Members of the Wellington Amateur Theatrical Society (WATS) have received a $1800 grant under the 2019-2020 Australian Government Volunteer Grants Program.
The funding was awarded for the purchase of a laptop and software to provide an in-house ticketing system for musical productions, along with the purchase of an electric piano.
President of society Shirley Drysdale was very appreciative of the funding to assist WATS with its core activities.
"An electric piano will certainly assist us when we make the transition from the early stages of rehearsals at the WATS premises on Warne Street, to final rehearsals at the Civic Theatre when we get closer to opening night," Ms Drysdale said.
"We're very grateful for the funding from the Australian Government and to Mr Gee for his ongoing support of WATS."
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Calare MP and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education Andrew Gee congratulated the members of WATS for receiving the funding when he visited Wellington on Wednesday.
"WATS is an integral community organisation for the people of Wellington, running for over 100 years," Mr Gee said.
"WATS musical productions provide great enjoyment for locals and are another great attraction to the area for those in neighbouring communities.
Mr Gee said the purchase of an electric piano is fantastic use of the grant funding as it's simply not practical having to transport the actual piano from rehearsals to the Wellington Civic Theatre when it's show time.
"I recall the members have had to wheel the piano down the street on occasion, so it's high time that they receive a helping hand to bring WATS into the 21st Century," Mr Gee said.
The Australian Government's Volunteer Grants Program aims to support the efforts of Australia's volunteers as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering.
The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers.