Regional Development Investment in the Wheatbelt

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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 improved facilities for the elderly and the community and has contributed to economic development through investment in tourism projects such as the Wheatbelt way.

In addition, Royalties for Regions, through health, education, housing and communication initiatives, improved livability, education opportunities, housing affordability and personal safety in the region through improved mobile communications.

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

For more information on the Wheatbelt region, visit the Wheatbelt 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 improved facilities for the elderly and the community and has contributed to economic development through investment in tourism projects such as the Wheatbelt way.

In addition, Royalties for Regions, through health, education, housing and communication initiatives, improved livability, education opportunities, housing affordability and personal safety in the region through improved mobile communications.

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

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

  • Boosting community pride through the Wheatbelt Way

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    about 4 years ago

    The Wheatbelt region is set to see a boost in visitors thanks to the Wheatbelt Way project.

    Royalties for Regions invested nearly $1.39 million into the self-drive road. The road goes through nine towns, including Dowerin, Wyalkatchem, Koorda, Bencubbin, Beacon, Westonia, Mukinbudin, Nungarin and Trayning.

    The project aimed to attract more visitors to the area, boost tourism and jobs, and increase economic development in the region to boost locals’ pride in their region as well as strengthening relationships between participating shires.

    The project has been well received with participating Shire staff stating: “The community has a sense of achievement … we have been given the opportunity to improve our town and people are now proud of what we have.”

    To read more on how The Wheatbelt Way has improved community pride, click here.

    The Wheatbelt region is set to see a boost in visitors thanks to the Wheatbelt Way project.

    Royalties for Regions invested nearly $1.39 million into the self-drive road. The road goes through nine towns, including Dowerin, Wyalkatchem, Koorda, Bencubbin, Beacon, Westonia, Mukinbudin, Nungarin and Trayning.

    The project aimed to attract more visitors to the area, boost tourism and jobs, and increase economic development in the region to boost locals’ pride in their region as well as strengthening relationships between participating shires.

    The project has been well received with participating Shire staff stating: “The community has a sense of achievement … we have been given the opportunity to improve our town and people are now proud of what we have.”

    To read more on how The Wheatbelt Way has improved community pride, click here.

  • Expanding capacity at the Wagin Community Resource Centre

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    about 4 years ago

    The Wagin Community Resource Centre (CRC) has been able to expand capacity thanks to the Royalties for Regions investment of over $335,000.

    Funding is enabling the CRC to take on more staff, acquire more equipment, and extend the range of its services to develop new business, economic and social development initiatives.

    As a result of the project employment numbers have increased by 200 percent, set clear strategic community direction, expanded diverse community services, and generated additional revenue to assist the CRC to become sustainable in the long term.

    "The CRC’s scope has expanded—the Shire is more likely to use them then in the past. Some examples: convening meetings that are community based; ability to get information out to the community to support promotion and marketing ventures. It is doing things that are more different and it is also doing it better. The CRC is more accommodating and has greater responsiveness. There is simply a willingness to get involved."

    To read more on how the Wagin CRC has expanded capacity, click here.

    The Wagin Community Resource Centre (CRC) has been able to expand capacity thanks to the Royalties for Regions investment of over $335,000.

    Funding is enabling the CRC to take on more staff, acquire more equipment, and extend the range of its services to develop new business, economic and social development initiatives.

    As a result of the project employment numbers have increased by 200 percent, set clear strategic community direction, expanded diverse community services, and generated additional revenue to assist the CRC to become sustainable in the long term.

    "The CRC’s scope has expanded—the Shire is more likely to use them then in the past. Some examples: convening meetings that are community based; ability to get information out to the community to support promotion and marketing ventures. It is doing things that are more different and it is also doing it better. The CRC is more accommodating and has greater responsiveness. There is simply a willingness to get involved."

    To read more on how the Wagin CRC has expanded capacity, click here.

  • How well-aged housing is providing alternative living in the Wheatbelt

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    almost 4 years ago

    Well-aged housing throughout the region has been helping community members find alternative living arrangements in their preferred locations. Previously, members were only provided with one option; migrating to other areas to live with family members. Well-aged housing was ideal for members who expressed that "people would like to stay where they grew up…”

    Since well-aged housing has been available, tenants have stated that the alternative housing has positively impacted their lives. Specifically in the Shire of Dumbleyung, a sense of community has been promoted within elderly residents with aged-housing being co-located next to the local hospital and Frail-Aged Housing. Co-locations have made it easier for the elderly residents to check up on each other and develop friendships, making the location “…very much for oldies.”

    Well-aged housing throughout the region has been helping community members find alternative living arrangements in their preferred locations. Previously, members were only provided with one option; migrating to other areas to live with family members. Well-aged housing was ideal for members who expressed that "people would like to stay where they grew up…”

    Since well-aged housing has been available, tenants have stated that the alternative housing has positively impacted their lives. Specifically in the Shire of Dumbleyung, a sense of community has been promoted within elderly residents with aged-housing being co-located next to the local hospital and Frail-Aged Housing. Co-locations have made it easier for the elderly residents to check up on each other and develop friendships, making the location “…very much for oldies.”

  • Improving services and respite facilities in Northam

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    about 4 years ago

    Elderly people in Northam are now receiving improved day care and respite facilities thanks to Royalties for Regions.

    The $3 million investment has seen a major upgrade to the Killara Adult Day Care and Respite Centre; including an increase by 300 percent in patient capacity with specialised equipment, delivery of tiered services to clients, and increase in overnight limits.

    The Centre has also established recreational and landscaped gardens, a bus shelter and associated facilities to deliver respite services.

