Regional Development Investment in the Kimberley

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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 and case studies indicate that Royalties for Regions funding has contributed to the wellbeing of remote Aboriginal communities, improved employment opportunities and provided opportunities to improve children's literacy. In addition, funding for housing for non-government organisation staff has been instrumental in ensuring the continuation of important services to the Kimberley region. Health services in the Kimberley have also been improved through Royalties for Regions investment with some areas such as drug and alcohol support, mental health, indigenous health and ambulance services benefiting.

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

For information on the Kimberley region, visit the Kimberley 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 and case studies indicate that Royalties for Regions funding has contributed to the wellbeing of remote Aboriginal communities, improved employment opportunities and provided opportunities to improve children's literacy. In addition, funding for housing for non-government organisation staff has been instrumental in ensuring the continuation of important services to the Kimberley region. Health services in the Kimberley have also been improved through Royalties for Regions investment with some areas such as drug and alcohol support, mental health, indigenous health and ambulance services benefiting.

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

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

  • Helping remote communities thrive in regional Western Australia

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    about 4 years ago

    Communities are thriving in regional Western Australia through the EON Thriving Communities Program. EON looks at helping communities set up and develop edible gardens, growing fruit and vegetables. Community members are trained to maintain the gardens and gain a better understanding on the importance on healthy eating.

    Through the $1.6 million contribution from Royalties for Regions, the Program was able to expand from the original six communities it worked in, to a total of 16 remote Aboriginal communities; 13 in the Kimberley and three in the Pilbara.

    As well as training community members, EON was able to create employment opportunities, through the appointment of a full-time Chief Executive Officer and financial controller, the expansion of its board and refining of governance structures. This lead to EON being able to focus on the future: Royalties for Regions has enabled EON to grow—it gave funding security for the entire four-year program. This frees up a lot of capacity as we don’t need to constantly apply for grants.”

    Click here to find out how Royalties for Regions helped the EON Thriving Communities Program.

    Communities are thriving in regional Western Australia through the EON Thriving Communities Program. EON looks at helping communities set up and develop edible gardens, growing fruit and vegetables. Community members are trained to maintain the gardens and gain a better understanding on the importance on healthy eating.

    Through the $1.6 million contribution from Royalties for Regions, the Program was able to expand from the original six communities it worked in, to a total of 16 remote Aboriginal communities; 13 in the Kimberley and three in the Pilbara.

    As well as training community members, EON was able to create employment opportunities, through the appointment of a full-time Chief Executive Officer and financial controller, the expansion of its board and refining of governance structures. This lead to EON being able to focus on the future: Royalties for Regions has enabled EON to grow—it gave funding security for the entire four-year program. This frees up a lot of capacity as we don’t need to constantly apply for grants.”

    Click here to find out how Royalties for Regions helped the EON Thriving Communities Program.

  • How the Derby Visitors Centre is helping tourism in the Kimberley

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    about 4 years ago

    Tourism is projected to rise in the Kimberley region after the Derby Visitor Centre refurbishing. The $200,000 Royalties for Regions funded project provides tourist information, coach and accommodation bookings, as well as selling souvenirs and tourism-related merchandise.

    The Centre is expected to benefit the community by providing additional opportunities, including growth in tourism for Derby and surrounds. Through relocating the visitors centre, the community was reminded of the importance of tourism to the local economy and tourism related opportunities.

    “…Because of the higher profile of tourism through the centre, it has built a momentum building exercise—people drive past and the locals see the car park full and they think that's great—it's a snowball effect. It makes it visible for the community.

    To read more information on how Royalties for Regions helped the Derby Visitors Centre, click here.

    Tourism is projected to rise in the Kimberley region after the Derby Visitor Centre refurbishing. The $200,000 Royalties for Regions funded project provides tourist information, coach and accommodation bookings, as well as selling souvenirs and tourism-related merchandise.

    The Centre is expected to benefit the community by providing additional opportunities, including growth in tourism for Derby and surrounds. Through relocating the visitors centre, the community was reminded of the importance of tourism to the local economy and tourism related opportunities.

    “…Because of the higher profile of tourism through the centre, it has built a momentum building exercise—people drive past and the locals see the car park full and they think that's great—it's a snowball effect. It makes it visible for the community.

