Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Kimberley blueprint sets strategy for diverse economy

    20/05/2016 12:00 PM
     
    • Kimberley Regional Investment Blueprint launched
    • Supports investment in infrastructure, services and industry

    A strategy designed to guide the growth and development of the Kimberley region was officially launched today by Regional Development Minister Terry Redman.

     

    Mr Redman said the Kimberley Regional Investment Blueprint identified regional priorities that would help guide the focus, effort and investment toward the region's 2050 vision.

     

    "The 2050 vision for the Kimberley region is for fantastic lifestyle opportunities and a prosperous, diverse economy built upon the skills, natural resources and rich cultural heritage of the region," he said.

     

    "The Kimberley Development Commission will be at the forefront of a collaborative effort between all levels of government, business and the community to make this vision a reality.

     

    "Priorities and strategies highlighted in the blueprint aim to help facilitate economic development and place the region in a strong position to seize opportunities for long term sustainable growth.

     

    "This blueprint is a plan for the region, by the region. This level of ownership is critical to driving better outcomes for the Kimberley region and for Western Australia."

     

    The Kimberley Blueprint has six transformational priorities:  regional leadership and development readiness; enhancing the capability of the services sector; Aboriginal advancement; industry and resources development; developing the Kimberley's regional centres; and providing new infrastructure to drive the Kimberley's growth.

     

    Each of the State's nine regional development commissions have been tasked with putting together a Regional Investment Blueprint based on their development aspirations and forecasted population growth.

     

    The Regional Investment Blueprint initiative is supported by a $642 million investment through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.

     

    Fact File

    • The Kimberley Regional Investment Blueprint is available at http://www.kdc.wa.gov.au/kimberley-regional-investment-blueprint/
    • Royalties for Regions underpins the State Government's long-term commitment to developing WA's regional areas into strong and vibrant regional communities that are desirable places to live, work and invest
    • Since 2008, Royalties for Regions has invested $6.9 billion in more than 3,700 regional projects and programs

    Minister's office - 6552 6700