Manjimup royalty miss
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.