    To read more information on how Royalties for Regions helped the Derby Visitors Centre, click here.

  • Providing Books in the Kimberley Homes

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    about 4 years ago

    Royalties for Regions provided $320,000 to support the Books in Kimberley Homes Program. The Program aims to engage disadvantaged students more in learning and improved literacy through providing a greater access to books.

    The support through Royalties for Regions funding enabled the purchase and distribution of books personally chosen by students, resulting in more books to be available in students’ homes.

    The Program has been well received, with staff claiming: "We needed to be able to showcase a successful Program in the schools. It gave us credibility and profile. It proved that we can deliver a Program in remote Australia—which is challenging."

    For more information on how Royalties for Regions helped provide Books in Kimberley Homes, click here.

    Royalties for Regions provided $320,000 to support the Books in Kimberley Homes Program. The Program aims to engage disadvantaged students more in learning and improved literacy through providing a greater access to books.

    The support through Royalties for Regions funding enabled the purchase and distribution of books personally chosen by students, resulting in more books to be available in students’ homes.

    The Program has been well received, with staff claiming: "We needed to be able to showcase a successful Program in the schools. It gave us credibility and profile. It proved that we can deliver a Program in remote Australia—which is challenging."

    For more information on how Royalties for Regions helped provide Books in Kimberley Homes, click here.

  • Retaining staff through refurbishing the Kimberley Land Council Aboriginal Corporation

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    about 4 years ago

    The Kimberley Land Council Office has been redeveloped and refurbished thanks to the Royalties for Regions contribution of nearly $4 million. The funds were used to design and build a purpose-built office which is expected to enhance the Kimberley Land Council’s workforce capacity by providing the space, resources and facilities to retain staff and ensure improved performance.

    The Office was previously spread across four separate locations which affected its ability to operate effectively and provide a positive work environment for staff. Now, the Office has been refurbished and fitted out with IT and communications; furniture and fittings; landscaping, parking and security.

    The Office refurbishment is expected to improve employee’s wellbeing and attitude, with some of the benefits already being realised. “We can already see that people are thrilled and looking forward to it…Staff are very excited about it. It goes without saying that what it will do for staff morale is incredible.”

    To learn more on how Royalties for Regions has helped retain staff through the refurbishing of the Kimberley Land Council Office, click here.

    The Kimberley Land Council Office has been redeveloped and refurbished thanks to the Royalties for Regions contribution of nearly $4 million. The funds were used to design and build a purpose-built office which is expected to enhance the Kimberley Land Council’s workforce capacity by providing the space, resources and facilities to retain staff and ensure improved performance.

    The Office was previously spread across four separate locations which affected its ability to operate effectively and provide a positive work environment for staff. Now, the Office has been refurbished and fitted out with IT and communications; furniture and fittings; landscaping, parking and security.

    The Office refurbishment is expected to improve employee’s wellbeing and attitude, with some of the benefits already being realised. “We can already see that people are thrilled and looking forward to it…Staff are very excited about it. It goes without saying that what it will do for staff morale is incredible.”

    To learn more on how Royalties for Regions has helped retain staff through the refurbishing of the Kimberley Land Council Office, click here.

  • Retaining staff in the Kimberley through NGO Housing

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    almost 4 years ago

    Royalties for Regions funded Non-Government Organisation (NGO) housing in the Kimberley has seen the attraction and retention of vital staff. Previously staff were required to live in caravan parks or stay with other staff, which wasn’t always appealing to job seekers.

    NGO housing was able to retain staff through providing some stability around living arrangements, with job seekers claiming “housing attached to the employment is one of the reasons that attracted me to the job here…” From attracting such staff, the region is able to handle pressures; including increasing mental health issues.

    NGO staff have claimed that the available housing has made “a world of difference”.

    Royalties for Regions funded Non-Government Organisation (NGO) housing in the Kimberley has seen the attraction and retention of vital staff. Previously staff were required to live in caravan parks or stay with other staff, which wasn’t always appealing to job seekers.

    NGO housing was able to retain staff through providing some stability around living arrangements, with job seekers claiming “housing attached to the employment is one of the reasons that attracted me to the job here…” From attracting such staff, the region is able to handle pressures; including increasing mental health issues.

    NGO staff have claimed that the available housing has made “a world of difference”.