Motorplex upgrade will bring more jobs to region
FEDERAL Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson is pleased to announce that the Shire of Collie is to receive significant government funding to upgrade its motorplex.
Through its $641 million Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects, the Australian Government has awarded the shire $764,000 which will be used to resurface the existing motorplex track, build a pedestrian overpass bridge and upgrade the marshalling area.
Mr Wilson said the project is expected to deliver economic benefits to the Collie region by enabling the upgraded facility to hold larger, safer and more frequent motor sports events.
“As a result of this funding, there will also be many social benefits,” Mr Wilson said.
“The upgrade will make the Collie region a more attractive place to live, promote inclusiveness and community engagement and increase volunteering opportunities.
“Around 15 jobs will be created during delivery of the project, while it is anticipated a further 30 ongoing positions will be available once completed.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the government is investing well over $200 million in 136 projects with a total leveraged project value of $459 million.
“This means, in each successful community, much anticipated local projects are receiving the funds needed to take a big idea and make it a reality,” Minister McVeigh said.
“A further $200 million was announced in the 2018-19 Budget for a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund - a clear indication of the Coalition Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.”
The second round of the Building Better Regions Fund, which includes the Community Investments stream and the Infrastructure Projects stream, is expected to create some 10,000 jobs from more than 240 projects.
“The Coalition has a plan for regional Australia to create more jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities,” Minister McVeigh said.
The total cost of upgrading the Collie Motorplex is $1,528,000, with the Bendigo Bank providing $450,000 and the WA State Government the remaining $314,000.
Work is expected to begin in September this year with a view to completion in December 2019.