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wagerup sustainability fund: largest grant to date
The largest single grant to date has been made by the Wagerup Sustainability Fund’s Harvey account to support the Harvey Internment Camp heritage site – a significant site to the local community.

The Wagerup Sustainability Fund was established by Alcoa under trusteeship of the Western Australian Community Foundation to benefit the Shires of Harvey and Waroona. Each year Alcoa donates $0.165 cents for every tonne of production at the Wagerup Refinery - an investment equating to more than $400,000 each year.

Local community members came up with the idea for the Wagerup Sustainability Fund back in 2004, following forums which enabled community members to table ideas for their future.  The Fund is a unique model of social investment, with local community members working alongside the trustee to determine the Fund’s spend. Grants are made from the interest earned, so the corpus remains and grows which creates a sustainable financial model that supports the local community now and into the future.

More than $10,000 has been allocated to the Harvey Internment Camp heritage site which is located on WA’s South West Highway, slightly north of Harvey and not far from Alcoa’s Wagerup Refinery.

The Harvey Internment Camp heritage site was home to several hundred immigrants during World War II.  The site also has great significance to Harvey’s Italian community, with many of today’s current residents descendents of those who were forced to live there during the conflict.

“The funds will be used to install a ceiling in the building, enclose eaves and restore the historical material presented,” said Anne-Marie Gardiner, manager Harvey Visitor Centre.

“It’s a beautiful little spot for tourists to visit and we’re rapt to be able to get support for its upgrading.”

In addition, $5000 has also been granted to the Binningup Christian Camp School. A popular camp site for many school groups, these funds will go toward the cost of upgrading the facility’s hot water system so it can better cater for the hundreds of visitors every year.

makeover for anglesea playgroup
Alcoa Anglesea employees headed back to playgroup recently, when they joined forces with members of the Anglesea Playgroup to give their facility a makeover.

The volunteer effort was part of Alcoa’s ACTION (Alcoans Coming Together in Our Neighbourhoods) program which recognises the collective efforts of Alcoans in communities where they live and work.

We reward initiatives where Alcoa employees choose to volunteer their time working together on a special community project.  Each project not only receives around 40 hours of volunteer labour, but also a US$3000 grant to assist in sustaining their services into the future.

Treasurer of the Anglesea Playgroup, Katy Kennedy said: “Anglesea Playgroup is gaining momentum with lots of young families participating in the last two years in particular. Our facility was in need of assistance and, as a group, we struggled to find the time and the money to complete the work,” Ms Kennedy said.

“Alcoa not only supplied us with $3100, but also the arms and legs for the day to actually get the work done.

“Freshening up the facility lets our current families get more enjoyment out of the space and positions it well for the future.”

The makeover included: topping up sandpits; spreading tanbark; general gardening; painting tables; sanding down furniture; cleaning windows; replacing flywire; rehanging doors; rehanging sunshade; oiling the outdoor table; and putting together flat pack furniture.

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Anne-Marie Gardiner, Harvey Visitor Centre Manager, and Savannah Italiano, Harvey Visitor Centre Trainee at the Harvey Internment Camp

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Harvey Internment Camp

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