Norm Marlborough

Norm Marlborough

Former Minister for Small Business; Peel and the South West; Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training

    Peel priorities get funding

    25/05/2006 1:08 PM

    Minister for Peel Norm Marlborough visited the Shires of Serpentine-Jarrahdale and Murray today to review community priorities for the areas and acknowledge the recipients of the latest round of regional Development Scheme Funding.

    “I am delighted to be able to announce that of the 44 regional priorities established in late 2005, 26 have already been funded or committed,” Mr Marlborough said.

    The Minister outlined that more than $120million of State Government funds have been provided to priority areas including:
    • the continuous build of the new Perth-Bunbury Highway;
    • development of industrial land in Pinjarra;
    • Pinjarra Health Centre;
    • Forest Heritage Centre; and
    • expansion of training places at Challenger TAFE.
    “The 2006-07 Budget announcements specifically relating to these areas are proof that Alan Carpenter is interested in the future of the region,” Mr Marlborough said.

    “He is not just thinking about today, but about the long-term future of all Western Australians.”

    Budget announcements specific to the Shire of Murray include:
    • $1.6million to start work on a new $3.7million Murray District Health Centre to include accommodation for GP services, specialist consulting rooms, aged care, mental and Aboriginal health services;
    • provision of $4.7million for the Forest Heritage Centre;
    • $70million for the next stage of the new Perth-Bunbury highway;
    • an additional $1.9million to complete improvements to Pinjarra Senior High School; and
    • $181,000 for the Peel region tourist rail service, including construction of the Pinjarra station.
    “This year’s State Budget has also provided for a child sexual abuse counselling service in Peel which has been a regional priority,” the Minister said.

    “I know many people have worked hard to advocate the strong need for this service.”

    “I am also delighted to be given the opportunity to acknowledge the recipients of the 2005-06 Regional Development Scheme Funds (RDS) as one part of the State Government’s $80million Regional Investment Fund.”

    Three projects were successful in Murray this year:
    • $7,500 for a Development and Management Plan for Pinjarra’s Glebe land, which is an important element of the Peel Regional Park;
    • $25,000 for curriculum review and business modelling for the Australian School of Fine Wood at the Forest Heritage Centre; and
    • $25,000 for a Peel region heritage advisory service.
    In Serpentine-Jarrahdale, RDS funding was awarded to two projects:
    • $6,000 toward the upgrade of training facilities at the Mundijong Thoroughbred and Standardbred Trainer’s Association track; and
    • $7,000 towards Landcare Serpentine Jarrahdale’s project, Communicating Natural Resources Management.
    The State Government has also provided $200,000 to the National Trust WA to help refurbish the Pinjarra Court House.

    “The building will be a terrific community asset well into the future,” Mr Marlborough said.

    In addition, $50,000 was provided to Harvest Highway, to help with promoting the attractions and fresh produce along the South West Highway from Armadale to Walpole.

    “It is always rewarding to see the results of the partnership between the State Government and community groups,” the Minister said.

    “The Shires of Serpentine-Jarrahdale and Murray have a terrific future and I am delighted to be able to celebrate some of the results of the Carpenter Government’s commitments to this region.”

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