Regional Development Investment in the Mid West

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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.

The case studies below illustrate the effect of Royalties for Regions funding in the Mid West.

For information on the Mid West region, visit the Mid West 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.

The case studies below illustrate the effect of Royalties for Regions funding in the Mid West.

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

  • Building capacity at the City of Greater Geraldton

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    about 4 years ago

    The Place Road/Flores Road intersection upgrade has provided the staff at the City of Greater Geraldton skills, experiences and networks to deliver major capital works projects.

    The Royalties for Regions funded project received over $3 million to help upgrade the Place Road/Flores Road intersection. The project looked at upgrading the double ‘T’ intersection, which is now a four-way intersection controlled by lights and is accessible to 36.5 metre trucks.

    Despite previous failed attempts due to complexity, the project was successfully completed in 2012.
    It provided numerous opportunities for learning and developing networks as the City worked closely with public sector agencies and private contractors and consultants. The networks and skills gained through this project has been instrumental in the City undertaking approximately $100 million worth of additional projects.

    Click here to read more on how the Place Road/Flores Road upgrade built staff capacity within the City of Greater Geraldton.

    The Place Road/Flores Road intersection upgrade has provided the staff at the City of Greater Geraldton skills, experiences and networks to deliver major capital works projects.

    The Royalties for Regions funded project received over $3 million to help upgrade the Place Road/Flores Road intersection. The project looked at upgrading the double ‘T’ intersection, which is now a four-way intersection controlled by lights and is accessible to 36.5 metre trucks.

    Despite previous failed attempts due to complexity, the project was successfully completed in 2012.
    It provided numerous opportunities for learning and developing networks as the City worked closely with public sector agencies and private contractors and consultants. The networks and skills gained through this project has been instrumental in the City undertaking approximately $100 million worth of additional projects.

    Click here to read more on how the Place Road/Flores Road upgrade built staff capacity within the City of Greater Geraldton.

  • Centre for Rural and Remote Health Education

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    about 4 years ago

    Research into rural, remote and Aboriginal health is being improved thanks to the $1.1 million investment from Royalties for Regions.

    The extension and upgrade of the existing Western Australian Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) has provided innovative learning technology. It has also provided the potential for WACRH to earn extra income by either renting the facilities on a fee-for-service basis, or using them to deliver training programs for other organisations.

    The biggest impact seen from upgrading the WACRH is the way students are trained. Students are being trained more innovatively through the use of state-of-the-art simulation technology and video resources. Such resources allow students to become work-ready and enjoy the learning experience.

    Students have taken well to the use new of technology, with feedback being received; “…they had some very good experience that they highly recommend, they enjoyed the experience and now are interested in roles in rural healthcare.”

    To read more on why students enjoying learning at the Western Australian Centre for Rural Health, click here.

    Research into rural, remote and Aboriginal health is being improved thanks to the $1.1 million investment from Royalties for Regions.

    The extension and upgrade of the existing Western Australian Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) has provided innovative learning technology. It has also provided the potential for WACRH to earn extra income by either renting the facilities on a fee-for-service basis, or using them to deliver training programs for other organisations.

    The biggest impact seen from upgrading the WACRH is the way students are trained. Students are being trained more innovatively through the use of state-of-the-art simulation technology and video resources. Such resources allow students to become work-ready and enjoy the learning experience.

    Students have taken well to the use new of technology, with feedback being received; “…they had some very good experience that they highly recommend, they enjoyed the experience and now are interested in roles in rural healthcare.”

    To read more on why students enjoying learning at the Western Australian Centre for Rural Health, click here.

  • How the Greenough River Solar Farm is helping the local economy

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    about 4 years ago

    The $10 million Royalties for Regions funded project is helping to generate job opportunities and additional revenue for the local economy in the City of Greater Geraldton.

    Now, one of the largest solar farms in Australia, the Greenough River Solar Farm produces up to 10 megawatts of renewable energy from the sun. With 2 megawatts being able to provide enough energy to run approximately 400 homes, the Solar Farm can power approximately 20,000 homes.
    (source: http://www.climatecentral.org/blogs/helpful-energy-comparisons-anyone)

    During the construction of the Solar Farm, work was provided for up to 150 people, majority being sourced from the local area. As well as the creation of jobs, the Solar Farm also helped generate millions of dollars for the City of Greater Geraldton. This is through the alliance being made with suppliers and local contractors from Geraldton. In turn, this has helped the local economy and region thrive.

    To read more on how the Greenough River Solar Farm is helping the local economy, click here.

    The $10 million Royalties for Regions funded project is helping to generate job opportunities and additional revenue for the local economy in the City of Greater Geraldton.

    Now, one of the largest solar farms in Australia, the Greenough River Solar Farm produces up to 10 megawatts of renewable energy from the sun. With 2 megawatts being able to provide enough energy to run approximately 400 homes, the Solar Farm can power approximately 20,000 homes.
    (source: http://www.climatecentral.org/blogs/helpful-energy-comparisons-anyone)

    During the construction of the Solar Farm, work was provided for up to 150 people, majority being sourced from the local area. As well as the creation of jobs, the Solar Farm also helped generate millions of dollars for the City of Greater Geraldton. This is through the alliance being made with suppliers and local contractors from Geraldton. In turn, this has helped the local economy and region thrive.

    To read more on how the Greenough River Solar Farm is helping the local economy, click here.

  • Increasing mobile communication access in Yalgoo

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    almost 4 years ago

    Social, business and health improvement are being realised thanks to the Royalties for Regions investment into a communication tower in the Shire of Yalgoo.

