New South-West Minister Norm Marlborough said today he was delighted to present funding grants to two well-known centres in Bunbury which were doing important work in attracting tourism and job opportunities.
Mr Marlborough presented the Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury with $25,000 in funding for the purchase of research equipment as part of its dolphin research strategy.
“I am delighted to be able to present this funding to the centre, as it is an important tourist attraction in Bunbury and is also doing vital work in looking after the health and welfare of our dolphins,” he said.
Three groups in Bunbury and Dardanup are amongst the first to receive a share of funding from the 2006 South West Regional Development Scheme.
“This scheme was established by the State Government to help kick-start important projects in the region,” the Minister said.
The Bunbury Flying School also received $21,000 from the development scheme to help establish aircraft maintenance facilities at the Bunbury Airport.
“The flying school is a great success story for Bunbury and is seeing its number of enrolments booming as well as creating jobs and opportunities for the city,” Mr Marlborough said.
Yesterday, the Minister presented a grant of $15,000 to the Shire of Dardanup to help develop a new and vibrant civic centre in rapidly growing Eaton.
“The population of Eaton is growing rapidly and the State Government recognises their need for better community facilities,” he said.
“I hope this funding will go some way towards helping facilitate this growth in what is an exciting and dynamic time for the community.
“These are just the first of 18 projects funded this year which will make a big difference throughout the South-West.
“All the projects are a reflection of the growth of the region and the imaginative ideas of people throughout the region.
“I would like to congratulate all the recipients and wish them the very best with these important projects.”
Since the State Government introduced the South West Regional Development Scheme in 2000, more than $2million has been made available in grants to the region.
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