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Funding windfall for South West groups

Friday, 27 January 2017

A number of organisations are celebrating after receiving news they will receive Royalties for Regions funding from the South West Development Commission for local projects.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced nine organisations in the South West will share in $1.6million through the State Government's Regional Grants Scheme.

SWDC acting chief executive officer Anna Oades said the grants would provide a welcome financial hand, giving local groups the help they need to move forward with initiatives that will benefit the South West.

"These grants will lead to the provision of infrastructure and services that will make towns and cities in the region even better places to live," she said.

An example of a project which will receive assistance is the establishment of an all abilities edible bush foods garden at Roelands Village. The garden will provide opportunities ranging from tourism to training and education.

"It's about empowering local people to make a positive difference to the places they live in," Ms Oades said.

Ms Oades thanked all organisations which submitted an application for funding through the Regional Grants Scheme.

"We know it takes a lot of time and effort, and that a lot of thought goes into developing these applications by people, many of whom are volunteers," she said.

The Regional Grants Scheme supports initiatives that aim to attract investment, increase job opportunities and improve quality of life.

In the most recent round of the funding program, grants between $50,001 and $300,000 were available to assist with region-specific priorities.

SWDC works to make the South West an even better place to live, work and invest. For more information, visit www.swdc.wa.gov.au .

South West funding recipients include:

Vintage Home Town For Life $300,000 towards Balingup Vintage Aged Housing Expansion

Shire of Harvey $300,000 towards Harvey Community and Sporting Facility

Woolkabunning Kiaka $149,200 towards Roelands Village All Abilities Edible Bush Foods Garden and RESPECT Program

Warren Blackwood Alliance of Councils $222,483 towards Warren Blackwood Stock Route

Shire of Manjimup $68,825 towards Pioneer Park and Walpole/Nornalup Visitor Centre Enhancement Plan

South West Refuge $300,000 towards Refuge Value Add Project

Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation ─ $135,471 towards Breakaway Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Project

South West Aboriginal Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation ─ $78,046 towards SWAMS clinic alterations and additions to incorporate Mental Health Service

Morrissey Homestead ─ $50,000 towards extension to building and enclosed parking

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