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A/CEO welcomes WA State Budget

May 13, 2016

The Pilbara Development Commission welcomes the 2016-17 State Budget announcement yesterday. It’s pleasing to see a significant four year commitment through Royalties for Regions to continue to improve community services and economic outcomes for regional WA.

$49.75 million for the Newman health services facility through Royalties for Regions is a major win for the inland Pilbara town. High quality health services are critical to the well-being and retention of communities. Having just visited Newman with our Board last week, I know how much the project will mean to the community, which is a three hour drive from the nearest major town.

Tourism and agriculture were also big focuses of this year’s budget, which strongly aligns with the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint priorities. This will provide additional funding opportunities through initiatives such as the Northern Beef Industry Strategy, WA Regional Film Fund, Regional Visitor Centre Grants and Regional Events Program to drive economic diversification.

We’re pleased to see funding support provided by the State Government for major community and economic infrastructure projects that have been developed as part of the Pilbara Cities initiative, including the Karratha Arts and Community Precinct and the East Pilbara Innovation Centre. This commitment brings us one step closer to delivering these facilities with our project partners.

Terry Hill
Acting CEO
Pilbara Development Commission


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