$9.7 million boost to Goldfields announced today

Date published: 30/06/2015

The Goldfields-Esperance region is set to benefit from two new projects receiving a $9.7 million investment made possible by the State Government Royalties for Regions program. Under the Goldfields-Esperance Revitalisation Fund, $6 million has been approved for the construction of a multi-purpose sport and recreation pavilion at the Ray Finlayson Sporting Complex, and $3.7 million will allow for a two stage redevelopment of the Golden Mile Loopline Railway.

Announcing the successful projects in Kalgoorlie-Boulder today, Minister for Regional Development and Lands, the Hon. Terry Redman said both projects will deliver significant flow-on social and economic benefits and contribute to the attraction and retention of residents in the region.

 “The pavilion at the Ray Finlayson Sporting Complex will offer a state-of-the-art venue for a wide range of sporting activity and facilitate opportunities to attract national sporting events,” Minister Redman said. “It will encourage the sustainability of sporting groups in the region and build a better quality of life for local communities.”

GEDC Chair, Tony Crook said the construction of the Pavilion was the last stage of an $18 million overall project that had already received $5.4 million from Royalties for Regions. “It is vital that the region offer quality amenities to its residents, if we are serious about attracting and retaining people in the area" Mr Crook said "and this project will go some way to achieve this objective.”

The $3.7 million allocated to the Loopline project will be a tremendous boost to tourism in the region. The project consists of the construction of a 16.1 km railway line from the Boulder Station precinct to an area close to the top of Hannan Street. Stage one will see the line run to the Super Pit look-out while Stage 2 will continue and take travellers close to the WA Museum. 

"This heritage railway redevelopment will provide visitors and locals with a unique railway experience, combining heritage and the opportunity to observe current mining operations" Mr Crook said," it will also contribute significantly to the economic strength and diversification of the region."

Mr Crook said the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission was currently in the process of assessing a number of business cases seeking funds from the Goldfields-Esperance Revitalisation Fund and was confident to-day’s announcement would be the precursor of more in the future.