    Completed in 2014, the communication tower now provides coverage extending up to 40km from the town. The Yalgoo community has responded positively to the project, with several benefits being realised, including; efficiencies in emergency services responding to emergencies, a decrease in the sense of isolation in the town and local businesses being able to use a full range of services to benefit their business.

    Social, business and health improvement are being realised thanks to the Royalties for Regions investment into a communication tower in the Shire of Yalgoo.

    Completed in 2014, the communication tower now provides coverage extending up to 40km from the town. The Yalgoo community has responded positively to the project, with several benefits being realised, including; efficiencies in emergency services responding to emergencies, a decrease in the sense of isolation in the town and local businesses being able to use a full range of services to benefit their business.

  • Providing learning and support at the Bidi Bidi Centre

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    about 4 years ago

    Royalties for Regions (RfR) invested more than $1.4 million in the Bidi Bidi Centre (Centre) to provide intensive one-on-one learning programs, support and care for Aboriginal women and children.

    Aboriginal women and children in the Shire of Mt Magnet are now receiving intense one-on-one education and support through the Bidi Bidi Centre. In partnership with over 20 community and health groups in the area, the Centre provides a safe place for mothers and grandmothers to attend and participate, as well as a safe learning environment for children.

    Previously community members weren’t as comfortable to use the Centre. Now, the community has seen a transformation with regular groups of mothers, grandmothers and children attending. Attendance at the Centre has helped reinforce the message that the Centre is a safe place for women who may need help or somewhere to go: “Now, instead of people being reluctant to talk to me, when I visit their homes, they call out for me to come in. That is a major step. We have broken down many perceived barriers.”

    To read more about how Royalties for Regions helped support the Bidi Bidi Centre, click here.

    Royalties for Regions (RfR) invested more than $1.4 million in the Bidi Bidi Centre (Centre) to provide intensive one-on-one learning programs, support and care for Aboriginal women and children.

    Aboriginal women and children in the Shire of Mt Magnet are now receiving intense one-on-one education and support through the Bidi Bidi Centre. In partnership with over 20 community and health groups in the area, the Centre provides a safe place for mothers and grandmothers to attend and participate, as well as a safe learning environment for children.

    Previously community members weren’t as comfortable to use the Centre. Now, the community has seen a transformation with regular groups of mothers, grandmothers and children attending. Attendance at the Centre has helped reinforce the message that the Centre is a safe place for women who may need help or somewhere to go: “Now, instead of people being reluctant to talk to me, when I visit their homes, they call out for me to come in. That is a major step. We have broken down many perceived barriers.”

    To read more about how Royalties for Regions helped support the Bidi Bidi Centre, click here.

  • Providing long distance education at the Geraldton Universities Centre

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    about 4 years ago

    The combination of online and face-to-face classroom teaching held at the Geraldton Universities Centre (GUC) is ideal for rural students. The Royalties for Regions investment of over $4 million has allowed the Centre to develop new courses, attract new students and build new facilities.

    The GUC operates on a long-distance model, forming partnerships with universities around Australia and the world. Royalties for Regions investment has allowed the GUC to expand facilities, build capacity and plan for a sustainable future.

    The RfR-funded expansion of the GUC means it has created an operation that is attractive to potential and current partners, and given it increased confidence and capacity to attract new university partners from around Australia.

    "…It gives confidence to students that they will still be here throughout their whole degree. This is very important for student attractiveness and for parent confidence to send their students here."

    To read more on how the Geraldton Universities Centre is providing education to rural students, click here.

    The combination of online and face-to-face classroom teaching held at the Geraldton Universities Centre (GUC) is ideal for rural students. The Royalties for Regions investment of over $4 million has allowed the Centre to develop new courses, attract new students and build new facilities.

    The GUC operates on a long-distance model, forming partnerships with universities around Australia and the world. Royalties for Regions investment has allowed the GUC to expand facilities, build capacity and plan for a sustainable future.

    The RfR-funded expansion of the GUC means it has created an operation that is attractive to potential and current partners, and given it increased confidence and capacity to attract new university partners from around Australia.

    "…It gives confidence to students that they will still be here throughout their whole degree. This is very important for student attractiveness and for parent confidence to send their students here."

    To read more on how the Geraldton Universities Centre is providing education to rural students, click here.

  • Upgrading the historic Yalgoo Cemetery

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    about 4 years ago

    With help from the $30,000 investment of Royalties for Regions, the Shire of Yalgoo has been able to upgrade the Yalgoo cemetery. Specifically, funding has allowed the Shire to clear vegetation, provide signage, identify 100 year old burial sites and provide better funeral facilities.

    The cemetery upgrade faced some challenges, including the upgrade of the adjacent highway, clearing of vegetation, and identifying burial sites which date back to the gold rush period in the 1890’s.

    Despite such challenges, the Shire prevailed through with community involvement, in particular community consultations. The success of the upgrade has built community pride, with Shire staff claiming “…we are extremely proud of what we have delivered.”

    To read more on how the Yalgoo cemetery upgrade helped bring pride to the Shire of Yalgoo staff, click here.

    With help from the $30,000 investment of Royalties for Regions, the Shire of Yalgoo has been able to upgrade the Yalgoo cemetery. Specifically, funding has allowed the Shire to clear vegetation, provide signage, identify 100 year old burial sites and provide better funeral facilities.

    The cemetery upgrade faced some challenges, including the upgrade of the adjacent highway, clearing of vegetation, and identifying burial sites which date back to the gold rush period in the 1890’s.

    Despite such challenges, the Shire prevailed through with community involvement, in particular community consultations. The success of the upgrade has built community pride, with Shire staff claiming “…we are extremely proud of what we have delivered.”

    To read more on how the Yalgoo cemetery upgrade helped bring pride to the Shire of Yalgoo staff, click here.