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Regional priorities in focus as Trust visits region

Friday, 16 June 2017

An influential group which provides independent advice to the State Government on the allocation of Royalties for Regions funds has visited the South West.

The Western Australian Regional Development Trust spent two days earlier this month (June 8 and 9) being briefed on the South West, regional priorities and local projects.

Members had a chance to view a Royalties for Regions investment when they visited the Augusta Boat Harbour.

They also toured the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport and Busselton foreshore, both of which are being developed to unlock economic and social opportunities for the South West as the population grows.

During their time in the region, Trust members were hosted by the South West Development Commission, which set the agenda for the visit.

SWDC acting chief executive officer Anna Oades said it was a privilege to host the group in the region and give members a chance to see first-hand the great work being done to secure regional prosperity.

"This was a fantastic opportunity for the Trust to develop a greater understanding of the South West and its priority projects, as well as how the Commission adds value to these projects," Ms Oades said.

"Though the briefings and site visits were held in the Vasse sub-region, the South West as a whole was promoted including projects such as the Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront initiative and various new housing developments for seniors."

Trust chairman Tim Shanahan said Trust members gained valuable insight into the priorities that the region had for promoting jobs and economic growth.

"The South West of Western Australia is a dynamic, optimistic and capable region that is forging its own future and contributing materially to the growth of the State," Mr Shanahan said.

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