$24 million allocated to Goldfields-Esperance projects

Date published: 19/12/2016

A further $23.96 million in funding from the Goldfields-Esperance Revitalisation Fund, a State Government Royalties for Regions program, has been announced in the region this week.

Following the announcement last week of the Esperance Indoor Sports Stadium redevelopment, the Minister for Regional Development, the Hon Terry Redman, announced this week $1.6 million in funding towards a new cultural, visitor and community precinct for Norseman and $3.16 million towards Stage 2 of the Coolgardie Post Office and Associated Buildings Reinstatement Project.

Both projects are expected to enhance the tourism and commercial opportunities in each town and provide vital facilities for economic growth and support social programs and initiatives by repurposing a vacant building in Norseman and preserving and reinstating an historically significant building in Coolgardie.

Minister for Regional Development, the Hon Terry Redman, visited Esperance with the Deputy Premier and Minister for Training and Workforce Development, the Hon Liza Harvey MLA on Friday 16 December 2016  to announce funding towards a new $17.85 million state-of-the-art TAFE Campus in Esperance.

Minister Redman said “the $10 million investment from Royalties for Regions would provide access to skills development and training, which was an important element in attracting and retaining regional residents and supporting growth.”

Also announced by Minister Redman was a $9.2 million investment in a new, 16 units, independent-living village for older residents in Leonora to assist the community in retaining residents who may otherwise be forced to relocate due to a lack of appropriate accommodation in the region.”

Minister Redman also said that "The Goldfields-Esperance Revitalisation Fund is helping build a social and infrastructure platform for the region's economic development to drive growth and new investment."

Chair of the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission (GEDC), Kate Fielding, said that “The GEDC Staff and Board have been working very closely and diligently with our stakeholders over a number of years, to ensure that these projects are successfully funded through the Revitalisation Fund.”

“Not only will these projects encourage people to visit, live and work in our region, this level of investment will lead to employment opportunities during construction, permanent jobs when in operation and lasting benefits to the region” Ms Fielding said.

For more information, please visit the GEDC website www.gedc.wa.gov.au or contact the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission on 9080 5000.