refinery Manager Simon Pascoe joined with Member for Murray, Murray Cowper, and Shire of Murray President, Noel Nancarrow, at the ‘turning of the first sod’ ceremony.

The $5.37 million centre will include an eight-lane 25m lap pool, as well as a leisure pool and a swirl pool.

Cr Nancarrow said the centre would be a tremendous boost to the region.

Acting Pinjarra Refinery Manager Simon Pascoe said: “This is something the local community has wanted for a long time, and here at Alcoa we are part of the local community so are very pleased to have been able to help out with our financial contribution.”

Other funding contributors are: the WA State Government with $2 million, Alinta Gas signing a $350,000 ten-year sponsorship deal with the Shire, while Westnet Energy will install all the necessary pipeworks and associated infrastructure leading to the micro-turbine including meters at no charge.  A number of people and groups have also been very generous with various sponsorships and donations over the past decade.

The Centre is expected to be completed by Christmas 2011.

2009 volunteer team of the year
A program, which the Alcoa Foundation helped to establish, was recognised at the end of last year at the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Timehelp Holroyd was named the 2009 NSW Volunteer Team of the Year at a ceremony at Parliament House in Sydney. 

Timehelp is Australia’s premier intergenerational volunteer program. In 2004, The Alcoa Foundation helped to set up the Timehelp program which connects retirees with young people in schools and delivers educational, well-being and community benefits through the mentoring of students. Timehelp Holroyd is the only Timehelp program in NSW, with 26 recruits volunteering across five local schools. Timehelp was established through a partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation. It also has branches in Geelong, Hobsons Bay and Moreland in Victoria. 

Timehelp forms part of Alcoa’s Connecting with Schools program, a comprehensive education package which includes: ‘discover alcoa’ curriculum material; a physical activity initiative run through a Bluearth partnership; an accident prevention program run with the Kids Foundation, and the Sculpture by the Sea Alcoa School Education Program.

“We get back so much more from our volunteering than we give – and working with the students makes us feel young again”, said Yvonne Tattersall, Holroyd Timehelp Coordinator.

John Costley Location Manager from Alcoa Australian Rolled Products in Yennora congratulated Timehelp for their outstanding work in the western Sydney community.

“It is testament to the generosity of the retiree community in this area that this program is so successful. Many of these local schools have large numbers of students from non-English speaking backgrounds and these volunteers provide invaluable support and care for the students as they learn to adapt to a new country and language and have to cope with a range of other challenges,” John said.

The Timehelp volunteers are all local residents who give between one and two days a week at local primary and high schools assisting teachers and staff. Duties vary, however at one local primary school Timehelp volunteers help to provide breakfast for the students. Many of the volunteers have seen their own children through these schools and now they are giving back to the schools they know so well.

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Shire of Murray President Noel Nancarrow, Pinjarra Refinery Manager Armando Torres and Shire of Murray CEO Dean Unsworth look at the pool plans at the Shire Council Offices



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Shire of Murray President Noel Nancarrow, Member for Murray-Wellington Murray Cowper & Acting Pinjarra Refinery Manager Simon Pascoe at the turning of the sod



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The team from Timehelp NSW with the NSW Minister for Volunteering Graham West after winning the NSW Volunteer Team of the Year - scroll down for full story



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