Regional Development Investment in the Great Southern

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Royalties for Regions projects have created new jobs; built new and better infrastructure and facilities; and strengthened the areas of health services, education, aged persons care, and tourism.

Just as importantly, many of the projects mean that regional communities are now better connected and families are more likely to stay in regional WA rather than shift elsewhere to pursue other employment, education, health or retirement options.

Evaluations on housing and health demonstrate that Royalties for Regions funding has improved livability, housing affordability and generated a sense of community in the region. In addition projects such as Albany Community Hospice, New Hawthorn House and Katanning Town centre revitalisation have generated jobs, economic growth and built capabilities.

The case studies below illustrate the effect of Royalties for Regions funding within the Great Southern.

For information on the Great Southern region, visit the Great Southern Development Commission's website.

Royalties for Regions projects have created new jobs; built new and better infrastructure and facilities; and strengthened the areas of health services, education, aged persons care, and tourism.

Just as importantly, many of the projects mean that regional communities are now better connected and families are more likely to stay in regional WA rather than shift elsewhere to pursue other employment, education, health or retirement options.

Evaluations on housing and health demonstrate that Royalties for Regions funding has improved livability, housing affordability and generated a sense of community in the region. In addition projects such as Albany Community Hospice, New Hawthorn House and Katanning Town centre revitalisation have generated jobs, economic growth and built capabilities.

The case studies below illustrate the effect of Royalties for Regions funding within the Great Southern.

For information on the Great Southern region, visit the Great Southern Development Commission's website.

  • Attracting investment through the Katanning Town Centre Commercial and Streetscape Revitalisation Project

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    about 4 years ago

    Royalties for Regions provided $8.7 million to the Shire of Katanning to revitalise the Katanning Town Centre and help attract investors and residents to the WA’s Great Southern region.

    The Project specifically looked at developing the town square, roundabout and new town planning scheme as well as restoring heritage buildings.

    Part of the SuperTowns initiative, the Project improved the Shire’s capacity to attract business investment in Katanning. As a result, the Project has been a catalyst for creating jobs, building investor confidence in Katanning and increasing the Shire’s capacity to manage large projects.

    The Shire and local businesses have already felt the benefits of the Project in collaborative relationships and investment possibilities; “The town’s investment in basic infrastructure works was required for us to make our investment possible—otherwise it wouldn't have been feasible to do it.” And “Now Katanning has a much stronger collaborative relationship with utilities and other public services.”

    Click here to read about how Royalties for Regions has assisted to create a vibrant town centre for Katanning.

    Royalties for Regions provided $8.7 million to the Shire of Katanning to revitalise the Katanning Town Centre and help attract investors and residents to the WA’s Great Southern region.

    The Project specifically looked at developing the town square, roundabout and new town planning scheme as well as restoring heritage buildings.

    Part of the SuperTowns initiative, the Project improved the Shire’s capacity to attract business investment in Katanning. As a result, the Project has been a catalyst for creating jobs, building investor confidence in Katanning and increasing the Shire’s capacity to manage large projects.

    The Shire and local businesses have already felt the benefits of the Project in collaborative relationships and investment possibilities; “The town’s investment in basic infrastructure works was required for us to make our investment possible—otherwise it wouldn't have been feasible to do it.” And “Now Katanning has a much stronger collaborative relationship with utilities and other public services.”

    Click here to read about how Royalties for Regions has assisted to create a vibrant town centre for Katanning.

  • Constructing the World Class Munda Biddi Bicycle Trail

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    about 4 years ago

    Visitors now have the opportunity to experience the natural wonders of Western Australia’s southern regions thanks to the World Class Munda Biddi Bicycle Trail. The 1,000 km bicycle trail extends from Mundaring (in the Metropolitan area), through Peel and the South West regions down to Albany in the Great Southern, making it the world’s longest continuous off-road cycle track.

    The $3 million Royalties for Regions funded project passes as much as possible through regional towns, taking riders into local communities where they can use various services and facilities. This has allowed visitors to discover local communities and resulted in small businesses using a more integrated approach to tourism. With local businesses claiming, "I think for us personally [the most significant outcome] has been an increase in income because there are more people wanting to stay."

    To read more on how the Munda Biddi Trail helped tourism in Western Australia’s southern regions, click here.

    Visitors now have the opportunity to experience the natural wonders of Western Australia’s southern regions thanks to the World Class Munda Biddi Bicycle Trail. The 1,000 km bicycle trail extends from Mundaring (in the Metropolitan area), through Peel and the South West regions down to Albany in the Great Southern, making it the world’s longest continuous off-road cycle track.

