Peel Minister David Templeman today officially opened the 2008-09 round of the highly successful Regional Development funding scheme.
The Regional Development Scheme makes available $500,000 annually to worthwhile projects in each of the State’s nine regions from the Carpenter Government’s $80million Regional Investment Fund.
Mr Templeman, who is also Mandurah MLA, said he was looking forward to another strong field of applications.
“This program has been immensely successful and incredibly valuable,” he said.
“The projects which have already been funded through the RDS over the past seven years keep delivering to the people of this growing region.
“More than $3million has been provided to the Peel Region since 2001, funding more than 218 projects with a total value of $31.8million.
“They are often small, grass roots projects that use the RDS funds to create long-lasting benefits for the community.
“The Carpenter Government is building strong and vibrant regions with access to top quality services and infrastructure. But it’s also important that we continue to grow our regions from the inside out, with projects like the RDS that use a locally based approach.”
The Minister said just one example of a successful local community project funded by the Regional Development Scheme was the Mandurah Youth Maritime Project.
“Since May 2003, approximately 150 students have participated in Des McLean’s wonderful program,” he said.
“Over the years, it has been refined to a six-week program covering a range of training, educational, and life skills.
“The value of something like this to our young people and to our wider community cannot be underestimated.”
Applications are now invited for projects from across the Peel Region and close on September 5.
For more information on Regional Development Scheme Grants, contact the Peel Development Commission on 9535 0000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Necessary forms can be downloaded from http://www.peel.wa.gov.au
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