    Since Royalties for Regions investments, the Centre has been able to better operate as a sustainable stand-alone operation that can meet the needs of elderly and disabled people. “The centre can offer 24-7 respite care, separate day and night service delivery, deliver joint services such as for a couple or a brother and sister—there are more activities being delivered now, more tailored activities due to greater scale. We are separating low- and high-care based activities which wasn't possible in the past.”

    To read more on how the Killara Adult Day Care and Respite Centre is improving respite services in the Wheatbelt, click here.

    Elderly people in Northam are now receiving improved day care and respite facilities thanks to Royalties for Regions.

    The $3 million investment has seen a major upgrade to the Killara Adult Day Care and Respite Centre; including an increase by 300 percent in patient capacity with specialised equipment, delivery of tiered services to clients, and increase in overnight limits.

    The Centre has also established recreational and landscaped gardens, a bus shelter and associated facilities to deliver respite services.

    Since Royalties for Regions investments, the Centre has been able to better operate as a sustainable stand-alone operation that can meet the needs of elderly and disabled people. “The centre can offer 24-7 respite care, separate day and night service delivery, deliver joint services such as for a couple or a brother and sister—there are more activities being delivered now, more tailored activities due to greater scale. We are separating low- and high-care based activities which wasn't possible in the past.”

    To read more on how the Killara Adult Day Care and Respite Centre is improving respite services in the Wheatbelt, click here.

  • Making the Wagin Airport safer

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    about 4 years ago

    The Wagin Airport is much safer with the Royalties for Regions upgrade of $385,000.

    The airport received an upgrade to help seal one of the two runways which means safer landings under most weather conditions, and a potential lifesaver if medical emergencies are involved.

    Previously the airport runway was only gravel, which was only safe to land during fine weather conditions.

    The Wagin Airport upgrade, has provided opportunities to attract aviation-based businesses as well as attract aircraft industries, including training commercial pilots, light aircraft assembly, aircraft storage and an annual aircraft event. “Enquiries are coming in to join the aero club and base aeroplanes in Wagin because of the improved facilities"

    To read more on the Wagin Airport upgrade, click here.

    The Wagin Airport is much safer with the Royalties for Regions upgrade of $385,000.

    The airport received an upgrade to help seal one of the two runways which means safer landings under most weather conditions, and a potential lifesaver if medical emergencies are involved.

    Previously the airport runway was only gravel, which was only safe to land during fine weather conditions.

    The Wagin Airport upgrade, has provided opportunities to attract aviation-based businesses as well as attract aircraft industries, including training commercial pilots, light aircraft assembly, aircraft storage and an annual aircraft event. “Enquiries are coming in to join the aero club and base aeroplanes in Wagin because of the improved facilities"

    To read more on the Wagin Airport upgrade, click here.

  • Providing a first-class recreation facility in the heart of the Wheatbelt

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    about 4 years ago

    The Kellerberrin Recreation and Leisure Centre received $1.85 million from the Royalties for Regions program to refurbish recreational facilities at Kellerberrin and the amalgamation of sporting clubs into one facility to provide a new, first-class recreation facility in the heart of the Wheatbelt.

    The project included developing the bar/club room with outdoor terrace and crèche with outdoor play area, kitchen and family dining facilities, a tote, offices with board and meeting rooms, a gymnasium and sports equipment storage. The synthetic bowling greens were also upgraded.

    The Centre has increased participation rates in sport, particularly in children, as well as providing Kellerberrin opportunities to host bigger sporting and social events. “The centre is good for people of all ages. It’s a modern venue that people are proud of. [It’s a] good place for people to take visitors and show off. Visitors are blown away.”

    Click here to read more on the first-class recreation facilities in Kellerberrin.

    The Kellerberrin Recreation and Leisure Centre received $1.85 million from the Royalties for Regions program to refurbish recreational facilities at Kellerberrin and the amalgamation of sporting clubs into one facility to provide a new, first-class recreation facility in the heart of the Wheatbelt.

    The project included developing the bar/club room with outdoor terrace and crèche with outdoor play area, kitchen and family dining facilities, a tote, offices with board and meeting rooms, a gymnasium and sports equipment storage. The synthetic bowling greens were also upgraded.

    The Centre has increased participation rates in sport, particularly in children, as well as providing Kellerberrin opportunities to host bigger sporting and social events. “The centre is good for people of all ages. It’s a modern venue that people are proud of. [It’s a] good place for people to take visitors and show off. Visitors are blown away.”

    Click here to read more on the first-class recreation facilities in Kellerberrin.

  • Providing resources at the Toodyay Community Resource Centre

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    about 4 years ago

    The Toodyay Community Resource Centre (CRC) has seen a significant transformation in its operation of staff management, equipment and facilities and the development of more business and social initiatives to benefit the community.

    The $300,000 Royalties for Regions funded project is expected to improve the economy, business environment and social capital of the town through investments in new resources and equipment.

    These investments have allowed the CRC to provide better services and be more professional in its operations. Such opportunities include staff growth and development, “Royalties for Regions has funded trainee opportunities that the CRC would otherwise be unable to provide. The CRC (now) offers opportunities for growth and development.”

    Click here to read more on how the Toodyay CRC has been transformed.

    The Toodyay Community Resource Centre (CRC) has seen a significant transformation in its operation of staff management, equipment and facilities and the development of more business and social initiatives to benefit the community.

    The $300,000 Royalties for Regions funded project is expected to improve the economy, business environment and social capital of the town through investments in new resources and equipment.

    These investments have allowed the CRC to provide better services and be more professional in its operations. Such opportunities include staff growth and development, “Royalties for Regions has funded trainee opportunities that the CRC would otherwise be unable to provide. The CRC (now) offers opportunities for growth and development.”

    Click here to read more on how the Toodyay CRC has been transformed.