28 August 2015

Anglesea community groups share in Alcoa grants

Alcoa yesterday announced $225,000 in grants to its long term community partners in Anglesea to help them transition to a future without Alcoa.

Outgoing President Alcoa Refining and Managing Director, Alcoa of Australia, Mr Alan Cransberg, announced the grants to 14 local Anglesea organisations at a function held to thank community partners for their support and partnership.

Mr Cransberg said the grants will help underline Alcoa’s proud 46 year history in Anglesea. “We have created some tremendous partnerships in the Anglesea community over nearly 50 years and we are very proud that our community partners have enabled us to live out our values in the community,” Mr Cransberg said.

“Looking back across the years we are delighted with the contribution our employees and the company has made to this community, proud of all the great community initiatives that have come about through collaboration and partnership, and grateful for all the support we have received in return.

“Now is a time of transition, a time to celebrate what we achieved together, and a time to look to the future. We hope that for some this will help make the transition to a future without Alcoa that little bit easier.”

Alcoa grants were awarded for the following projects.

Anglesea Primary School, US$50,000 (~A$70,000)
This grant will fund the ‘Alcoa STEM to the Future’ initiative. The overall goal is to improve individual student achievement in Science, Math and Technology by at least 5% annually over three years. This will help students develop a lifelong interest in science, technology, engineering and maths and gain skills so they are more inclined to pursue careers in these fields. The grant will enable the introduction of innovative learning programs, teachers' professional development and the purchase of STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Maths) related equipment and resources at the school.
Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club, $40,000
This grant will fund the purchase of a replacement 4 x 4 patrol vehicle. The new vehicle will allow the Anglesea SLSC to reliably and safely continue its beach patrol activities over the summer months when some 100,000 beach goers and holiday makers descend on Anglesea's beaches. The Club members are on call 24/7 to respond and assist with emergency rescues or incidents along the Anglesea and surrounding coast.
Anglesea Fire Brigade, $25,000
This grant will fund a Thermal Imaging Camera which will enhance the operational response by the brigade. It will enable fire fighters to pinpoint fire activity and/or sources of heat in structure fires such as homes and buildings, bushfires, and car fires, while also have the ability to locate missing persons in hard to access areas like scrubby bushland that is impossible to see through at night time. The camera will be available for use into neighbouring brigade response areas, thus becoming a valuable resource not only to Anglesea but the greater Coastal group catchment area.
Anglesea Football and Netball Clubs, $30,000
Alcoa will be continue as the ground naming rights sponsor for the next two seasons with a grant of $20,000 and a further grant of $10,000 to support the Netball Clubs programs and activities. The funding will ensure the club can maintain the excellent standard of football and netball clubrooms, gymnasium and social facilities developed over previous years, and meet the requirements of affiliating the five junior football and seven junior netball teams over the next two seasons.
ANGAIR, $20,000
The grant will fund the building of a new shed and greenhouse for propagation activities, along with the development of display boards for the annual Wildflower Show and other community events that highlight the importance of the Anglesea Heath and Alcoa and other stakeholders’ contributions to the conservation and protection of the Heath.
Anglesea Bowling Club, $15,000
The grant will enable the club to install safe and secure fencing around its perimeter, as well as continuing to promote and present a high standard lawn bowls competition, the Anglesea 4’s, for the next three seasons.
In addition, the following organisations will share in a total of $25,000 in grants from Alcoa of Australia: Anglesea & District Men’s Shed, Anglesea Lions Club, The Lodge of the Great Ocean Road, Anglesea & Aireys Inlet Foodlink, Anglesea & District Historical Society, Eumeralla Scout Camp and Anglesea Performing Arts.
About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the US, with assets of approximately $470million. Founded 62 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $590 million. Each year the Alcoa Foundation contributes more than $25 million to non-profit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow's leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. For more information, visit www.alcoafoundation.com.
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