A handful of Lower South West community groups will receive a share of $40,000 thanks to a Forest Products Commission program. The FPC has awarded grants to 21 groups through its Community Support Program, with the majority of successful applicants coming from the South West. Grants ranging from $1000 to $2000 will be used by the groups for a number of community-based projects such as landscaping for the Pemberton co-location hub, the Pemberton Heritage and History Group’s restoration of historical wooden bench seats in Pemberton, an infrastructure upgrade of the Nannup RSL Hall and improved sound equipment for the Nannup Community Cinema. Forestry Minister Dave Kelly, pictured, said the State Government was committed to supporting a “strong timber industry” which benefits regional communities. “These grants ensure that local communities continue to experience the benefits of the forestry industry,” he said. “The FPC’s Community Support Program has injected $130,000 into 71 community groups in regional Western Australia since it began in 2018.” South West MLC Jackie Jarvis it was “fantastic” to see the timber industry give back to the South West. “The 21 organisations, which share in the $40,000 worth of grants, are all worthy recipients with a broad range of projects planned to enhance their local area,” she said. “From planting native vegetation to nature excursions to upgrading infrastructure, the projects will contribute greatly to their communities by encouraging outdoor activity, fostering connection and educating others about forestry and the environment.” Other successful Lower South West groups include the Pemberton Mill Hall Restoration Committee, Nannup Men’s Shed, Walpole Nornalup Visitor Centre and the Warren Equestrian Centre.