Calls for North West de­part­ment

Pilbara News - - News - Ben Leahy

The Pil­bara’s lo­cal govern­ments are urg­ing State au­thor­i­ties to cre­ate a new gov­ern­ment de­part­ment ded­i­cated to de­vel­op­ing WA’s North West by se­cur­ing Fed­eral grants.

Pil­bara Re­gional Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Fri­day said gov­ern­ment plan­ners in north Queens­land and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory were al­ready se­cur­ing large fund­ing grants from the North­ern Aus­tralia In­fra­struc­ture Fa­cil­ity fund.

Ap­proved by Fed­eral Par­lia­ment in May, the fund has made up to $5 bil­lion avail­able in the next five years for use in con­junc­tion with pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture projects, such as air­ports, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, en­ergy, ports, rail and wa­ter.

Cam­paign­ing ahead of the 2017 State elec­tion, Mr Fri­day has urged the ma­jor par­ties to cre­ate a new min­is­te­rial po­si­tion and de­part­ment charged with writ­ing up de­vel­op­ment pro­pos­als for the North West and se­cur­ing a fair share of NAIF fund­ing.

“(Pro­pos­als) are com­ing from north­ern Queens­land and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory at an in­cred­i­ble rate of knots, they have grand plans,” he said.

“(But) at the mo­ment, we stand to miss out on our share of those funds sim­ply be­cause of a lack of pro­pos­als.”

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