Jon Ford

Jon Ford

Minister for Employment Protection; Regional Development; Fisheries; the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne

    Regional Investment Fund delivers widespread benefits for Pilbara

    7/09/2005 12:00 AM

    The Western Australian Government’s Regional Investment Fund (RIF) continues to deliver many benefits for the regions.

    Pilbara Minister Jon Ford said RIF has funded more than 850 projects, leveraged more than $200million in additional investment and contributed to the creation of more than 4,100 new jobs.

    The initial $75million RIF was established to assist with the economic and social development of the regions and to improve the access by regional communities to services.

    “It has been instrumental in providing a major boost to infrastructure and business investment through a wide range of economic, social, cultural and environmental projects in the region,” Mr Ford said.

    "Through the fund, we have been able to provide financial assistance for many great projects and ventures in the region, including the $2million Roebourne and $4.5million Port Hedland Enhancement Schemes.

    “Other projects supported include Indigenous Community Volunteers WA, the Perth International Arts Festival Regional Program and the development of online training courses for enrolled nurses through the Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health.

    “Importantly, we have also been able to provide vital support to many indigenous communities through providing financial assistance for projects developed through the RAWA Community School Aboriginal Corporation.”

    Mr Ford said the building of partnerships between industry, community, local and State Governments on worthwhile projects would help to create a viable and sustainable future for the region.

    “I encourage regional residents to take advantage of future RIF funding opportunities available through the continued commitment of $80 million over four years,” he said.

    “The Gallop Government is ensuring that regional Western Australia receives its fair share.”

    More information about RIF is available from the Pilbara Development Commission at or the Department of Local Government and Regional Development at

    Minister's office: 9425 4200