John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Goldfields-Esperance grants announced

    20/12/2006 10:24 AM

    The Goldfields-Esperance Regional Development Scheme (GERDS) will fund 13 projects in 2006-07 to improve the social and economic development of the region.

    Goldfields-Esperance Minister John Bowler congratulated the successful recipients, who were chosen from a highly competitive field of applicants.

    “The range of projects selected for funding demonstrates the diversity of the Goldfields-Esperance Region and will help to improve the region’s appeal as a place to live and work in and visit,” Mr Bowler said.

    The successful projects were:
    • Royal Flying Doctor Eastern Goldfields - Visitor Centre display upgrade - $73,500
    • Shire of Leonora - Golden Gift Athletic Carnival - $71,500
    • Ravensthorpe Community Child Care Inc - facility development - $55,000
    • Shire of Esperance - Gateway Entry Statements - $44,000
    • Shire of Menzies - Lady Shenton information centre/library - $37,400
    • Shire of Menzies - Lake Ballard Management Plan - $33,000
    • Kalgoorlie-Boulder Cemetery Board - Boulder Cemetery Niche Wall Memorial and Goldfields Crematorium upgrade - $32,959.
    • Marine Information and Research Group Australia - Experience Esperance and Southern Seasons - $30,030
    • Shire of Coolgardie - economic development and project officer - $24,472
    • Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku - Ngaanyatjarra Heritage Park - $19,910
    • Ravensthorpe Hopetoun Area Promotions - Fitzgerald Coast Destination Exposure - $18,491
    • Festival of the Wind - Inaugural Esperance Bay Dragon Boat Regatta - $7,502
    • Esperance Pony Club - Planning for Esperance Equestrian Centre - $5,170
    “Events and community infrastructure in the region not only attract visitors and boost the economy, but they also add to the uniqueness that is the Goldfields-Esperance region,” the Minister said.

    “The ability of a community to build a sense of place and promote what makes it special can be a major factor towards the success of a regional town.”

    The scheme was administered by the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission, and they would call for applications to the 2007-2008 scheme in mid-to-late 2007.

    Applicants considering applying for funding for the next round are encouraged to contact the commission to discuss their project.

    Minister's office - 9222 9699