Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Minister announces regional development funding for South-West

    9/12/2005 12:00 AM

    The Gallop Government has announced funding towards various projects in the South-West as part of the 2006 Regional Development Scheme (RDS).

    South-West Minister Mark McGowan said 18 projects had been chosen on the basis of their contribution to the economic, social and environmental development of the South-West region.

    “One of the major grant recipients this year was the Shire of Capel, which received $40,000 for the Capel Hall Redevelopment,” Mr McGowan said.

    “The project, which aims to attract and retain people in the town, will include a district library, a newspaper room, telecentre access point, tourist information desk, heritage collection/archives, a youth space and an upgrade of the toilets.”

    The Minister said other major projects to receive funding included the Dolphin Discovery Centre at Bunbury, which received $25,000 for long-term research of dolphin ecology; and the Shire of Nannup, which received $35,000 to conduct a feasibility study into the construction of a building to house the largest wooden clock in the world.

    “Over the past five years, the State Government has committed $2.1million in RDS grant funding to 100 projects in the South-West region,” he said.

    “This funding has helped fund some very successful initiatives within the region, creating long-term economic and social benefits.

    “Some of the successful projects supported by the Gallop Government include the establishment of a new community radio station at Harvey, a project to export apples into India and improving tourist facilities at the Naturaliste and Leeuwin Lighthouses.

    “The allocation of funding under the scheme is part of the Gallop Government’s commitment to ensuring regional Western Australia receives its fair share.”

    Mr McGowan said the South West Development Commission, which administered the RDS in the South-West, had received 49 applications this year requesting a total of $1.7million in funding.

    Other initiatives to receive funding this year include:
    • Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre - $5,000 towards a feasibility study for the provision of a 150-seat theatre;
    • Shire of Dardanup - $15,000 to fund landscape designers and artists to develop a concept plan for the civic hub of Eaton;
    • Geographe Vignerons Association Inc - $5,000 to develop an official wine region map to promote the Geographe Wine Region and encourage visitors to extend their stay in the region;
    • Shire of Boyup Brook - $15,000 for industrial land development to attract businesses to the town;
    • Shire of Harvey - $15,000 towards developing a proposal to upgrade a public road into a town square environment at Brunswick Junction;
    • Bridgetown Terminus Community Centre Inc - $8,000 to maintain buildings and grounds;
    • South West Regional College of TAFE - $10,000 to fund a project manager to investigate the establishment of a Centre of Specialisation in Applied Sustainability;
    • Margaret River Senior High School - $10,000 to bring the West Australian Youth Orchestra to Margaret River for a weekend, to engage in workshops with music students from 10 SW schools and five schools from other regions;
    • Warren Equestrian Centre Development - $15,000 to expand and develop the existing Kanny Park equestrian facility in Manjimup into a regional equestrian centre within the Warren-Blackwood region;
    • Bunbury Flying School - $21,000 towards the construction of a building to enable aircraft maintenance to be carried out at the Bunbury Regional Airport;
    • Collie Mining Heritage Group Inc - $30,000 to enable the Bucyrus Erie W200 walking dragline to be displayed in working condition as an industrial heritage tourism attraction in Collie;
    • Manjimup Speedway Club Inc - $22,000 towards the removal of an old wooden wall and construction of new concrete panels, with an aim of recommencing racing at the circuit as soon as possible;
    • Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes - $64,000 to fund the purchase of a prefabricated bridge to cross the Blackwood River east of the Blackwood River Park, providing a link between the park and the walk trail;
    • The Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes - $65,000 to employ a shared environmental officer for the Warren-Blackwood Region; and
    • Yarloop Workshops - $16,000 to continue ongoing conservation, interpretation and promotion of the historic Yarloop Workshops.
    A sum of $100,000 has also been allocated through the scheme for a South West Community Foundation, which was previously agreed upon through Government.

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