Building Better Regions Fund grants announced - Goldfields-Esperance
Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP is pleased to announce the Shire of Dundas will receive nearly $450,000 from the Federal Government to develop the Norseman Cultural, Visitor and Community Precinct.
The Shire has been successful in an application for a grant through the Building Better Regions Fund, one of five projects in O’Connor to receive Federal Government support.
The $449,738 grant will co-fund the redevelopment of a building to house a visitors centre, art gallery, community library and café, with the precinct promoting the Goldfields-Esperance region’s natural beauty and the local Ngadju culture to tourists.
Ultimately, the goal of the precinct is to attract more visitors to the town and to serve as a community focal point for locals to meet and interact.
Mr Wilson said it was a fantastic initative for the Government to support, given its potential to encourage tourists to stop in the Goldfields town and support the local economy.
“Norseman has an opportunity to bring interstate visitors into the town during their commute from the eastern states via the Eyre Highway – the same applies to tourists using the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway, given it is almost exactly halfway between Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Esperance,” he said.
“500 vehicles every day, or 182,000 every year, stop in Norseman and there’s a real opportunity for the town to seize on the potential there and create an economic benefit.
“It’s great that we’re able to support the town develop a project that will encourage people to stay in Norseman longer than a few minutes to fuel up their cars or have a quick rest.
“Aside from the economic benefit, it’s also important to help the town create a space that supports its own identity and history, celebrating the heritage and culture of a historic place in the Goldfileds region.”
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