MacTier­nan lob­bied over project funds

Great Southern Herald - - News - John Dob­son

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

Pic­ture: Nic El­lis

Alan­nah MacTier­nan has been urged not to cut Roy­al­ties for Re­gions fund­ing.

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