Man­jimup roy­alty miss

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page -

Back in Fe­bru­ary 2017, I contributed a let­ter to the edi­tor re­gard­ing the con­di­tion of recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties in Man­jimup, the Rae Park/Col­lier Street com­plex and the Man­jimup Recre­ation Ground.

Low and be­hold, in Oc­to­ber 2018, Man­jimup hosts the Na­tion­als WA State con­fer­ence with head­line guests Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Michael McCor­mack and Na­tion­als WA Party leader Mia Davies in at­ten­dance, with the head­line roy­al­ties hot topic of the visit on the front page on Oc­to­ber 17.

The ar­ti­cle quoted Mr McCor­mack: “. . . In com­ing to the re­gion, we could not help but see the ben­e­fits Roy­al­ties for Re­gions had brought to the area and it was dis­ap­point­ing to see the pro­gram in its cur­rent state”.

Did he have the op­por­tu­nity to view the cur­rent state of recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties and sport­ing ablu­tion blocks in Man­jimup?

It would ap­pear fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties un­der the pre­vi­ous roy­al­ties pro­gram did noth­ing to im­prove our dilapidated recre­ational precincts as was af­forded to Mt Barker, which now boasts a mod­ern sport­ing com­plex.

He added: “Why shouldn’t they (the re­gion) have ac­cess to recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties and the sport of ameni­ties and fa­cil­i­ties that met­ro­pol­i­tan peo­ple just, quite frankly, take for granted”.

I couldn’t agree more, Mr Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, but sub­stan­tial recre­ational in­fra­struc­ture projects do not ma­te­ri­alise on words alone, it re­quires sig­nif­i­cant com­mit­ment and drive, pre­dom­i­nantly at the Lo­cal Govern­ment level where all the mas­ter plans and strate­gic poli­cies lie in wait for ac­ti­va­tion to source fund­ing.

One would hope that Shire of Man­jimup, who had rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the con­fer­ence, would have taken the op­por­tu­nity to net­work with all the Na­tion­als dig­ni­taries to gain an in­sight to how the small com­mu­ni­ties of Mt Barker (pop­u­la­tion 1900, $3 mil­lion) and Pin­gelly (pop­u­la­tion 1100, $9 mil­lion) de­vel­oped sen­sa­tional up-to-date recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties.

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