John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Calling for innovative regional development projects

    19/04/2005 12:00 AM

    Applications are now invited for State Government grants for cross-regional, non-capital works projects designed to deliver economic, social or environmental benefits.

    Local Government and Regional Development Minister John Bowler today said that grants of between $10,000 and $250,000 were available through the WA Regional Initiatives Scheme (WARIS).

    Mr Bowler said eligible projects might include those that related to tourism and business development, lifelong learning, arts and culture, environment and natural resource management and population retention.

    “The Gallop Government is ensuring regional Western Australia receives its fair share,” he said.

    “I encourage community-based organisations, business groups, indigenous corporations, local government and educational institutions to take advantage of these funding opportunities and be part of a growing regional WA.

    “This support for a wide variety of innovative projects will help build strong, sustainable communities and create new jobs and opportunities in regional WA.”

    Mr Bowler said projects that had previously received WARIS funding included development of self-drive tourism trails, regional economic research projects, the PIAF regional programs and annual Croc Fests, arts tours and major community leadership programs.

    WARIS is part of the Government’s four-year $80million Regional Investment Fund.

    Eligible applicants have until 5pm Tuesday, May 24 to lodge their submissions with the Department of Local Government and Regional Development.

    For further information about the scheme, including project eligibility criteria, contact the department on 92171 500 or freecall (country callers) 1800 620 511.

    WARIS details and guidelines are also available on the department’s website at

    Minister's office: 9213 6500