Jon Ford

Jon Ford

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

    Regional Development Scheme funds benefit the Gascoyne

    19/09/2007 8:44 PM

    Gascoyne Minister Jon Ford today announced the State Government was providing 11 regional development grants for the Gascoyne region totalling $558,201.

    Mr Ford said the Regional Development Scheme funding would benefit a wide cross-section of industry and community in the region.

    “The largest grant approved in this round is $136,435 to help with internal fit-out costs of the Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre,” he said.

    “The latest round of funding substantially benefits a range of local government, volunteer and not-for-profit groups that contribute to economic development and the way of life in the Gascoyne.

    “Exmouth will benefit from a new portable Community Cinema, able to show movies both outdoors and indoors depending on weather. A grant of $16,000 has been allocated to this project through the Exmouth Mother’s Group.

    “Another excellent community initiative for Exmouth is a World War II Heritage Trail and Memorial Shelter, aimed at highlighting the important but little known role the North West Cape played in World War II. The Shire of Exmouth has initiated this project and will receive a grant of $80,000 towards the costs.”

    The Minister said the Exmouth Visitors Centre benefited in the latest round with $30,000 to be provided for an Exmouth Branding and Marketing Plan. This project is intended to add further value to the tourism industry in the vicinity of Exmouth and the greater region.

    “Exmouth has undergone marked development over the last five years and is now poised to capitalise on its reputation as a prime tourism destination in North-West WA. A branding and marketing plan will help position Exmouth alongside other northern tourism destinations such as Broome,” he said.

    Shark Bay has been allocated several large grants for projects that will essentially contribute to tourism and the provision of community services.

    The Shark Bay Community Resource Centre will receive $70,000 towards the refurbishment of an important Denham building where the Telecentre and other collocating partners will be able to operate.

    “The Shire of Shark Bay is implementing a new tourism initiative through the World Heritage Drive project and will also receive a grant to the value of $50,000,” Mr Ford said.

    “Visitors to Shark Bay will be able to learn about the many historic and natural sites along the 150km entry to Denham and Monkey Mia as well as a new information bay and signage.”

    The complete list of approved projects in Round Seven of the Gascoyne’s Regional Development Scheme is:
    • $43,766 to the Gascoyne Growers Market towards the coordination of a Gascoyne Food Trail;
    • $30,000 to the Carnarvon Growers Association aimed at investigating the feasibility of a Carnarvon Horticultural Produce Market Floor;
    • $17,000 to the Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation to enable the organisation to carry out a Carnarvon Men’s Service Needs Assessment;
    • $35,000 to the Carnarvon Race Club for the purchase of a new kitchen at the Carnarvon Race Club;
    • $50,000 to Baiyungu Aboriginal Corporation towards the development of a Baiyungu walking trail along the Ningaloo coastline;
    • $136,435 to the Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre Incorporated to help with internal fit out costs of the Centre;
    • $16,000 to the Exmouth Mother’s Group towards a portable Community Cinema for both outdoors and indoor events;
    • $80,000 to the Shire of Exmouth towards a World War II Heritage Trail and Memorial Shelter project;
    • $30,000 to the Exmouth Visitors Centre for an Exmouth Branding and Marketing Plan;
    • $70,000 to the Shark Bay Community Resource Centre towards the refurbishment of a building for the purposes of collocation and the housing of the Telecentre; and
    • $50,000 to the Shire of Shark Bay towards implementation of the World Heritage Drive project.
    Information about the Gascoyne Regional Development Scheme is available from the Gascoyne Development Commission on 9941 1803 or

    Minister's office - 9213 7200