South West priorities on the radar

Trust members Karlie Mucjanko, Tim Shanahan, Stuart Hicks, Kate Chaney and Paul Farrell take a look at the development under way on the Busselton foreshore.

Trust members Karlie Mucjanko, Tim Shanahan, Stuart Hicks, Kate Chaney and Paul Farrell take a look at the development under way on the Busselton foreshore.

The Western Australian Regional Development Trust has wrapped up a two day visit to the South West.

The group visited the region on June 8 and June 9, where they spent their time being briefed on the South West regional priorities and local projects.

The Western Australian Regional Development Trust is an independent statutory advisory body established under the Royalties for Regions Act (2009) that provides advice on the

Royalties for Regions Fund to the Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan. 

Trust members had a chance to view a Royalties for Regions investments when they visited the Augusta Boat Harbour.

Members also toured the Busselton Margaret River Regional Airport and Busselton foreshore, both of which are currently being developed to unlock economic and social opportunities for the South West as the population grows.

During their time in the region, trust members were hosted by the South West Development Commission, which set the agenda for the visit.

The South West Development Commission partners with communities, government, business and industry to identify and support projects that benefit the region.

South West Development Commission acting chief executive officer Anna Oades said it was a privilege to host the group in the region and give members a chance to see first hand the great work being done to secure regional prosperity.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for the trust to develop a greater understanding of the South West and its priority projects, as well as how the commission adds value to these projects,” Ms Oades said.

“Though the briefings and site visits were held in the Vasse sub-region,

the South West as a whole was promoted including projects such as the transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront initiative and various new housing developments for seniors.”

Trust chairman Tim Shanahan said the trust members gained valuable insight into the priorities that the region had for promoting jobs and economic growth.

“The South West of Western Australia is a dynamic, optimistic and capable region that is forging its own future and contributing materially to the growth of the State,” Mr Shanahan said.

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