Show of support for Esperance jetty project
Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson says a positive response from Federal Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Andrew Broad suggests Esperance’s jetty project is in good stead to receive crucial funding.
Mr Broad, also the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, was in Esperance this week to visit project sites and meet with key infrastructure stakeholders.
He will be on the committee that will decide how to allocate the $200 million towards regional infrastructure projects across the nation through the Building Better Regions Fund, for which the Shire of Esperance is preparing an application.
Mr Wilson said in reiterating his strong support for the proposed new jetty, he felt he had convinced the minister of its importance to the community.
“Our first stop straight from the airport was to the jetty, we took a boat tour right up to and around the jetty to see first-hand the condition of it ourselves,” he said.
“The minister was then briefed on the importance of the jetty to the community by numerous stakeholders throughout the day.” Mr Broad told stakeholders the BBRF had $45 million set aside for tourism infrastructure.
He said the jetty was in line with some of the projects the Federal Government would fund under the program, particularly with regards to its tourism appeal.
“I reckon (Rick Wilson) is in with a good shot,” he said.
“Seeing the jetty myself I could tell first-hand the old jetty’s days are behind it.”
Mr Wilson said he was working with the Shire of Esperance to ensure its application to the BBRF was “robust”.
“It is my understanding the project will cost $7.5 million, that the Shire of Esperance has $3.5 million ready to go, and that they are applying for the full balance of $4 million in their BBRF application,” he said.
“So if they are successful, it means Esperance will have a new, usable jetty to enjoy again.”
Mr Broad said other issues that had been brought to his attention deserved some consideration by the Federal Government, notably the State Barrier Fence for wild dog control, the importance of telecommunications to the agricultural industry, black spot funding and important road infrastructure.