Ex­mouth ex­plores its op­tions

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Nam­ing rights are one of a host of in­come sources the Shire of Ex­mouth may look into as it seeks ways to up­keep the $32 mil­lion Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre.

An NS ad­vi­sory draft busi­ness plan for the Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre pre­pared for the Shire in Au­gust high­lighted that, if fea­si­ble, nam­ing rights could be con­sid­ered among a num­ber of op­tions to help fi­nance the fa­cil­ity.

Shire of Ex­mouth chief ex­ec­u­tive Cameron Woods said this op­tion was not be­ing con­sid­ered cur­rently.

He said the new coun­cil would con­sider all op­tions mov­ing for­ward.

Last month WA Pre­mier Mark McGowan ruled out any State Gov­ern­ment as­sis­tance for up­keep of big-ticket Roy­al­ties for Re­gions projects.

Mr McGowan said far too lit­tle con­sid­er­a­tion had been given to the up­keep of “very large and im­pres­sive” projects.

“We’ve had a lot of coun­cils across Western Aus­tralia com­plain about the on­go­ing op­er­a­tional and main­te­nance costs of projects,” he said.

“They need to re­order their pri­or­i­ties in or­der to main­tain and op­er­ate th­ese fa­cil­i­ties that the State paid for.

“The State isn’t go­ing to pick up coun­cil re­spon­si­bil­i­ties out of the Roy­al­ties for Re­gions pro­gram.”

The in­quiry into the Bar­nett gov­ern­ment’s fi­nan­cial deal­ings, headed by for­mer un­der-trea­surer John Lan­goulant, is ex­pected to scru­ti­nise re­gional project fund­ing un­der the Roy­al­ties for Re­gions scheme.

Mr McGowan said he wanted Mr Lan­goulant to make rec­om­men­da­tions for avoid­ing such pit­falls.

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