A strategy to grow the population, expand current industries and attract new investment underpin the vision of the Gascoyne Regional Investment Blueprint, unveiled today by Regional Development Minister Terry Redman at the CEDA Future of the Gascoyne forum in Carnarvon.
Mr Redman said the blueprint identified potential growth areas that would deliver significant benefits to the region and State.
"The blueprint establishes the evidence, framework and strategies for the Gascoyne to grow through informed investment decisions and to contribute more in a national and global environment," the Minister said.
"Following extensive consultation regional priorities were established, including boosting agriculture, tourism and developing small businesses, to help create jobs and drive economic growth.
"Projects highlighted in the blueprint are aimed at helping to facilitate economic development and place the region in a strong position to seize opportunities for long term, sustainable growth.
"The Gascoyne Development Commission is already working closely with all levels of government, business and community to develop a number of high priority projects that will be well researched and investment ready."
Each of the nine Regional Development Commissions across Western Australia have been tasked with putting together a Regional Investment Blueprint based on their development aspirations and forecasted population growth.
Implementation of the nine Regional Investment Blueprints will be supported by a $362 million investment through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
For more information about the Gascoyne Regional Investment Blueprint, or to download a copy, visit http://www.gdc.wa.gov.au
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