Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Warren-Blackwood a winner in latest RDS funding round

    10/12/2005 12:00 AM

    The State Government will grant almost $250,000 to projects in the Warren-Blackwood Region under the 2006 Regional Development Scheme (RDS), South-West Minister Mark McGowan announced today.

    Mr McGowan said the region had secured funds for seven projects, including $35,000 to conduct a feasibility study into the construction of a building to house the largest wooden clock in the world.

    “The Warren-Blackwood Region has excelled itself in bidding for funding and has won the lion’s share of this year’s RDS round,” he said.

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

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

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

    “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.

    A total of 18 projects throughout the South-West have received funding in the 2006 RDS round.

    Warren-Blackwood initiatives awarded funding this year include:
    • Shire of Nannup - $35,000 for a feasibility study into the construction of a building to house the largest wooden clock in the world;
    • Shire of Boyup Brook - $15,000 for industrial land development to attract businesses to the town;
    • Bridgetown Terminus Community Centre Inc - $8,000 to maintain buildings and grounds;
    • 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;
    • 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; and
    • Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes - $65,000 to employ a shared environmental officer for the Warren-Blackwood Region.
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