Show of sup­port for Esper­ance jetty project

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Joanna De­la­lande

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.

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