Funding Builds Better Regions in Forrest

The south west is set to benefit following the announcement that a Busselton Jetty project will be funded under the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream.

Federal Member for Forrest, Nola Marino said the project was a significant investment in building a stronger economy and driving jobs for the long term.

“This is a fantastic outcome for the south west community, with the project receiving $320,000 to establish a marine discovery centre, multifunctional area and safe swimming area,” Ms Marino said

“This will have major flow-on benefits across the community including improving recreational opportunities, adding infrastructure for events, increasing levels of amenity and creating new reinvigorated activities for the Busselton and south west community, ensuring our region will continue to thrive and prosper into the future.”

Chairperson of Busselton Jetty Inc, Jenny Sheehan said, “We are absolutely thrilled and grateful to have received this grant. It will allow us to establish much needed facilities at the end of the Busselton Jetty.”

“We have listened to feedback from locals and visitors over many years and now have the funding to advance our objective of providing a world class tourism and recreational facility.”

‘We are grateful to Nola Marino for her tireless promotion and advocacy, and acknowledge the importance of her support,” Ms Sheehan said

“With the Coalition Government investing well over $200 million in 136 projects under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund it means that in each successful community many local projects are receiving the funds needed to bring ideas to fruition, Ms Marino said.

Marino Secures Funding for Freight at Busselton Margaret River Airport

More good news for the south west following the announcement that a project at the Busselton Margaret River airport will be funded under the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream.

Federal Member for Forrest, Nola Marino said the project was a significant investment that would create new business opportunities across the south west.

“This is a fantastic outcome for Busselton and the broader community, with the project receiving $1,477,393 to commence Stage 1 of a dedicated Air Freight Hub which will see seven fully serviced industrial lots constructed and the runway apron expanded to service the lots,” Ms Marino said

City of Busselton Deputy Mayor, John McCallum said, “The Hub is the first to be established in the south west of WA and will enable cold-store and modern distribution facilities to be established, thereby providing SW producers with the opportunity to expand their current export horizons, with particular focus on emerging markets in South East Asia and China’

“The funding will also progress the construction of essential landside infrastructure required for the commencement of airfreight services. Completion of Stage 1of the Air Freight Hub is scheduled for late 2019.”

“The City believes that a combination of passenger and freight will significantly increase the long-term sustainability of the airport,” Mr McCallum said.

“This project will have flow-on benefits across the community ensuring our region will continue to thrive and prosper into the future,” Ms Marino said.

Under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream, the Coalition Government is investing well over $200 million in 136 projects.

“The Coalition has a plan for regional Australia and we are focused on getting it done. It’s a plan to create more jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities,” Ms Marino said

Major Boost for St John Ambulance Service in Busselton

A new multi-million dollar purpose-built depot and first aid training centre for Busselton’s St John Ambulance will help meet increased demands in the region and improve response times in emergencies.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the Turnbull Government will deliver $1.5 million towards the construction of the new depot and training centre under round two of the Coalition’s Building Better Regions Fund.

“St John Ambulance WA officers and volunteers provide vital services to our region during times of emergency, during events, in delivering first-aid training and in caring for many members of our community,” Ms Marino said.

“The new depot and first aid training centre will facilitate quicker response times to improve survival of cardiac patients; increase attendance at events; provide a venue for mental health first aid training to reduce suicides; and increase volunteers to transport patients to medical appointments.

“The project is also expected to create 19 jobs during construction which will deliver a big boost to the local economy.”

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the project will deliver significant economic and social benefits to the community.

“Under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream, the Coalition Government is investing well over $200 million in 136 projects with a total project value of $459 million,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This means, in each successful community much anticipated local projects are receiving the funds needed to take a big idea and make it a reality.

“It’s all part of the Coalition Government’s plan to create more jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities across Australia.

The second round of the Building Better Regions Fund, which includes the Community Investment stream and the Infrastructure Projects stream, is expected to create up to 10,000 jobs from over 240 projects.

Green Light for Harvey Community and Sports Centre

Sports fans in Harvey can celebrate this week following the announcement of funding for the Harvey Community and Sporting Facility project under the Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the Coalition Government will deliver $626,000 towards the construction of a brand new multi-purpose community and sports facility.

“This is wonderful news for the Harvey community. We have been working to deliver this project for many years and this funding is the final piece in the puzzle,” Ms Marino said.

“The new facilities will include a new 355 square meter multi-purpose community and sporting centre, a large social room, kitchen/kiosk facilities, bathrooms, change rooms and administration rooms.

“This project is also expected to create six jobs during construction and two ongoing jobs in the community – which is a big boost for the local economy.”

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the project will deliver significant economic and social benefits to the community.

“Under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream, the Coalition Government is investing well over $200 million in 136 projects with a total project value of $459 million,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This means, in each successful community much anticipated local projects are receiving the funds needed to take a big idea and make it a reality.

“It’s all part of the Coalition Government’s plan to create more jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities across Australia.

In total the second round of the Building Better Regions Fund, which includes the Community Investment stream and the Infrastructure Projects stream, is expected to create up to 10,000 jobs from over 240 projects.

National Disability Insurance Scheme WA


The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) reaches a new milestone as Western Australia becomes the final state to officially join the federally administered Scheme.

From 1 July 2018, the National Disability Insurance Agency will assume responsibility for the delivery of the NDIS in WA, as is the case in every other state and territory.

WA NDIS participants will transfer to the federally administered NDIS between 1 April 2018 and 31 December 2018. People receiving state or Commonwealth disability supports, as well as new participants, will continue to transition to the NDIS from 1 July 2018.

Federal Member for Forrest, Nola Marino said the Commonwealth and WA Governments will fully cooperate to implement the transition to the NDIS.

“The NDIS will support people with disability, their families, and carers to play a greater role in their communities,” Mrs Marino said.“

The Scheme will fund reasonable and necessary supports for people to help them live their lives. It will also deliver profound economic change, creating new markets, new employment and new investment.”

The NDIS is expected to support about 39,000 people in WA with permanent and significant disability by July 2020.

For more information on the WA rollout, including timeframes, visit the NDIS website.