Monday, 15 June 2020
Statements by Members
O'Connor Electorate: Infrastructure
Last week, round 4 of the successful Building Better Regions Fund was announced, delivering $200 million of investment in infrastructure for projects across drought affected communities around Australia. I was thrilled to hear that three communities in O'Connor will share in $7.9 million to boost fantastic local infrastructure projects.
The Shire of Ravensthorpe was the biggest recipient, receiving a huge $5.2 million for the construction of a new cultural precinct. I want to congratulate CEO Gavin Pollock and his team for all their hard work in putting together this $7 million project. It includes a central community hub, incorporating a CRC, visitor centre, library, senior citizens' centre, play group, youth group and new main foyer entrance. It also includes upgrades for the town park, including new parking bays and toilet facilities.
The shire of Jerramungup also received $2.1 million for a $4.2 million upgrade of the local swimming pool. The pool is located on the school grounds and will be accessed by the students as well as by the wider community. Finally, the Boxwood Hill combined sports club will receive $542,000 to refurbish its club facilities. The club president, Jarrod King, fought really hard to ensure this million dollar project was funded, and I commend his commitment to the project.
Regional communities are showing amazing spirit and strength as they support each other through these tough times, and I'm glad to see this latest round of BBRF will provide essential support at such a critical time.