Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson


    Derby pastoral trail to benefit from Centenary funding

    4/06/2000 6:30 AM

    The Derby Tourist Bureau has won funding of $11,000 to develop the Derby pastoral trail.

    The trail is 12km long and traces part of the route taken by early drovers as they brought cattle into the port of Derby between the 1890s and 1960s.

    The trail will feature interpretation sites, including the Dinner Tree - a large boab where stockmen once rested for lunch.

    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Rob Johnson said the project was one of 84 that had received funding under the State Government’s 2001 Community Centenary Project.

    They bring to 179 the number of Western Australian communities thus far who have been successfully funded to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Federation in 2001.

    The round 4 grants, totalling $1.2 million, form part of the $3.5 million committed by the State Government for community-based projects.

    “All of these projects are community initiatives which strive to improve community life and form enduring reminders of the Centenary of Federation, and as such are fully deserving of our support,” Mr Johnson said.

    Both regional and metropolitan communities were well represented in the fourth funding round, covering the State from Derby in the north, Walpole in the south and Kalgoorlie/Boulder in the East.

    Of the 84 successful projects, 56 will benefit communities in regional Western Australia while the remaining 28 projects will enhance the lives of communities in the greater metropolitan area.

    A fifth and final round of grants totalling $1 million has opened and applications will be received until June 16.

    For more information about the WA 2001: Community Centenary Project, write to the Centenary of Federation State Committee at the Constitutional Centre of WA, Havelock St, West Perth, 6872 or phone 1800 653 357.

    Media contact: Fran Hodge (08) 9481 3244