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May 12, 2016

In Newman this week for its third meeting of the year, the Pilbara Development Commission Board received a first-hand look at the positive impact Royalties for Regions investment has had on the inland town.

Board members toured the recently-opened East Pilbara Art Centre, Newman sporting complex and recreation areas, and the town square development site which is set to get underway later this year.

Pilbara Development Commission Chairman Chris Gilmour said it was great to be back in Newman again after the opening of the art centre the previous week.

“Holding our Board meetings around the region provides a great opportunity for all members to gain a better understanding of local issues and priorities,” Mr Gilmour said.

The Board met to consider business cases and grant applications for Royalties for Regions funding, and to consider the continued implementation of the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint.

“The Board considered recommendations for the Regional Grants Scheme and round one of the Community Chest Fund and were very impressed with the high level of applications,” Mr Gilmour said.

The highly competitive application process has uncovered a diverse range of locally-driven projects that will deliver positive economic and social outcomes for the region. The recommendations will now progress to the Minister for Regional Development for approval.

The Board also hosted a Business After Hours, in partnership with the Newman Chamber of Commerce to meet local businesses and community leaders.

“The resilience and passion of the business owners in Newman who continue to adapt to the changing environment is inspiring and puts the town in good stead for future growth,” Mr Gilmour said.

“The Commission will continue to identify and drive initiatives that build a more robust and diverse small business sector in the Pilbara as part of the implementation of the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint.”

The Pilbara Development Commission Board comprises of 10 members including local Government, community and Ministerial appointments. The role of the Board is to guide the strategic direction of the Commission in line with the agency’s legislative objectives.

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