Regional Development Investment in the South 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.

Evaluations and case studies demonstrate that Royalties for Regions has contributed to economic development in the South West through funding for projects in tourism, recreation and community development. In addition, Royalties for Regions funding of emergency communications and regional mobile communications contributed to improved public safety and generated substantial community and business benefits in the region.

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

For more information on the South West region, visit the South 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.

Evaluations and case studies demonstrate that Royalties for Regions has contributed to economic development in the South West through funding for projects in tourism, recreation and community development. In addition, Royalties for Regions funding of emergency communications and regional mobile communications contributed to improved public safety and generated substantial community and business benefits in the region.

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

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

  • Constructing the World Class Munda Biddi Bicycle Trail

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    over 2 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, 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 which 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, 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 which 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.

  • Enhancing recreational fishing in the South West

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    over 2 years ago

    The South West is expected to see ongoing economic benefits thanks to the South West Fishing Enhancement Project.

    The $1.86 million Royalties for Regions investment looks at providing safe and accessible fishing places for recreational fishers. The two artificial reefs, which have been installed in the waters of Geographe Bay, have already seen the attraction of many popular species of fish, including Snapper, Samson fish, Spanish Mackerel and Silver Trevally.

    As well as the use of a local manufacturer to construct the reefs, it is expected that the local economy also will prosper. Opportunities for future business, such as fishing tackle and bait retailers, local accommodation providers and food and beverage outlets, will form from success of the reefs.

    To read more on recreational fishing in the South West, click here.

    The South West is expected to see ongoing economic benefits thanks to the South West Fishing Enhancement Project.

    The $1.86 million Royalties for Regions investment looks at providing safe and accessible fishing places for recreational fishers. The two artificial reefs, which have been installed in the waters of Geographe Bay, have already seen the attraction of many popular species of fish, including Snapper, Samson fish, Spanish Mackerel and Silver Trevally.

    As well as the use of a local manufacturer to construct the reefs, it is expected that the local economy also will prosper. Opportunities for future business, such as fishing tackle and bait retailers, local accommodation providers and food and beverage outlets, will form from success of the reefs.

    To read more on recreational fishing in the South West, click here.

  • How the Boyanup and District Farmers Market was permanently housed

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    over 2 years ago

    Customers had to previously fend off all weather conditions from heavy rain and storms to hot days before the Boyanup and District Farmers Markets was permanently housed.

    Almost $35,000 of Royalties for Regions investment has helped build an undercover structure to permanently house the Farmers Markets to allow farmers to sell produce to customers directly.

    Previously held at Memorial Park in Boyanup, customers would purchase items and leave the markets. Now, the shelter holds an inviting atmosphere, “customers can go and get a coffee and sit and mingle. There is live music with buskers. If there was no shelter, we wouldn't be able to deliver the social elements of the market.

    To read more on Royalties for Regions contribution to housing the Farmers Markets, click here.

    Customers had to previously fend off all weather conditions from heavy rain and storms to hot days before the Boyanup and District Farmers Markets was permanently housed.

    Almost $35,000 of Royalties for Regions investment has helped build an undercover structure to permanently house the Farmers Markets to allow farmers to sell produce to customers directly.

    Previously held at Memorial Park in Boyanup, customers would purchase items and leave the markets. Now, the shelter holds an inviting atmosphere, “customers can go and get a coffee and sit and mingle. There is live music with buskers. If there was no shelter, we wouldn't be able to deliver the social elements of the market.

    To read more on Royalties for Regions contribution to housing the Farmers Markets, click here.

  • Providing a sustainable foreshore in Busselton

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    over 2 years ago

    The Busselton Foreshore is much more sustainable after the $6.1 million investment from Royalties for Regions. The foreshore received a much needed refurbish and upgrade after areas were damaged by Cyclone Alby in 1978.

    The City of Busselton has now upgraded and refurbished the foreshore which has seen improvements of the existing sea structure wall, a car park, barbeques, shelters and shading, seating, native gardens, water fountains and a playground. The redevelopment also recycled timber from the old jetty to use as seating and shelters, as well as solar and wind powered lighting, making the project sustainable for the future.

    The foreshore redevelopment has been well received by the community: “Feedback was instant and extremely positive with everyone giving the new foreshore the thumbs up. What we had always dreamt about had actually happened.”

