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$5.28 MILLION INVESTMENT IN GREAT SOUTHERN PROJECTS

The Morrison Government is investing $5.28 million in four Great Southern projects including the Albany Motorsport Park under Round 5 of the highly successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

Projects to receive funding in the Great Southern region are:

  • Albany Motorsport Park: $4,990,000 toward a total project cost of $9,990,000 for a multipurpose motorsport park on Albany’s northern outskirts;
  • Albany 2026 – Discover Kinjarling: $270,000 toward a total project cost of $675,000 to contribute to the planning for Western Australia’s bicentenary celebrations in Albany in 2026 by developing strategic and marketing plans;
  • Bremer Bay Regional Trails Masterplan: $20,000 toward a total project cost of $20,000 for the Fitzgerald Bisosphere Group Inc. to develop a strategic plan for recreational trails around the greater Bremer Bay area; and
  • A ‘being a better boss’ workshop: $6118 toward a total project cost of $7338 for the Yongernow-Ongerup Community Resources Centre Inc. to deliver a workshop to farm managers and business owners from the primary sector impacted by a lack of seasonal workers due to COVID-19. The project aims to provide the skills to become an employer of choice, retain staff and thereby encourage workers to remain living and working in the local area.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the Government’s financial contribution would deliver better facilities and economic opportunities for the Great Southern region.

“The Morrison Government is delivering the services and infrastructure our communities deserve,” Mr Wilson said.

“We’re backing these projects so the Great Southern has fantastic facilities for the future.

“The projects will all create jobs to boost the region’s economic recovery.

“I’ve worked closely with local councils and community groups. It’s great to be part of a government that is listening to and delivering for the Great Southern community.”

Mr Wilson said the Commonwealth’s marquee investment in the Albany Motorsport Park project was likely to be a game-changer for the Great Southern.

“Albany is a motorsport hotspot, and the Motorsport Park has potential to greatly increase visitation to the Lower Great Southern, as well as providing a much-needed facility for enthusiasts of a wide range of motorsports from around the region,” he said.

Under Round 5 of the BBRF, the Federal Government has committed almost $300 million to support 295 projects across regional Australia, which will create an estimated 9,900 jobs during the project period.

This latest funding round takes our total support through the BBRF to $1.38 billion across nearly 1,300 projects.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Government is focused on ensuring our regions remain strong.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government is continuing to work hard on behalf of Australians living in regional and remote communities,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“That’s why we’ve committed an additional $100 million under this latest round to take total funding to almost $300 million. This extra funding will support more projects, more jobs and create more economic opportunities in our regions to boost their recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Funding for these projects in the Great Southern region is a testament to the dedication of Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson.

“Funding under the Building Better Regions Fund supports economic and social infrastructure for the long-term benefit of regional communities.

“Infrastructure upgrades funded in this latest round will ensure our regions remain great places to live and visit, while helping support important regional industries which create jobs.

“Our government is committed to delivering the best outcomes for regional and remote Australia, which is why we are providing local businesses, industries and families with opportunities to get ahead.”

Media contact:

Deputy Prime Minister – Antony Perry | 0477 971 654 | Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au

Rick Wilson MP – Chris Thomson | 0467 710 180 | chris.thomson@aph.gov.au

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.