The Pilbara & Gascoyne receives $9,884,171 for 3 projects from the Building Better Regions Fund
October 5, 2017
• $9,082,620 for the construction of a new industrial waste management facility in Onslow, the only facility of its kind in Western Australia. The new facility will be a highly cost effective alternative for the mining industry in the Pilbara, Gascoyne and Mid-West.
• $545,700 for a pilot program for off-grid solar and water treatment infrastructure at 5 mile community, just outside of Roebourne
• $255,851 for the Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation for cultural maintenance material of national significance. By digitalizing the material, the aim is to preserve the unique Indigenous culture of the Pilbara for future generations to enjoy.
The Pilbara region will receive a boost following news they have won $801,551 in Federal funding through the Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, Member for Durack Melissa Price announced today.
“All these projects are important to their communities, but they are important for very different reasons” Ms Price said.
“The Onslow project is a fantastic example of an initiative that both improves the community and improves the economy of a regional town.
“The project will provide jobs to the town, a boost to the economy and will be of regional benefit, as this new industrial waste management facility will service industries right across regional Western Australia
“The 5 mile project is important because it is a real trial of how we can make remote Aboriginal communities more sustainable, and this investment in this trial solar program is part of that.
“Energy reliability is important in regional communities like 5 mile, which are often drawing power from petrol or diesel generators that are expensive to run.
“Cultural Maintenance is important because they are strong links between cultural maintenance and Indigenous peoples’ mental health; so this is something I support wholeheartedly.
"The Building Better Regions Fund received more than 500 applications and only about 100 projects were successful.
“I am extremely proud to say that 9 projects in total were funded in Durack, meaning about 1 in 10 projects nationwide were in my electorate.”
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said she created the Building Better Regions Fund to help build strong communities for decades to come.
"I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and projects like this one do exactly that," Minister Nash said.
“After a competitive merit-based selection process, there are always those who were not successful and are naturally disappointed. We know this and we've got dedicated staff in the Department of Industry to give tailored feedback to each unsuccessful applicant to help improve those applications for next time. They can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org."
Minister Nash said she expected to open another round of BBRF before the end of the year.
Minister Nash will announce the successful applicants for funding under the BBRF’s Community Investments Stream – for projects designed to support a range of local capability-building activities – in the coming months.
More information about the Building Better Regions Fund is available at: www.business.gov.au/bbrf