The Shire of East Pilbara provides leadership in community health and wellbeing matters, including the strategic development of communities, plans and strategies and the development and implementation of programs that lead to vibrant, healthy, involved and empowered communities.
Community Wellbeing Services maintains a large portfolio of responsibilities for and on behalf of the residents of the Shire of East Pilbara. These services include community assistance grants, the implementation and maintenance of the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2015-2019, community events, Art at the Heart artist in residence program, libraries and Youth Services.
Community Assistance Grants
In 2014/2015, the Shire of East Pilbara donated nearly $27,500 to a number of community groups to run a wide range of community activities in the East Pilbara.
This Shire Community Assistance Grants program also assists many East Pilbara community associations with in-kind support such as the waiver of fees for the use of Shire amenities such as ovals, pools and pavilions.
The Shire also provides in-kind and/or financial support to a wide range of community events held throughout the Shire. Past recipients of such support have included Fortescue Festival,Outback Fusion Festival, Marble Bar Races, ANZAC Day activities and the Bloody Slow Cup.
There is a dedicated section on our website which provides information on Community Assistance Grants
. eligibility criteria and grant application forms. We encourage anyone considering applying for a grant to visit this page for the latest information on grant application processes.
Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2015-2019
In May 2015 the Council adopted the Shire's new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) which was subsequently lodged with the Western Australian Disability Services Commission.
The Disability Action and Inclusion Plan outlines the Shire's strategies to provide equitable access to people of all abilities to all the Shire's buildings, events, functions and services.
To view the DAIP or find out more regarding the Disability Action and Inclusion Committee or to attend one of the Disability Action and Inclusion committee meetings as an interested member of the public please visit the Disability Action and Inclusion page of our website.
The Shire of East Pilbara is involved in organising many community events in Newman, Nullagine and Marble Bar throughout the year. Highlights of the community event calendar are outlined on the events page of our website
. Event information is also available on our Facebook page
There are also a number of larger Newman based community events,supported by BHP Billiton and hosted by the Shire of East Pilbara. Examples of this successful collaboration include the Outback Fusion Festival, the Twilight Movie Series and the Sunday Concert Series, each providing the community of Newman with an array of talented acts and family friendly entertainment, bringing a taste of city cultural life to our remote town.
Art at the Heart (Artist in Residence Program)
In December year two of the four year East Pilbara artist and residence program, Art at Heart kicked off. The Art at the Heart residency is a four year commitment by the Shire to celebrate and develop the arts and cultural landscape of the East Pilbara. With a commission budget of $40,000 and an artist prize of $15,000, the Art at the Heart residency is one of the richest of its kind in Australia.
In 2015 over 300 artists from throughout Australia and overseas responded to the call for expressions of interest from our program partner, Archipelago Arts. 32 artists formally lodged applications and after a demanding selection process, acclaimed Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi was selected as the residency prize winner. Yasuaki completed his residency in the latter half of 2015 and application are now being invited for the 2016 residency program.
To see more on this amazing residence program follow this link.
The Shire of East Pilbara supports 3 libraries. Located in Newman, Marble Bar and Nullagine
, the libraries have the ability to obtain resources from the State Library of Western Australia.
The Shire libraries have a collection of reference books, which you can read in the libraries, but cannot borrow. There are also books with large print, foreign language books, audio tapes and videotapes, which you may borrow. Newman and Marble Bar also offer a book exchange for the travelling public to take advantage of.
The Newman Youth Centre offers a great range of opportunities for young people to participate in community life, including regular arts and crafts activities, photography workshops, skate coaching clinics, excursions to Karijini National Park and Port Hedland and contributing to the planning of youth related events such as National Youth Week .
The Newman Youth Centre offers a drop in cafe style space, known as "That Place", for young people to interact with each other. "That Place" provides opportunities for a narrower age-specific group of young people to be involved in programs, activities and community events .The Newman Youth Centre is a fun and safe environment for young people to enjoy and make their own. "That Place" cafe also provides
a menu chosen by young people where they can purchase affordable snacks such as toasties, noodles, shakes, nachos and more.
During the past year Newman Youth Centre has facilitated skate boarding clinics where professional coaches from Perth work with local skaters to enhance skate, scooter and BMX skills, talents and safety in the East Pilbara .To add excitement, a number of in-house mini skate competitions were run on a weekly basis throughout the year and were so successful they are expected to occur again this year.
There exists a vast array of facilities for the young people to enjoy at Newman Youth Centre including;
PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 consoles, table tennis, pool table, computer internet access, cooking facilities, music equipment/instruments, media room, arts & craft facilities, in centre activities, sporting equipment, access to young people support information as well as providing large grassed areas to relax or play sporting games on.
The Scouting, Guide and Cub associations are also based at Newman Youth Centre.
In the past twelve months the Youth Centre has employed four young people who were all enrolled in Newman Senior High School. The Youth Engagement Officers work on a rotating weekly roster and actively engage with the Centre's clients along with assisting in the daily operations of the Centre.
The Newman Youth Centre also take an active part in the determination of National Youth Week events and encourage youth engagement in this process. National Youth Week Festival, held in April, has proven to be a huge success. Running over two sessions, the first catering to primary school children and later to high school children activities are age appropriate, and engaging. Last year activities included a three man slide, bucking bull, bungee run, free food and entertainment by a local DJ.
Marble Bar Recreation Shed is open for a range of youth friendly activities. Opening five days per week, the Rec. Shed, as it is fondly known, delivers activities which include self development, sport and recreation, healthy lifestyles, art and craft and a drop-in zone. Other activities include movie nights, table tennis competitions and WA Music Workshops .
In May 2015, a new purpose built skate park, situated next to the Recreation Shed was opened. Skate Clinics with instructors attending from Perth were held within days of the skate infrastructure arriving in Marble Bar.