    The $3 million Royalties for Regions funded project passes as much as possible through regional towns, taking riders into local communities where they can use various services and facilities. This has allowed visitors to discover local communities and resulted in small businesses using a more integrated approach to tourism. With local businesses claiming, "I think for us personally [the most significant outcome] has been an increase in income because there are more people wanting to stay."

    To read more on how the Munda Biddi Trail helped tourism in Western Australia’s southern regions, click here.

  • How the Albany Hospice is improving services

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    about 4 years ago

    Over $4.5 million of Royalties for Regions funding has been invested into the not-for-profit run Albany Community Hospice. Providing palliative care to patients in Albany and the Great Southern region, the Hospice looks to better cater to the growing needs of the elderly, with the population expected to increase to 20% by 2021.

    Due for completion in December 2016, the Hospice is expected to provide better facilities, and gain extra benefits of being located next to the Albany Health Campus, including opportunities for staff and volunteers. “[The Hospice relocation] allows staff to mix, network and knowledge share. This increases the innovation and quality of care and learning of staff.” The future of the Hospice looks bright for patients and staff, with the benefits of the Hospice being able to provide a wider variety of care. “At the moment they just do end of life care. But it will be able to extend into more specialised care. The extra staff will be the enabler of this.”

    The future of the Hospice looks bright for patients and staff, with the benefits of the Hospice being able to provide a wider variety of care. “At the moment they just do end of life care. But it will be able to extend into more specialised care. The extra staff will be the enabler of this.”

    To read more on how the Albany Community Hospice’s relocation has made a difference to the Great Southern region, click here.

    Over $4.5 million of Royalties for Regions funding has been invested into the not-for-profit run Albany Community Hospice. Providing palliative care to patients in Albany and the Great Southern region, the Hospice looks to better cater to the growing needs of the elderly, with the population expected to increase to 20% by 2021.

    Due for completion in December 2016, the Hospice is expected to provide better facilities, and gain extra benefits of being located next to the Albany Health Campus, including opportunities for staff and volunteers. “[The Hospice relocation] allows staff to mix, network and knowledge share. This increases the innovation and quality of care and learning of staff.” The future of the Hospice looks bright for patients and staff, with the benefits of the Hospice being able to provide a wider variety of care. “At the moment they just do end of life care. But it will be able to extend into more specialised care. The extra staff will be the enabler of this.”

    The future of the Hospice looks bright for patients and staff, with the benefits of the Hospice being able to provide a wider variety of care. “At the moment they just do end of life care. But it will be able to extend into more specialised care. The extra staff will be the enabler of this.”

    To read more on how the Albany Community Hospice’s relocation has made a difference to the Great Southern region, click here.

  • Improving dementia services in Albany's New Hawthorn House

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    about 4 years ago

    The re-design and construction of the Hawthorn House in Albany has resulted in improved responses to the demand for dementia services.

    The completion of the $0.99 million Royalties for Regions funded project has allowed Alzheimer’s Australia Western Australia (AAWA) to design and construct the New Hawthorn House facility. This has since provided cost efficiencies and AAWA to use the site as a ‘pilot’ operating model to showcase best practice dementia care, education and capacity building.

    The new Hawthorn House has provided cost savings, with staff claiming “…no rent, less maintenance fees, energy costs, water costs etc. The new building is...

    The re-design and construction of the Hawthorn House in Albany has resulted in improved responses to the demand for dementia services.

    The completion of the $0.99 million Royalties for Regions funded project has allowed Alzheimer’s Australia Western Australia (AAWA) to design and construct the New Hawthorn House facility. This has since provided cost efficiencies and AAWA to use the site as a ‘pilot’ operating model to showcase best practice dementia care, education and capacity building.

    The new Hawthorn House has provided cost savings, with staff claiming “…no rent, less maintenance fees, energy costs, water costs etc. The new building is much more sustainable and efficient.” These cost savings allow Hawthorn House to focus on providing better services for dementia patients.

    The success of Hawthorn House has also resulted in a new operating model, which looks at increasing staff and volunteer capacity to effectively run operations. The change in operating models has resulted in community interest, with current staff claiming “We had a lot of enquiries from people wanting to work here. This didn't happen before.”

    The new facility will also increase Hawthorn House’s capacity to better meet staff and volunteer requirements to effectively run its operations.

    To read more on how Hawthorn House is providing better dementia care in the Great Southern, click here.