John Bowler

John Bowler

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

    New $3million program will boost indigenous development

    12/05/2005 12:00 AM

    Regional and remote Aboriginal communities will benefit from grants of between $10,000 and $500,000 for capital projects that create jobs or help improve services and amenities.

    Local Government and Regional Development Minister John Bowler invited expressions of interest in funding from the new Indigenous Regional Development Program (IRDP).

    “We are looking to support projects that help strengthen the capacity of indigenous communities to stimulate economic development and plan and manage their future,” Mr Bowler said.

    “These might include new cultural, arts or tourism facilities, infrastructure to support new enterprises, community buildings or amenities that promote better health or education outcomes.

    “The Gallop Government is improving the quality of services and providing jobs and opportunities for Western Australians, wherever they live.”

    The Minister said the program, which would inject $3million over the next four years to support sustainable development in indigenous communities, was part of the State Government’s $80million Regional investment Fund.

    Incorporated Aboriginal Associations in all nine of the State’s non-metropolitan regions were eligible to apply.

    Also, for the first time, non-indigenous community groups, not-for-profit organisations, businesses, educational institutions and local governments could also apply on behalf of, or in partnership with, incorporated Aboriginal associations.

    To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate that the majority of benefits from a project will accrue to indigenous people.

    For more information, including guidelines and application forms, contact the local Regional Development Commission or the Department of Local Government and Regional Development on 9217 1468, freecall (country callers) 1800 620 511 or at:
    Expressions of interest for IRDP close on 27 June 2005. The department will then work with selected applicants to develop their proposals.

    Minister's office: 9213 6500