    To read more of how Royalties for Regions helped redevelop the Busselton Foreshore, click here.

    The Busselton Foreshore is much more sustainable after the $6.1 million investment from Royalties for Regions. The foreshore received a much needed refurbish and upgrade after areas were damaged by Cyclone Alby in 1978.

    The City of Busselton has now upgraded and refurbished the foreshore which has seen improvements of the existing sea structure wall, a car park, barbeques, shelters and shading, seating, native gardens, water fountains and a playground. The redevelopment also recycled timber from the old jetty to use as seating and shelters, as well as solar and wind powered lighting, making the project sustainable for the future.

    The foreshore redevelopment has been well received by the community: “Feedback was instant and extremely positive with everyone giving the new foreshore the thumbs up. What we had always dreamt about had actually happened.”

    To read more of how Royalties for Regions helped redevelop the Busselton Foreshore, click here.

  • Providing world-class tourism precinct at Surfers Point

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    over 2 years ago

    Surfers point is becoming an iconic tourist destination for tourist and locals alike after the upgrade of the Surfers Point Precinct in Margaret River.

    Royalties for Regions invested $3.46 million into upgrading the visitor and tourist facilities at Surfers Point, Riflebutts Reserve and the mouth of the Margaret River. The project involved upgrading roads, seating areas, landscaping, playground equipment, toilets and car parking.

    As a result, Surfers Point Precinct now provides a much better venue to stage international surfing competition, as well as better facilities for swimmers, surfers and spectators, and has provided a more positive relationships between stakeholders.

    The project has won praise and helped promote the Margaret River region to an international audience. With members from the Association for Professional Surfers commenting: “It has made it a world-class facility for a world-class wave. We have come here this year but we’ll be here to run this event for a very long time to come, it is just so impressive.”

    To read more on about the world-class Surfers Point Precinct, click here.

    Surfers point is becoming an iconic tourist destination for tourist and locals alike after the upgrade of the Surfers Point Precinct in Margaret River.

    Royalties for Regions invested $3.46 million into upgrading the visitor and tourist facilities at Surfers Point, Riflebutts Reserve and the mouth of the Margaret River. The project involved upgrading roads, seating areas, landscaping, playground equipment, toilets and car parking.

    As a result, Surfers Point Precinct now provides a much better venue to stage international surfing competition, as well as better facilities for swimmers, surfers and spectators, and has provided a more positive relationships between stakeholders.

    The project has won praise and helped promote the Margaret River region to an international audience. With members from the Association for Professional Surfers commenting: “It has made it a world-class facility for a world-class wave. We have come here this year but we’ll be here to run this event for a very long time to come, it is just so impressive.”

    To read more on about the world-class Surfers Point Precinct, click here.

  • Transforming Bunbury into a tourism location

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    over 2 years ago

    The City of Bunbury has been given a major tourism boost thanks to the Royalties for Regions funded Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.

    The Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre was provided $7.5 million of Royalties for Regions funds, which looked at providing an additional 250 seats in the theatre, three function rooms, box office and foyer, as well as new administration facilities.

    The Centre has allowed the City of Bunbury to change its focus from being a major regional port, and work towards the City’s vision of becoming a creative city and major cultural and arts centre outside of Perth.

    "Bunbury has never really had Tourism WA focused on it. It has always emphasised Margaret River. The CEO and the Deputy Chair for Tourism WA attended a tour through (what is the) BREC. This has led to a renewed emphasis on Bunbury as a tourism location which will have spinoffs for Bunbury."

    Click here to read how the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre is helping Bunbury become a Tourist destination.

    The City of Bunbury has been given a major tourism boost thanks to the Royalties for Regions funded Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.

    The Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre was provided $7.5 million of Royalties for Regions funds, which looked at providing an additional 250 seats in the theatre, three function rooms, box office and foyer, as well as new administration facilities.

    The Centre has allowed the City of Bunbury to change its focus from being a major regional port, and work towards the City’s vision of becoming a creative city and major cultural and arts centre outside of Perth.

    "Bunbury has never really had Tourism WA focused on it. It has always emphasised Margaret River. The CEO and the Deputy Chair for Tourism WA attended a tour through (what is the) BREC. This has led to a renewed emphasis on Bunbury as a tourism location which will have spinoffs for Bunbury."

    Click here to read how the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre is helping Bunbury become a Tourist destination.