Jon Ford

Jon Ford

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

    Karratha, Roebourne and Wickham share in Pilbara Fund

    27/10/2005 12:00 AM

    Pilbara Minister Jon Ford said the towns of Karratha, Roebourne and Wickham would share more than $1million under round two of the Pilbara Fund.

    Mr Ford said child-minding needs in Karratha and surrounding towns would be met by extensions to the Millars Well Child Care Centre.

    “The budget for the project is $1.7million, with $220,000 coming from round two of the Pilbara Fund,” he said.

    Mining and Pastoral MLC Shelley Archer announced details of the grants during a visit to Karratha and Roebourne.

    Ms Archer said another worthy project was the conversion of the nurses’ quarters at Wickham into a hostel for Pilbara residents who needed access to specialist medical care.

    “The Pilbara Fund contribution to this project will be $140,000 and the aim is to supply reasonably priced accommodation for people visiting from inland towns,” Ms Archer said.

    Projects to receive funding in the Shire of Roebourne include:
    • $604,817 to assist with the extension and upgrading of the Yaandina Community Care Centre in Roebourne;
    • $220,000 to the Shire of Roebourne for extensions to the Millars Well Child Care Centre;
    • $61,860 to the Shire of Roebourne for a West Pilbara natural disaster mitigation study;
    • $140,000 to the WA Country Health Service to convert the nurses quarters at Wickham into a hostel for Pilbara residents who need specialist medical care;
    • $16,500 to the Roebourne School for play equipment;
    • $9,242 to the Karratha Kart Club to improve club facilities;
    • $15,000 to St Luke’s College to improve the appearance of the school entrance and student courtyards;
    • $16,890 to the West Pilbara Softball Association to build a storage shed; and
    • $79,426 to Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation to buy equipment for a community television station in Roebourne.
    In total, $6.2million has been allocated to 43 projects in the four Pilbara shires.

    Mr Ford said the Gallop Government was ensuring that regional Western Australians received their fair share.

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