Partnership investment renews Geraldton foreshore

A $13.8 million investment partnership between the Federal Government, State Government and the City of Greater Geraldton Council will secure the future of the foreshore as the recreation and entertainment heart of the region.

Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean announced the project today while visiting the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute in Fremantle to launch the council’s Geraldton: From a Local to Global Regional City report.

Mr Crean said the council will receive $4.9 million through the second round of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) grant to bring the $13.8 million West End Recreation and Entertainment Precinct Revitalisation project to life.

“This project leverages a strong investment partnership to deliver economic and social benefits to the Geraldton region,” Mr Crean said.

“The foreshore is the heart of recreation and entertainment in Geraldton, and this $13.8 million redevelopment will deliver the economic benefits of attracting bigger and better public events, but will also improve social cohesion.

“The project has four elements, the Eastern Breakwater redevelopment, construction of a new multi-use community centre, development of the merry-go-round precinct and restoration of the Railway Station.

“The Railway Station, built in 1879, will be revitalised as a cultural and heritage hub offering training facilities for young people.

“This is a practical example of the type of project the Geraldton: From a Local to Global Regional City report is calling for – harnessing local knowledge to identify gaps in infrastructure and developing partnership investments to fund it.

“The report will help Geraldton forge a sustainable future with a plan to grow the economy and community.

“But no one government alone fund the massive demand for infrastructure. Such a view inevitably results in buck-passing, inaction and a blame game.

“The alternative is a partnership between the three levels of government, and where appropriate, the private sector.

“RDAF is more than a regional investment program, it is driving cultural change – demonstrating what is possible when you prioritise, build partnerships and leverage funding from a range of sources.”

In the past month, Mr Crean has visited Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia to announce $200 million in RDAF funding for 46 projects which leverage a total investment of $779 million.

The four successful Western Australia projects are:

  • $15 million to the Shire of Carnarvon towards the second stage of the $79.9 million Carnarvon Flood Mitigation Works;
  • $4.9 million to the City of Greater Geraldton towards the $13.8 million West End Recreation and Entertainment Precinct Revitalisation;
  • $2.5 million to St John Ambulance Australia (Western Australia) towards the $5 million North West Regional Office, Training and Ambulance Centre in Broome; and
  • $1.2 million to the Shire of Augusta, Margaret River towards the $5.9 million Margaret River Surfers Point Precinct Redevelopment.

The four projects will share in $23.6 million of RDAF funding but leverage other sources to deliver more than $104 million in total partnership investment.

Senator for Western Australia Louise Pratt said the Geraldton project will make an important contribution to the region.

“RDAF is already making a significant difference around regional Australia with $150 million distributed to 35 projects through Round One last year including $32.8 in Western Australia,” Senator Pratt said.

“Projects such as the West End revitalisation have been selected because they have leveraged funding and demonstrated clear long-term regional benefits, including jobs.”

More information on RDAF projects can be found at www.regional.gov.au

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