John Bowler

John Bowler

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

    $400,000 available to Goldfields-Esperance region

    2/09/2005 12:00 AM

    The Goldfields-Esperance region will be able to tap into $400,000 to support projects that make a real difference to social and economic development.

    Goldfields-Esperance Minister and local member John Bowler said the latest round of funds through the Goldfields-Esperance Regional Development Scheme was a continuation of the State Government’s commitment of building a better future for the Goldfields.

    “Previous funding rounds have attracted a great deal of interest from the community and many worthwhile projects have already received State Government funding through the regional development scheme,” Mr Bowler said.

    Funding eligibility will be assessed in accordance with the project’s ability to demonstrate a positive social and economic return to the region.

    "Through initiatives such as the regional development scheme, the State Government is providing support for regional Western Australians, for projects that are from the region and for the region," Mr Bowler said.

    Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission acting chief executive Annaliese Walster encouraged all groups with worthwhile projects to put their case forward for funding.

    “The funding round is open until October 31 and this gives applicants plenty of time to develop their applications,” Ms Walster said.

    People wanting more details on the scheme should contact the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission on 9091 1166.

    GERDS has been assisting many worthwhile projects since 2001 including the restoration and development of Hoover House, Staunton Seed Potatoes, the Festival of the Wind, the Laverton Great Beyond Tourist Centre, the Esperance Skills Attraction Information Package, the Coolgardie Economic Development Officer, the Nature and Agriculture Rehabilitation Association in Coolgardie, a tourism development plan for the northern Goldfields and a Ravensthorpe project officer.

    Ms Walster said the GEDC would this year hold grants information workshops in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Esperance to provide information to community groups, local government authorities and industry bodies on what funds were available and what they should do to maximise their chances of accessing those funds.

    The first of these workshops is being held in conjunction with the Department of Sport and Recreation in Kalgoorlie-Boulder on Monday, September 5.

    Minister's office: 9213 6500