Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
Evidence And Planning Crucial To Regional Growth
Victor P Taffa
With strong growth forecast in the Greater Geraldton Area, Extensive Planning and Co-ordination was required to support Major Economic and Social Infrastructure Projects.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls today expressed support for the City of Geraldton-Greenough’s planning endeavours, providing the first instalment of Royalties for Regions Mid West Regional Grants Scheme funding for the Sustainable Future City project.
“This cheque for $15,000 is part of an overall amount of $390,000 and the project will provide essential planning to support the city’s growing population in coming decades.” Mr. Grylls said.
“This contribution is part of $90,000 of Regional Grants Scheme funding specifically aimed at developing robust population, demographic and economic projections for Geraldton and the Broader Region.”
“The results will provide a sound basis for planning the services and infrastructure required to support significant growth which may result from Oakajee and the Resources Sector.” Mr. Grylls said.
The Mid West Development Commission will also capitalise on the data generated by these plans, using it to support the development of a Mid West Investment Plan that will determine infrastructure investment priorities for its region.
According to Commission Chairman Murray Criddle, the Sustainable Future City project and Mid West Investment Plan both sought to ensure the best possible decisions were made and residents were well positioned to maximise opportunities resulting from the region’s growth.
“This is an unprecedented time for the region and we must get it right.” Mr. Criddle said.
“With proper integrated planning and co-ordination, the region stands to gain immensely and we want to ensure we make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
The Minister also inspected the site of the new Geraldton-Greenough Library relocation, which received $300,000 in round one of the Mid West Regional Grants Scheme.