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Waldron welcomes Community Chest funding for Great Southern region

For more information, contact Terry Waldron (Member for Wagin).

The Great Southern Development Commission has recently announced the grant recipients of the region’s Community Chest Fund, made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.

Member for Wagin Terry Waldron MLA said the Community Chest Fund provided one-off grants to community, public and not for profit organisations to improve and develop infrastructure and services in the region.

Projects in the Wagin electorate that are supported through the Great Southern Region’s Community Chest Fund in this round include:

  • Shire of Cranbrook - Food for Thought Festival 2016 - $15,000
  • Shire of Kojonup Kodja Place Precinct – Master Planning -  $40,000
  • Badgebup Aboriginal Corporation - Badgebup Training and Cultural Hub - $29,400
  • Shire of Katanning - Hidden Treasures Bloom Festival 2016 - $20,000
  • Great Southern Wine Producers Assoc. - G.S. Wine Industry Marketing Material - $15,000
  • Frankland River Country Club - Kitchen Refurbishment - $18,500
  • Gnowangerup CRC - Hidden Treasures Rebranding Implementation - $50,000
  • Friends of the Fitzgerald National Park - Completion/ reopening-Twertup Field Studies Centre - $24,000

A number of other proponents based outside the Wagin electorate were also provided with funding for projects that fall within the Wagin electorate, including:

  • Taste Great Southern 2017 and 2018 ($50,000).
  • Great Southern Sustainable Living Festival 2017 and 2018 ($15,000) – a festival including regional communities from Albany to Katanning.
  • Lower Great Southern Tourism Development Strategy ($32,600), which is a tourism strategy for the City of Albany, Shire of Denmark and Shire of Plantagenet.
  • Science awareness in the Great Southern ($7000) for the delivery of a program of science events.

Nationals WA candidate for Roe Peter Rundle said the Community Chest Fund provided voluntary organisations, educational institutions and community groups with grants of up to $50,000 to support local projects.

“This funding will support region-specific priorities that are driven by local communities to assist the development of infrastructure, services and community projects that help build vibrant regions with strong economies,” Mr Rundle.

Western Australia's nine regional development commissions oversee the projects, each being allocated an equal share from which to provide the Community Chest Fund grants.

“I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions investing in such a diverse range of projects,” Mr Waldron said. 

“I congratulate the board of the Great Southern Development Commission in their extraordinarily difficult task in selecting from the very many worthy projects that applied.”

The State Government, through the Royalties for Regions program, has invested $10 million into the Community Chest Fund (across four years). Contact your Regional Development Commission for more information or visit http://biggerpicture.regions.wa.gov.au/