Improving social activities through the Pilbara Community Development projects

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Social inclusion in the Pilbara through Regional Development Investment

The Pilbara region has seen a significant change after the $93.5 million investment of Royalties for Regions into the Pilbara Community Development Projects (PCDPs).

PDCPs, which were managed by the four local governments in the Pilbara, helped address the needs in the local communities, which in some cases, had been awaiting for decades. Such needs include the enhancement of public amenities, safety and improving social and recreational opportunities in the Pilbara.

In 2012, an evaluation was undertaken to determine the effect PDCPs investment had made in the Pilbara region.

PCDP projects

Social inclusion in the Pilbara through Regional Development Investment

The Pilbara region has seen a significant change after the $93.5 million investment of Royalties for Regions into the Pilbara Community Development Projects (PCDPs).

PDCPs, which were managed by the four local governments in the Pilbara, helped address the needs in the local communities, which in some cases, had been awaiting for decades. Such needs include the enhancement of public amenities, safety and improving social and recreational opportunities in the Pilbara.

In 2012, an evaluation was undertaken to determine the effect PDCPs investment had made in the Pilbara region.

PCDP projects have had many positive benefits and, in general, many of the processes and approaches used for project planning and implementation were effective, efficient and appropriate.

What did the evaluation look at?

The evaluation looked at the social impact Royalties for Regions made through funding 17 community development projects in the Shires of Ashburton, East Pilbara, and City of Karratha (previously the Shire of Roebourne) as well as the Town of Port Hedland.

What did the evaluation find?

The evaluation found that the relatively small projects ranging between $75,000 and $4.5 million made a significant difference to Pilbara communities. One of the greatest impacts was the creation of community spaces, which increased community integration and enhanced opportunities for community members.

PCDPs have also shifted people’s perceptions of their towns and increased the community’s sense of pride. For people already living in the towns, the projects have made their stay more enjoyable, stating they would consider staying longer.

With local business owners stating: “I think [the new infrastructure has] changed a lot of people's perspective as they walk around town. They see it looking good and they get a bit of a skip in their step.”

Other benefits found from the PDCPs, include:

  • Increasing the capacity of the four local governments to manage projects and change.
  • Opportunities in business development and program expansion.
  • Opportunities to expand new creation and sporting facilities, and revitalising of town centres.

To read more on the PDCPs, click here or alternatively, read the communities experiences below.

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