Thousands help to leverage millions

Federal funding confirmation welcomed

GSDC Chairman Peter Rundle has welcomed a Federal Government decision to confi rm the funding for major projects in Albany, Mount Barker and Denmark.

After the September Federal election, previously-announced funding through the Regional Development Australia Fund was placed under review but in early December the Government said that the commitments would stand.

The City of Albany had secured a grant of $8.25 million towards its $27 million Centennial Park project and the Shire of Plantagenet had secured a $1 million grant towards its $9.5 million Sounness Park project.

Mr Rundle said the GSDC had supported and contributed to the early stages of the projects, including $100,000 of Royalties for Regions funding for related improvements at the Mount Barker Turf Club, and was pleased to see its strategic development work justified.

“GSDC support of thousands of dollars has helped to leverage millions of dollars into the Great Southern,” Mr Rundle said.

“Credit must go to the local governments involved for their longstanding commitment to these developments.

“It is good to see the Federal Government affirm the value of regional investments of this nature.

“Albany’s project will serve the needs of elite sports people as well as providing general sports and community facilities.

“The Mount Barker project will transform the sporting precinct around Sounness Park and provide co-located facilities for many of the local sporting clubs.

“Both projects will signifi cantly contribute to the wellbeing and excellence of Great Southern communities,” Mr Rundle said.

The Federal Government announcement also confi rmed the status of $500,000 in funding for a $2.2 million project in  Denmark to upgrade the Denmark Bowling Club site to include facilities for water sports clubs that use the Denmark River.

Contact: Bruce Manning, ph. 9842 4888
Great Southern Development Commission