Jon Ford

Jon Ford

Minister for Employment Protection; Regional Development; Fisheries; the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne

    $1,275,000 in grants to assist sustainable development in Regional WA

    16/04/2007 1:15 PM

    Regional commercial, industrial and community projects received a boost today as Regional Development Minister Jon Ford announced 15 grants, totalling $1,274,734, under the Regional Headworks Program (RHP).

    Mr Ford said the grants between $5,000 and $200,000 were offered to offset costs of providing essential services such as electricity, water, telecommunications, gas, drainage and sewerage (headworks) to organisations undertaking commercial or industrial projects in regional areas.

    “This funding includes grants to Lactanz, Bindoon Enterprises and Lake Jasper Certified Seed Potatoes that will help support the State’s dairy production and assist in expanding horticultural enterprises, targeting both the domestic and export markets,” the Minister said.

    “The development of sporting and community facilities in Mandurah and Geraldton will help meet the burgeoning recreational demands of these fast growing communities.

    “Efficient processing of waste will ensure the Margaret River area has the ability to meet the environmental needs created by ever increasing tourist numbers in the region.”

    The projects include:

    Lactanz Rosmerta Pty Ltd - provide power upgrades to dairy farms in Scott River East
    Lactanz Rosmerta - provide three-phase power to a dairy farm in Lake Jasper to allow increased irrigation and dairy production
    Bindoon Enterprises Pty Ltd - provide power and increase irrigation for table grape production at Walkaway Vineyards, Geraldton
    Lake Jasper Certified Seed Potatoes Pty Ltd - upgrade power to develop seed potato storage and export facilities
    B & H Wren - upgrade power to expand horticultural production
    $ 28,422
    Collie Heritage Group - provide increased fire fighting capacity to meet FESA requirements at Railway Rolling Stock Display venue
    $ 19,758
    Shire of Harvey - upgrade water supply to the Harvey LIA
    $ 50,000
    Dardanup Equestrian Centre - upgrade to three-phase power
    $ 18,500
    Eastern Goldfields YMCA Inc - provide fire service to meet FESA and BCA requirements
    $ 52,856
    Shire of Gingin - headworks for the Lancelin Aged Care Units
    $ 45,000
    Shire of Kulin - Hostel and Caravan Park - headworks
    $ 45,000
    Geraldton Surf Life Saving Club - headworks to upgrade
    $ 49,948
    City of Mandurah - Meadow Springs Regional Open Space Development incorporating sporting and community facilities
    $ 95,000
    City of Mandurah - Allnut Reserve - relocation of bowling club to allow major road rerouting
    $ 75,250
    Shire of Augusta-Margaret River - provide three-phase power to enable expansion of the waste management facility
    $ 65,000

    Mr Ford said the projects were important in achieving sustainable development in regional Western Australia because they provided infrastructure that enhanced services to communities and stimulated economic activity and tourism across the State.

    “I encourage regional businesses, local government, communities and not-for-profit organisations that are seeking assistance with headworks, to apply for funding in the 2007 RHP funding round,” he said.

    RHP is part of the Carpenter Government’s four-year $80million Regional Investment Fund, which provides grant funding to encourage and support projects which stimulate regional investment, create jobs and provide positive economic and social outcomes for regional communities in WA.

    For further information, contact the Department of Local Government and Regional Development on 9217 1500, freecall 1800 620 511 (country callers only) or visit the website:

    Minister's office - 9213 7200