Regional Development Investment in the Pilbara

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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 stories below illustrate the effect of Royalties for Regions funding within the Pilbara.

For more information on the Pilbara region, visit the Pilbara 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 stories below illustrate the effect of Royalties for Regions funding within the Pilbara.

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

  • It caters for families and a whole range of age groups

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    almost 4 years ago

    As part of the Community Development Projects for the City of Karratha, the Youth Shed looked at supporting local youth at risk of harm. This was through providing a facility to cater for families and children across a range of different age groups. The Youth Shed includes fully air-conditioned indoor children’s playground, cafe, dedicated youth space, performing arts area, and skate park.

    Before the Youth Shed, there were minimal things in Karratha that catered to children across various ages. The Youth Shed provides a fun place for children to play, as well as relaxing areas for parents. “We’re able to cater to young people across whole [lot of] different ages and generations – the older kids, late teens and young kids. We were falling down with the late teens in the past – not everyone plays sport, so now we can cater to kids don't play sport.”

    As part of the Community Development Projects for the City of Karratha, the Youth Shed looked at supporting local youth at risk of harm. This was through providing a facility to cater for families and children across a range of different age groups. The Youth Shed includes fully air-conditioned indoor children’s playground, cafe, dedicated youth space, performing arts area, and skate park.

    Before the Youth Shed, there were minimal things in Karratha that catered to children across various ages. The Youth Shed provides a fun place for children to play, as well as relaxing areas for parents. “We’re able to cater to young people across whole [lot of] different ages and generations – the older kids, late teens and young kids. We were falling down with the late teens in the past – not everyone plays sport, so now we can cater to kids don't play sport.”

  • Providing housing in the Pilbara

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    almost 4 years ago

    As part of the Royalties for Regions (RfR) housing evaluation, three regions were looked into to determine the economic impact RfR had through housing projects. With one of the regions looked into being the Pilbara.

    Prior to RfR funding, housing in areas such as Karratha and Port Hedland was described as ‘very difficult’. Since the completion of housing, there has been an increased attraction of GPs to the region as well as higher pressures from the community and resource sector to use practitioners. “[The GP Housing Project] has made a significant difference not only for GPs but also for allied health.”

    As part of the Royalties for Regions (RfR) housing evaluation, three regions were looked into to determine the economic impact RfR had through housing projects. With one of the regions looked into being the Pilbara.

    Prior to RfR funding, housing in areas such as Karratha and Port Hedland was described as ‘very difficult’. Since the completion of housing, there has been an increased attraction of GPs to the region as well as higher pressures from the community and resource sector to use practitioners. “[The GP Housing Project] has made a significant difference not only for GPs but also for allied health.”

  • "Yes, we think we have a future!”

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    almost 4 years ago

    With unlevelled bitumen and 1970’s gravel gardens, the community described the town as unappealing, that it was ‘really old and tired’ and required ‘maintenance’. Since the investment of RfR funding into the Community Development Projects, the town has a more pleasing look; “…it just looks so neat and tidy. I think it actually becomes an attraction.”

    Previously viewed as ‘just a mining town’, the community has a restored sense of belonging and appreciation for the town. With the dated compared to new structures, the town appreciates how essential an upgrade was, viewing the upgrade as “We're just being able to say this is what we had, and now this is what we've got”.

    RfR funding has given the community a new perspective for their future, “[We’re] moving away from being referred to as a mining town. We're no longer a closed town. We're an open town. We need to look at our life beyond mining”

    With unlevelled bitumen and 1970’s gravel gardens, the community described the town as unappealing, that it was ‘really old and tired’ and required ‘maintenance’. Since the investment of RfR funding into the Community Development Projects, the town has a more pleasing look; “…it just looks so neat and tidy. I think it actually becomes an attraction.”

    Previously viewed as ‘just a mining town’, the community has a restored sense of belonging and appreciation for the town. With the dated compared to new structures, the town appreciates how essential an upgrade was, viewing the upgrade as “We're just being able to say this is what we had, and now this is what we've got”.

    RfR funding has given the community a new perspective for their future, “[We’re] moving away from being referred to as a mining town. We're no longer a closed town. We're an open town. We need to look at our life beyond mining”