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WIA Board Accepts Recommendations For 2007 WIA Grants

Date : 08 / 09 / 2007
Author : Ken Fuller - VK4KF

The WIA Board has accepted all recommendations from the 2007 grants committee for the award of grants to a number of Clubs. A total of $5000 is allocated to 6 projects. Three other project proposals were not supported on this occasion.

The effort of clubs in submitting applications is acknowledged by the WIA Board and it is appreciated that there will be disappointment that not all applications could be satisfied. The procedure of assessment by a committee working independently of the Board or its officers is seen as the best way of ensuring a fair assessment.

The grant committee commented on the need to review the purpose and emphasis of the grant scheme in future years. The WIA Board has decided to seek the advice of WIA members on these matters and a notice requesting member comment will be issued shortly.

The Board thanks all applicants for the effort made in putting forward proposals for the 2007 round of grants

The project proposals reviewed by the grant committee and decisions made as result are as follows.

Projects recommended for grant assistance

TWIN CITY RADIO & ELECTRONICS CLUB (Inc)
(WIA Membership 30/49)
Project Description: Refurbishment of VK2RAY 6 metre repeater in the Albury-Wodonga area. $700 had already been spent with a total project cost of $2135. A grant of $700 was sought.
Decision: provide a grant of $700.

TWIN CITY RADIO & ELECTRONICS CLUB (Inc)
(WIA Membership 30/49)
Project Description: Purchase of a computer to replace one loaned by a member for training. A grant of $700 was sought.
Decision: provide a grant of $700.

SUNSHINE COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB Inc
(WIA Membership 44/99)
Project Description: Purchase of a commercial two metre diplexer to improve coverage of its
146.850 MHz repeater for emergency and general communications. A grant of $2,000 was sought with the club contributing the balance of between $1,750 and $2,000 to complete the project.
Decision Provide a grant of $1,000 when the Club notifies the WIA that it has raised the remaining funds required.

GOLD COAST AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY Inc
(WIA Membership 40/82)
Project Description: Purchase and installation of three repeaters, cavity filters for two sites and controller equipment and antennas. A grant of $4,000 was sought with the club contributing the balance of $10,000 to complete the project.
Decision Provide a grant of $700 when the Club notifies the WIA that it has raised the remaining funds required.

EASTERN & MOUNTAIN DISTRICT RADIO CLUB
(WIA Membership 151/223)
Project Description: A disaster and education preparedness kit, including a generator. A grant of $1,000 was sought to assist this with the club contributing $1,000 to the project.
Decision: Provide a grant of $1,000 available when the Club notifies the WIA that it has raised the remaining funds required.

SUNRAYSIA RADIO GROUP Inc
(WIA Membership 14/28)
Project Description: Re-establish the Ouyen repeater. A grant of $1,500 was sought to purchase antenna, coax and connectors and diplexer with the club contributing the remaining $3,843 to complete the project.
Decision: Provide a grant of $900 when the Club notifies the WIA that it has raised the remaining funds required.

Projects ranked below those projects recommended for grant assistance
REDCLIFFE & DISTRICTS RADIO CLUB Inc
(WIA Membership 34/63)
Project Description: Disabled Toilet and Wash Facility in the Club Building. The total cost of this project is $15,600-. The Redcliffe City Council is sponsoring half of this cost. $2,000- is sought to assist with the remaining costs for the project.

IPSWICH & DISTRICT RADIO CLUB
(WIA Membership 7/27)
Project Description: Replacement of the ageing and intermittently faulty 2 metre WICEN repeater VK4RWM. A grant of $2,180.75 was sought.

FISHERS GHOST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
(WIA Membership 6/12)
Project Description: Assistance is sought for extensions to the Amateur Radio Building at the Cataract Scout Park situated halfway between Appin and Wollongong. Nominal costs of the proposal were recognised as outside of the level of the Grants Scheme.



 

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