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Regional boost for the Pilbara under Building Better Regions Funding

• $178,596 – Talent Pool - Royal Life Saving Society, Port Hedland
• $98,000 – Digital O Project - Aboriginal Youth, Agency and Digital Inclusion
• $20,000 – Going Digital - A Strategy to Activate Tourism in the Pilbara
• $20,000 – Pilbara Waste Diversion Strategy

The Pilbara is set to receive a boost following the announcement of four successful projects under the Building Better Regions Fund – Community Investment stream.

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the community-based projects were a positive investment in the region’s future.

“It's a wonderful outcome for the Pilbara, with three projects receiving $316,000. These include $178,596 for the Royal Life Saving Society WA Talent Pool, to undertake strategic planning to establish the Royal Life Saving Society in the Pilbara, develop and implement training along with an employment pathway targeted for Indigenous youth, and deliver a swimming and water safety carnival in Port Hedland.

“There is also $98,000 for the Digital O Project conducted by Big hART in Roebourne for a series of youth engagement workshops to provide basic computer and digital art making skills for the preservation of Indigenous Culture and Heritage.

“Two projects will receive $20,000 each through the Pilbara Regional Council; a strategy to activate tourism in the Pilbara and a waste diversion strategy to address waste services and management issues."

Tony Friday Chair of the Pilbara Regional Council said: "The lack of digital services and innovative technologies in the Pilbara tourism sector is one of the region's biggest weaknesses, yet it presents one of the greatest opportunities to stimulate economic growth.

"This grant represents an opportunity to use technology to overcome the tyranny of distances in the Pilbara, finding new and innovative ways for regional operations to fully participate in the global tourism economy,” he said.

On the Pilbara Waste Diversion Strategy Mr Friday commented: “The Pilbara’s challenges and opportunities when it comes to waste differs greatly as compared to metropolitan municipalities. Where metropolitan local governments struggle for space and major in residential waste, the Pilbara suffers less space limitations but has a more complicated and diverse waste stream.”

“The Pilbara Regional Waste Diversion Strategy will be a coordinated plan, which aims to investigate the potential for a regional and cooperative approach to waste management, waste avoidance and resource recovery.”

Ms Price said the Building Better Regions Fund continues to deliver major benefits for rural, regional and remote communities throughout Australia.

“The Community Investment stream of the Building Better Regions Fund is another part of our plan for regional Australia. It supports community activities from expanded local events and strategic planning to improving leadership and capability,” she said.

“Under round two, the Federal Government is investing more than $4 million in over 100 Community Investment stream projects across Australia valued at over $7.3 million.

“This is expected to create more than 4,000 jobs which will beef up local economies.”

The Federal Government has invested an additional $200 million in the 2018-19 Federal Budget to deliver another round of the Building Better Regions Fund.

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