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New tool to map progress in WA’s regions, Grills

Mining and Pastoral Region residents are now able to see Royalties for Regions projects transforming their communities, thanks to today’s launch of an online mapping application.

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Dave Grills MLC said the interactive online map, powered by Landgate, displayed information about the 4700 locations Royalties for Regions projects were being delivered across regional WA.

“This map is a representation of projects that have received Royalties for Regions funding throughout WA since 2008,” Mr Grills said.

“People are able to explore projects by category, project name and location and see how particular projects have improved their communities.

“This interactive map affords regional communities the opportunity to see planned or completed projects in their area, which are being delivered through Royalties for Regions.”

Mr Grills said Royalties for Regions had addressed a backlog in regional infrastructure and was reinvigorating country communities.

Royalties for Regions underpins the State Government’s long-term commitment to regional development, with more than $6.9 billion invested across the State since the program’s inception,” he said.

“This landmark program is the envy of other states and continues to build more vibrant and sustainable regional communities through investment into infrastructure, health, communications and tourism.”

Mr Grills said billions had been invested through Royalties for Regions into new projects in the Goldfields-Esperance, Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid West and Gascoyne regions.

Nationals WA candidate for the Kimberley Rob Houston said the RfR Investment Map would allow West Australians to see the difference the program was making in places like Broome.

“The new online map provides regional communities with an excellent opportunity to learn more about these transformative projects,” Mr Houston said.

“The Kimberley has received nearly a billion dollars in Royalties for Regions investment, with more on the way.

“For instance, thanks to a $21.1 million RfR grant, Broome will soon have a short-stay accommodation facility. A $33 million RfR investment is also integral to the West Kimberley Transitional Housing project, which is currently delivering housing for eligible Aboriginal people in Derby and Broome.”

The information is delivered through the State Government’s Shared Location Information Platform (SLIP), which forms the basis of WA Whole-of-Government Open Data Policy. The map is accessible via smartphone, tablet or computer or at - http://rfrmap.drd.wa.gov.au

For media enquiries contact Dave Grills MLC - 9071 500 or E: dave.grills@mp.wa.gov.au