CITY IN SPOT­LIGHT

South Western Times - - News -

Pro­mot­ing sus­tained growth in the South West was the key agenda item for the Na­tion­als WA team that vis­ited Bun­bury ear­lier this week.

Re­gional Cities spokesman Ian Blayney was joined by War­ren-Black­wood MLA Terry Red­man and South West MLC Colin Holt as the trio met with the Bun­bury City Coun­cil to learn the key is­sues im­pact­ing the re­gional city.

In Au­gust, the Na­tion­als WA cre­ated the Re­gional Cities port­fo­lio which shone a light on 11 re­gional cities. “Today we met with the Bun­bury coun­cil to find out what their as­pi­ra­tions are and learnt what in­vest­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity hur­dles can be over­come to as­sist their de­vel­op­ment pri­or­i­ties,” Mr Blayney said.

“The South West is val­ued at $13.5 bil­lion and at­tracts more than 2.5 mil­lion vis­i­tors an­nu­ally, de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion can con­trib­ute to the great life­style and strong economies of re­gional WA,” he said.

South West MLC Colin Holt said pop­u­la­tion growth was fun­da­men­tal.

“When you get peo­ple, you get ser­vices, restau­rants, en­ter­tain­ment and more, but you need govern­ment pol­icy to do it, so it is our aim to drive that,” he said.

“Good ed­u­ca­tion out­comes, good health out­comes and good job prospects, that’s what peo­ple move for or why they don’t leave the re­gions.”

As well as reignit­ing Roy­al­ties for Re­gions, the Na­tion­als WA are still pur­su­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of bring­ing a govern­ment depart­ment to the South West.

“The de­ci­sion to not have the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife fa­cil­ity in Bun­bury was a wrong one,” War­ren-Black­wood MLA Terry Red­man said.

“Ev­ery busi­ness in that main street of town that is go­ing through some pain right now would be wish­ing there was an ex­tra $25 mil­lion in­jected into the econ­omy.

“It would be hugely ben­e­fi­cial to have a govern­ment depart­ment in the South West, and hope­fully we can make that hap­pen.”

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