Building Better Regions Fund grants announced - South West

7/8/2017

Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP has announced two projects in the South West will receive
grants under the first round of the Building Better Regions Fund.
 
The Shire of Manjimup will receive $2,677,725 for the South West Energy Experience, part of the
revitalisation of the Manjimup Town Centre.
 
The facility will incorporate a museum, which will showcase the history of energy in Western
Australia, café, function area and visitor centre.
 
With a total cost of $5.95 million, the project aims to increase tourism in the South West by
attracting more visitors to the town and encouraging them to venture further into the region.
 
Meanwhile, the Shire of Collie has secured a grant of $74,131 to develop a truck stop toilet and
dump point, the final requirement for Collie to become an accredited RV Friendly town.
 
Mr Wilson said supporting regional economies was the overall objective of the BBRF, and both
projects had the potential to bring more money into the region by encouraging growth in the
tourism sector.
 
“The South West is one of the most naturally beautiful places in Australia and there’s real potential
to grow the local economy by boosting tourism into the region,” he said.
 
“The Shire of Manjimup has proposed a historic museum showcasing the history of power
generation in WA, dating back to the 19th century, and I’m pleased we can support its vision.
 
“I’ve got no doubt that, once completed, this facility will be a great attraction for tourists and help
increase the flow of visitors into Manjimup, Bridgetown and the surrounding areas.
 
Supporting the truck stop in Collie would have a similar effect, Mr Wilson said, as the region already
had the environmental potential to be a tourism hotspot.
 
“Collie is a great destination for tourists and completing the truck stop will be the final piece of the
puzzle for the town to become RV friendly,” he said.
 
“It helps the town tap into the self-drive tourism market and complements the town’s natural
attractions, so it’s a worthwhile investment.”
 
The successful BBRF projects continue the Government’s strong record of investment in the South
West.
 
Under the last round of the National Stronger Regions Fund, the predecessor to the BBRF, the
Government allocated $1.6 million to complete the Manjimup Wellness and Respite Centre.
Building Better Regions Fund grants announced -  South West

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