Jon Ford

Jon Ford

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

    Mullewa walk trail receives funding boost

    10/09/2007 1:34 PM

    Regional Development Minister Jon Ford today announced that the Shire of Mullewa had received a $76,102 cheque to assist with constructing a series of walk trails around the Mid-West town.

    The grant is part of an $84,478 commitment provided through the State Government’s Indigenous Regional Development Program.

    Presenting the cheque to the Shire, Geraldton MLA Shane Hill said the commencement of the long-awaited trail project would provide additional employment opportunities for up to six Aboriginal people.

    Mr Hill said it would also develop community infrastructure that would enhance recreational opportunities and provide a facility that would attract tourists and encourage them to spend more time in the town.

    “The Shire has entered into a partnership with the Mid West Employment and Economic Development Aboriginal Corporation (MEEDAC) to construct the project,” Mr Hill said.

    “The project will also raise awareness of both Aboriginal culture and heritage in the town and how it interacts with the significant and diverse natural bushland surrounding the town.

    “This is one of a range of measures to assist in improving the quality of life in indigenous communities, a key factor in the State Government’s response to the Gordon Inquiry.”

    Mr Ford said the Carpenter Government was committed to encouraging, promoting and supporting the sustainable development of, and partnerships with, indigenous communities.

    Further information about the Indigenous Regional Development Program is available from the Department of Local Government and Regional Development on 9217 1500, Freecall 1800 620 511 (country only) or

    Minister's office - 9213 7200