Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson


    Newman wins Centenary of Federation funding

    15/08/2000 2:02 PM

    Creative art pieces, a native garden and heritage trail will combine to create a new focus for the town of Newman.

    The Shire of East Pilbara has secured funding of $10,000 in the fifth and final round of grants issued by the WA 2001 Centenary of Federation Committee.

    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Rob Johnson said the money would be used to cover the cost of artworks on Radio Hill.

    The final allocation of funds takes to 201 the number of community projects that have shared in $3.5 million set aside by the State Government to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Federation.

    Communities have pledged a further $14.5 million to realise Centenary of Federation projects.

    “The WA 2001 Community Centenary Project has benefited communities right across our vast State,” Mr Johnson said.

    “The projects will enhance the lives of remote communities like Gascoyne Junction and Laverton as well as the regional centres of Albany and Carnarvon - and the heart of Perth itself.

    “Successful projects will culminate in 2001 and form lasting reminders of the Centenary of Federation as well as provide valuable facilities and attractions that will benefit the wider community.”

    Mr Johnson said the final round of Centenary grants had also seen major projects receive substantial allocations. They are:
    • $390,000 towards the construction of an elevated walkway through the canopy of trees in King’s Park;
    • $200,000 toward the construction of the Centenary of Federation Southern Cross Cosmos Centre at Gingin;
    • $100,000 for a major festival in Albany featuring a range of Federation-related events, including a concert, parade, citizenship ceremonies, a trench breakfast and exhibitions; and -
    • $66,000 to restore three historic railway carriages, whose origins date back to the start of the Trans-Australian Railway.

    “Those major projects, along with the many smaller allocations which have gone to communities right across the State, will ensure that the Centenary of Federation is widely celebrated,” Mr Johnson said.

    Media contact: Fran Hodge (08) 9215 4800