July 2013 - E-Newsletter
Governor praises Goldfields-Esperance region "can do" spirit
The first official visit by WA Governor Malcolm McCusker and Mrs Tonya McCusker to the Goldfields-Esperance region was an outstanding success. The Governor and Mrs McCusker were accompanied by 2013 Young Australian of the Year Akram Azimi for the Goldfields part of the visit.
They visited the CAPS school in Coolgardie, St Mary's and Boulder Primary Schools in Kalgoorlie, Norseman District High School, Esperance and Nulsen Primary Schools in Esperance as well as Esperance Senior High School and the Anglican Community School. They also met with local government and community groups in the towns and attended civic receptions organised in their honour by the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Shire of Esperance.
The Governor, who is renowned for his philanthropy, was keen to spread the message to school children and promote "Kids Who Give WA" , a program that encourages and nurtures the social conscience of young people, and celebrates and rewards outstanding acts of care, kindness and giving by young Australians.
The Governor has close links to the Goldfields through both of his grandfathers who worked in the mines and the railways and said he kept being amazed at the "can do spirit" of the region where people were prepared to go ahead and get things done.
Photos of the visit are displayed in our photo gallery
2013 Young Australian of the Year, Akram Azimi, a hit with school children
Goldfields schoolchildren were fascinated by the story of the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, Akram Azimi, who accompanied Governor McCusker during his visit to the Goldfields. Akram told his enthusiastic audiences how he escaped Afghanistan with his parents and his brother when he was a young child and outlined some of the challenges he faced in a new country, in particularly the difficulties he encountered at school because he was different. He explained his journey from being nearly a renegade to becoming the Head Boy of his school, all because one of his teachers trusted him and restored his self-respect. He is now studying a triple degree in law, science and anthropology at the University of WA. His interaction with the students was formidable and his message was well received.
Northern Goldfields mining companies boost Leonora regional health services
Northern Goldfields residents will have greater access to Medical Diagnostic services in Leonora thanks to a $38,000 boost from locally based mining companies for the purchase of medical equipment.
The Minara Community Foundation provided funding for a range of equipment to enable the local General Practitioner to carry out diagnostic tests in his clinic, co-located with the Leonora Hospital. Barrick Lawlers Mine also purchased a diagnostic ultrasound machine for the Clinic, so that pregnant women in the region can have routine antenatal ultrasounds conducted in Leonora. These services were previously only available in Kalgoorlie or Perth.
At the presentation, held during the Golden Gift week-end, Acting General Manager of the Barrick Lawlers site, Mr Bryan Anderson, officially handed over the Diagnostic Ultrasound equipment to local GP, Dr Charl du Plessis who said he was very excited to have access to such modern equipment in his remote practice. He emphasized that the diagnostic ultrasound would not be limited to just maternity diagnostics, but will also assist him with some organ and soft tissue diagnostics as well.
President Jeff Carter paid tribute to the efforts of GEDC Northern Goldfields Project Officer, Pip McCahon, in preparing written proposals for the medical equipment and her work in liaising with the local Doctor, GP Clinic staff and both Minara Resources and Barrick Lawlers mine site staff to bring this project to fruition.
‘Having the capacity to provide our locally based Doctor with modern equipment and facilities is crucial to our ability to attract and retain Doctor Services in our region,’ said Shire CEO, Mr Jim Epis. ‘The Leonora ratepayers pay a considerable amount towards supporting our locally based Medical services. To have Mining Companies from our region step up to the plate with generous contributions such as these, from Minara and Barrick, is a significant demonstration of their commitment to support our local communities,’ added Mr Epis. ‘We truly appreciate their generosity’.
Bumper cruise ships season for Esperance
The 2013 / 2014 cruise ship season will be a bumper one for our port city with nine visits planned for Esperance between September 2013 and March 2014. The "Volendam" which carries approximately 1,400 passengers will berth in Esperance in September, October and November. The "Radiance of the Seas" (2,500 passengers) will visit in November 2013, February and March 2014; The :Astor will bring its 620 passengers twice in January and the largest ship, with 2850 passengers, the "Celebrity Solstice", will be in Esperance on 3 February.
District Manager, Shane Liddelow said that the cruise ship season will include over 15,500 visitors to Esperance and will provide a significant boost to the local economy. The Shire of Esperance, Tourism Esperance, Esperance Ports Sea and Land, Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry and GEDC have been working hard to develop this market and to have 9 ships visiting Esperance this year is great news. The cruise ship market is rapidly expanding and we have a great opportunity to capitalise on this industry.
GEDC Deputy Chair named Goldfields Citizen of the Year
Congratulations go to GEDC Deputy Chair, Ron Mosby who was named Goldfields Citizen of the Year at the
recent Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry Annual Goldfields Business and Employee Awards.
The Goldfields Business & Employee Awards are held annually by the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce & Industry, to recognise and reward excellence and to acknowledge organisations and employees that play a role in keeping the Goldfields sustainable. There are additional awards to include tourism, employers supporting people with a disability and government departments and not for profit organisations.
Ron operates his own accounting practice, is involved in property development, overseas enterprises and is the immediate past president of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison Redevelopment on track
The Goldfields economy is set to receive a massive boost from the redevelopment of Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison.
This $232 million project, a joint responsibility of the Department of Corrective Services and the Department of Treasury, will see the current 100 bed prison replaced with a modern 350 bed prison, built on land adjacent to the existing facility.
A contract was signed in December 2012 with successful bidder Assure Partners consortium and the prison is being designed and built by consortium members John Holland Pty Ltd and Pindan Contracting Pty Ltd Joint Venture with Cox Howlett and Bayley Woodland as project architects.
The project is on track to commence early August 2013. The Minister for Corrective Services Mr Francis has been invited to attend a sod turning on Friday 2 August 2013 and attend a community information presentation on the same day.
The new prison is scheduled to be operational in July 2015 with all works completed by November.
This project is very good news for the region. In addition to an expected 200 people required during the construction stage, the permanent workforce will grow by at least 150 to reach 220.
The GEDC’s regional economic impact modelling , REMPLAN, has shown that, apart from the obvious impact on the Public Order and Safety industry figures, the permanent employment of around two hundred and twenty one positions offers significant economic flow on impacts for industries such as Retail, Accommodation and Food Services, Education and Training, Health Care and Social Services, Transport, Postal and Warehousing and many other sectors. Employment of up to sixty nine positions could be gained by these sectors as well as demand for regional goods and services of up to $25 million.
GEDC REMPLAN modelling has been accessed by the EGRP to assist with planning and implementing the expansion project.