$180m in fund­ing de­fended

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - David Sal­vaire

The City of Man­durah has wel­comed the State Gov­ern­ment’s $180 mil­lion fund­ing boost for Peel, amid anger from some lead­ers over the city’s re­gional sta­tus.

In a ma­jor shake-up for the Roy­al­ties for Re­gions pro­gram, the city emerged as a win­ner in the Septem­ber Bud­get, with sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing for projects such as the Man­durah Train Sta­tion.

Dur­ing a visit to Man­durah last week, Premier Mark McGowan said he sup­ported the re­gion and was com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing jobs and im­prov­ing health and ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices.

“The Gov­ern­ment will pro­vide on­go­ing sup­port to en­able the Peel re­gion to con­tinue to grow into the fu­ture,” he said.

“In ad­di­tion to key in­fra­struc­ture projects, I’m pleased we’re also in­vest­ing in other ini­tia­tives such as des­ti­na­tion mar­ket­ing to di­ver­sify our econ­omy. Peel is a des­ti­na­tion in its own right and a grow­ing re­gion that will ben­e­fit from tourism ef­forts — at­tract­ing vis­i­tors and cre­at­ing jobs.”

After the re­lease of the Bud­get, re­gional lead­ers in the Gold­fields and the Mid West voiced their con­cern over Man­durah’s list­ing as a re­gional city.

How­ever, Man­durah Mayor Ma­rina Ver­gone said the City re­mained of the view it should be classed as a re­gional area as de­fined in the Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sions Act 1993.

“As the cap­i­tal of the Peel re­gion, Man­durah plays an im­por­tant ser­vice cen­tre role to the Peel and is sur­rounded by ru­ral and min­ing in­dus­tries,” she said. “As WA’s third-high­est on­shore min­er­als-pro­duc­ing re­gion by value (after the Pil­bara and Gold­fields), the Peel re­gion also pro­vides sig­nif­i­cant gold, alu­mina, sil­ver and cop­per roy­al­ties to the State Gov­ern­ment. Man­durah is the pri­mary labour force provider to these in­dus­tries.” Ms Ver­gone said the City was pleased with the fund­ing al­lo­ca­tion, which in­cluded projects like the Peel Youth Med­i­cal Ser­vice Health Hub and the East­ern Fore­shore re­de­vel­op­ment.

Man­durah MLA David Tem­ple­man echoed Ms Ver­gone’s com­ments the city was a key con­trib­u­tor to the Peel re­gion and said the Bud­get would also de­liver arts ex­po­sure to the area.

“This State Bud­get pro­vides fund­ing to sup­port the de­liv­ery of the Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ments and will help re­gional ar­eas in­clud­ing Peel,” he said.

“As an art en­thu­si­ast, I’m par­tic- ularly keen to see the roll-out of more tour­ing art ex­hi­bi­tions, which will be boosted with $8 mil­lion in fund­ing over the next six years.

“This is im­por­tant in en­sur­ing peo­ple liv­ing out­side of the metropoli­tan re­gion have in­creased ac­cess to cul­ture and the arts.”

Pic­ture: Cale Black

Premier Mark McGowan with Mur­ray-Welling­ton MLA Robyn Clarke and Pin­jarra res­i­dents.

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