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$6.59 million Building Better Regions funding for Goldfields-Esperance

The Morrison Federal Government is investing in the future of the Goldfields-Esperance region with a combined $6,591,170 funding to redevelop the Kalgoorlie-Boulder basketball stadium and upgrade the Esperance Bay marina under Round 5 of the highly successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the Government’s large contributions to the basketball stadium and marina would deliver better facilities and economic opportunities for the Goldfields-Esperance community.

“The Commonwealth’s investment in the Kalgoorlie Boulder basketball stadium will be a major contributor to upgrading a very important sporting facility that no longer meets the needs and demands of the Goldfields community,” Mr Wilson said.

Under the BBRF, the Federal Government will contribute $4,496,400 toward the $12,996,400 basketball stadium project.

In addition, the Esperance Bay Yacht Club will receive $2,094,770 for its planned $2,844,770 upgrade of the Esperance Bay marina.

“The upgrade will increase capacity and ensure the marina complies with Australian standards,” Mr Wilson said.

“It’s great to be part of a Federal Government that listens to and delivers for the Goldfields-Esperance region, and I applaud Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s basketball community and the Esperance Bay Yacht Club for their hard work to date on these projects.

“We’re backing the projects so the people of Goldfields-Esperance have fantastic facilities for the future.

“The projects will also create jobs and boost the region’s economic recovery from the pandemic.”

Under Round 5 of the BBRF, the Government has committed almost $300 million to support 295 projects across regional Australia, which will create an estimated 9900 jobs during the project period.

This latest funding round takes the Morrison Government’s total support through the BBRF to $1.38 billion across nearly 1300 projects.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Government was focused on ensuring Australia’s 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 the two Goldfields-Esperance projects is a testament to the dedication of Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson.

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



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.