Jon Ford

Jon Ford

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

    Regional grants deliver benefits to the Kimberley

    11/09/2007 1:50 PM

    Kimberley Minister Jon Ford has announced the approval of 16 grants worth more than $300,000, which have been made available through the Kimberley Development Commission for the 2006/07 Kimberley Regional Development Scheme.

    “The contribution towards these 16 projects will provide the impetus for initiatives to develop positive economic and social outcomes in the Kimberley,” Mr Ford said.

    “The Regional Development Scheme represents an important commitment to regional Western Australia.”

    “The program was introduced in 2000/01 as one aspect of the Regional Investment Fund and has provided funds to support a wide range of regional initiatives. For the Kimberley, the total allocation to the Regional Development Scheme has been $3.1million, including the next round of funding planned for early 2008.”

    Mr Ford announced that the successful projects for 2006/07 were:
    • $50,000 to the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley to upgrade the Wyndham swimming pool;
    • $38,000 to the Mirima Council to further develop their Language and Culture Learning Program;
    • $30,000 to the Yiyili Aboriginal Community School to develop the Yiyili community oval;
    • $25,000 to Kimberley Environmental Solutions to progress the development of the Ord River Aquatic Weed Project;
    • $20,000 to Magabala Books towards further progressing their Market and Product Development project;
    • $20,000 towards the Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference 2007/08 to be held in Broome;
    • $15,400 to the Kimberley Division of General Practice to develop the ‘Kimberley Primary Care Sustainability Plan 2030’;
    • $15,000 to the Shire of Broome to continue the work of the Helping Young People Engage (HYPE) in Broome;
    • $15,000 to the Shire of Derby West Kimberley as a contribution towards the 2007 Derby Croc Festival;
    • $15,000 to the Shire of Derby West Kimberley to progress the Short Term Visitor Accommodation Development Project;
    • $15,000 to Kimberley Group Training to develop the ‘Skilling the Kimberley’ project;
    • $14,000 to Bunuba films to contribute towards local involvement in the upcoming ‘Jandamarra’ theatre performance;
    • $10,000 to the Shire of Derby West Kimberley as a contribution towards the development of the Derby Memorial Pool Refurbishment Plan;
    • $10,000 to St Mary’s College to enable students to participate in the Cultural Dance Exchange Project 2007/08;
    • $9,091 to the Broome Boatlifters and Marine Services Co-operative to develop a strategic business plan to examine the concept of a boat lifter and maritime support services; and
    • $9,091 towards the costs of hosting the Sandalwood Conference 2008 in Kununurra.
    Information about the Kimberley Regional Development Scheme is available from the Kimberley Development Commission on 9193 6795 or

    Minister's office - 9213 7200