Blueprint outlines future of Gascoyne
■ The future of the Gascoyne has been highlighted with the release of the Gascoyne Regional Investment Blueprint, as the Committee for Economic Development of Australia and the Gascoyne Development Commission both held forums in Carnarvon last week.
CEDA kicked off the program on November 5 with the Future of the Gascoyne forum, as Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman unveiled the blueprint.
Detailing a “transformational” six-pillar approach, the regional investment blueprint aims to guide the region’s growth and prosperity through to 2050.
“Following extensive consultation, regional priorities were established, including boosting agriculture, tourism and developing small business, to help create jobs and drive economic growth,” Mr Redman said.
The six pillars which have been identified as the keys to securing the prosperity of the Gascoyne are: developing industries and markets; improving regional accessibility and connectivity; advancing human capacity and knowledge; encouraging innovation; developing Aboriginal and small business economic capacity; and enhancing health and lifestyle. As per the blueprint’s Vision 2050 section, the Gascoyne’s population is expected to more than double to 23,000 people by 2050.
Gross regional product is also expected to double from $869 million in 2015 to $1.74 billion by 2050.
“The GDC is already working closely with all levels of government, business and community to develop a number of highpriority projects that will be researched and investment-ready,” Mr Redman said.
Development of the blueprint took 18 months to complete.
The full 160-page blueprint can be seen on the GDC’s website at www.gdc.wa.gov.au.