TIM HAMMOND MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CONSUMER AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR RESOURCES
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR PERTH
Federal Member for Perth Tim Hammond MP today welcomed Australia Post’s announcement of a local community grant winner in their ‘Our Neighbourhood’ community grant program for 2016.
Dismantle Inc. in West Leederville was successful with their application for $10,000 towards ‘CoG Bike Mechanics’ as part of their flagship Bike Rescue initiative.
Bike Rescue helps to build mentor support for young people by sharing an intense passion for bike mechanics, and using it as a vehicle to transition youth to education and employment pathways.
Dismantle Inc. CEO Pat Ryan was excited at the prospect of being able to further the social aims of the organisation: “We're a small team that's been growing steadily over the last 5 years since our inception in 2011. Basically, we're a charity that uses bicycle mechanic activities as an outreach, engagement and intervention tool to benefit at-risk youth. Our work is always delivered in partnership with other organisations in the youth and community development sectors, where we add value to their existing programs and services.
“Through Bike Rescue, we've developed partnerships to reach 200-250 young people each year across Perth metro and regional WA.
“The next step for Bike Rescue is a social franchise model where we're providing our partners with the skills and tools to provide our program in-house. A great example of this is the most recent training we provided to City of Karratha's Youth Shed,” Mr Ryan said.
Mr Hammond said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for a great community organisation to expand further into the social space, and continue their great work improving the lives of young people in Perth and around WA.
“I hope this will encourage other not-for-profit groups to apply for community grants, and further enrich the positive social atmosphere of Perth,” Mr Hammond said.
The ‘Our Neighbourhood’ Community Grants Program was established by Australia Post in 2013 to recognise and reward community organisations that are bringing people together and helping local communities thrive.
Dismantle Inc. is a not-for-profit start-up organisation formed in 2011 that uses bikes as a tool to connect with and provide mentor support for young people.