Regional grants to benefit local projects in the Goldfields-Esperance Region

Date published: 27/01/2017

The Goldfields‐Esperance Development Commission (GEDC) is pleased to announce that $1,020,859 has been allocated to  six successful grant recipients under the Regional Grants Scheme funding round for 2017, made possible by the State Government Royalties for Regions program.


 



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The Regional Grants Scheme is an initiative of the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, supporting region-specific priorities that are driven by local communities to assist the development of infrastructure, services and community projects. 

Shayne Flanagan, CEO of the GEDC, said that the State Government had invested $30 million in the scheme from 2016-17 to 2018-19 offering grants between $50,000 and $300,000 across the state.

“This funding will help community, public and not-for-profit organisations fund smaller, community-driven projects that make a real difference in the regions.”

Kate Fielding, Chair of the GEDC said “Royalties for Regions is committed to supporting local projects that attract investment, increase job opportunities and improve the quality of life for people living in the Goldfields-Esperance region.”

“The Regional Grants Scheme is an example of how the Development Commission is working with community to deliver small projects that make a big difference in the lives of people living in the Goldfields-Esperance region.” 

This round of grants will provide a total of $1,020,859 towards 6 projects for the Goldfields-Esperance region. 

Recipients include the Arts and Culture Goldfields Association (Artgold) for the Goldfields Esperance Arts and Culture Trail which will receive $298,870. 

The Arts and Culture Trail project will define the documented sites across the region and promote and market these as tourist destinations. The project will also deliver and implement a marketing plan, website and online App. 

The Goldfields Land and Sea Council (GLSC) will receive $149,816 towards the Credo Aboriginal Ranger Program. The funding will enable local Aboriginal Rangers to undertake important restorative and enhancement work on the former Credo Station which covers approximately 212,000 hectares (2120 square kilometres).

Funding will be used to support four Aboriginal Rangers with a strong traditional connection to the region. Credo is an area of significant cultural and environmental significance. The project will allow greater protection of flora, fauna and cultural heritage. It will also engage local Aboriginal people in meaningful work opportunities which will improve and support important environmental management works. 

The six successful projects to be funded for the Goldfields-Esperance region are:

Recipient Name Project Amount
Arts and Culture Goldfields Association (Artgold) Goldfields Esperance Arts and Culture Trail $298,870
The Federation of Western Australia Police and Community Youth Centres Inc. (PCYC) Kalgoorlie PCYC Gymnastics Equipment upgrade $56,416
Goldfields Land and Sea Council. (GLSC) Credo Aboriginal Ranger Program $149,816
St John Ambulance WA Ltd Bariatric Ambulance $98,784
South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc. Optimising lime for agricultural sustainability in the Esperance and Ravensthorpe shires. $121,972
WA Recreational & Sportfishing Council Esperance artificial reef and community monitoring program $295,000

Fact File

  • The Regional Grants Scheme is a Royalties for Regions fund that aims to improve economic and community infrastructure and services in regional Western Australia
  • Contact the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission for more information or visit www.gedc.wa.gov.au
  • There are big things happening in regional WA. Find out how Royalties for Regions is transforming your regional community at RfRmap.drd.wa.gov.au 

 
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Contact: Aidan Tansey – Assistant Director, aidan.tansey@gedc.wa.gov.au 9080 5004