Blueprint out­lines fu­ture of Gas­coyne

Pilbara News - - News - Ai­den Boy­ham

■ 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.

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