Federal windfall for South West projects

THE South West has benefited from a multi-million dollar boost in a series of Federal funding announcements this week.

Federal Regional Development Minister John McVeigh announced funding from the Building Better Regions Fund to projects in Busselton, Harvey and Waroona.

Dr McVeigh announced $1.5 million towards a new depot and first aid training centre in Busselton, $626,000 towards the expansion and renovation of the Harvey Community and Sporting Facility, and $200,000 towards the Waroona Men’s Shed to construct a permanent home for the group.

On Tuesday Forrest MHR Nola Marino announced $1.5 million of funding towards freight infrastructure at the Busselton-Margaret River airport and $320,000 towards a major project at the end of the Busselton Jetty which would include a marine discovery centre, multifunctional area and safe swimming area.

Mrs Marino described the projects as significant investments in the region which would have flowon benefits across the communities involved.

“The Coalition has a plan for regional Australia and we are focused on getting it done,” Mrs Marino said.

“It’s a plan to create more jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities.”

Dr McVeigh said the South West projects were part of the Government’s $200 million investment in 136 projects and would deliver significant economic and social benefits to communities.

“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,” he said.

“I’m happy to be getting behind communities that have done it tough but still have so much potential.”

The second round of the Building Better Regions Fund is expected to create up to 10,000 jobs from more than 240 projects, with a further $200 million for a third round of the funding announced in the 2018 Budget.

Source: South Western Times.