MacTiernan lobbied over project funds
Uncertainty over the State Government’s plans for funding earmarked for amenity and development projects in Katanning has prompted a community group to lobby Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan for clarification.
The Katanning Action Network has started an online petition at change.org calling on Ms MacTiernan not to make cuts to Royalties for Regions funding for the Piesse Lake and Welcome Precinct developments in the town.
KAN chairwoman Andrea Salmond said this was important and necessary for the community to continue its growth and advancement.
After WAMMCO boss Coll MacRury’s revelations earlier this month the meat processor would struggle to continue to be viable in the face of increasing water supply costs, Ms MacTiernan told the Herald she thought securing the long-term sustainability of the town’s biggest employer should be a priority.
“I would have thought the local authority would have been much more concerned with ensuring this company, which is the largest employer, stays afloat, ” she said.
“Rather than expanding and upgrading playgrounds, keeping a major employer in town, I would have thought, would be the No.1 priority of the local government.”
The State Government has indicated they may look to use funding allocated to the the Shire of Katanning’s Welcome Precinct project, which includes a visitor centre and upgrades to the all-ages playground, to assist WAMMCO’s water security issues.
Shire president Liz Guidera said she attributed new business investment in Katanning including the Dome flour mill accommodation, to previous Royalties for Regions projects.
I would have thought the local authority would have been much more concerned with ensuring this company, which is the largest employer, stays afloat. Alannah MacTiernan
Alannah MacTiernan has been urged not to cut Royalties for Regions funding.