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NAIDOC celebrations kicking off for 2017
The 2017 Kullarri NAIDOC Festival gets underway Friday, 23 June, ahead of 10 days of events recognising the region’s diverse Indigenous cultural heritage. Local Indigenous organisations, businesses and communities throughout the Kullarri region will stage events with the public invited to join the festivities.
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Popular new facility for caravans
An unsung new facility is helping make Broome a more attractive destination for tourists with caravans and motorhomes. A new public dump point has been installed behind the Broome Visitor Centre so that caravanners, motorhome and RV drivers can deposit their waste hygienically.
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Shire of Broome 2017/18 budget and rates notices
Are you a Shire of Broome ratepayer? We’re currently finalising our 2017/18 budget and expect to issue rates notices on 19 July, with a due date for payment of 23 August 2017.
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Chinatown Revitalisation Headquarters opens
The Chinatown Revitalisation Headquarters (HQ) is now open for the public to interact with the project, seek information and discuss plans with project representatives. Broome Shire President, Ron Johnston, said the HQ was located on the corner of Short and Carnarvon St and would also be used as a demonstration and display area for local artisans and businesses wishing to showcase their products and services in a dynamic space.
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Job seekers gaining valuable skills
Improvements around Cable Beach are the latest achievements for job seekers getting valuable work experience and improving the town thanks to a partnership between the Shire of Broome, Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation and Kimberley Employment Services. New retaining walls and garden beds along the surf club access ramp, and benches and tables on the lawn area have now been completed.
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Beach Books and Storytime to celebrate Library Week
Library and Information Week gets underway on Monday, and Broome Public Library is celebrating with several fun events. Library and Information Week runs from May 22 to 26, and will include National Simultaneous Storytime and the launch of Broome Beach Books for 2017.
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Funding now available for initiatives to revitalise Chinatown
A new grants scheme will make available more than $400,000 in funding for business and community initiatives that will boost Broome’s Chinatown in the latest stage of the Chinatown Revitalisation Project. The first round of funding is now open with $207,500 available for projects which aim to activate and enhance Chinatown’s public and private spaces. A further $202,500 will be available in a second round to open in 2018, bringing the total grant funding pool to $410,000.
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Laneway closures improving community safety
A series of laneways around the town have now been closed to improve community safety in response to requests from residents and following consultation. An audit of about 50 laneways around Broome examined factors including their importance to pedestrians and any evidence of crime or antisocial behaviour, before community feedback was sought.
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Broome’s biggest fun run back for seventh year
It’s time to start training, with the BRAC 2 Beach Fun Run happening again in July 2017. Broome’s biggest annual fun run is on Sunday 30 July and offers a choice of 4km or 8km courses to suit all fitness levels, with registration now open.
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Funding boost for Broome community groups
Twenty community groups and events will share more than $74,000 in funding support this year after the latest round of the Shire of Broome Community Sponsorship Program and EDL West Kimberley Community Donations. Broome Shire President, Ron Johnston, said Broome’s community groups and organisations played an important role in the life of the town, and the Shire was pleased to be able to partner with them and to support their work.
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