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Building Better Regions: Goldfields-Esperance

Two projects in the Goldfields-Esperance region will receive grants through the Building Better Regions Fund Community Investment stream, Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson announced today.


Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation has been awarded $100,000 for the development of cultural tourism business at Ilkurka Roadhouse, which aims to boost employment opportunities in the remote region.


The funding will allow PTAC to engage a consultant to assist the community in building a sustainable organisation that creates jobs and brings direct benefits to region through increased visitation.


Esperance Community Arts will also receive $20,000 to employ a part-time project manager who will assist in promoting and marketing the Esperance Arts and Culture Trail.


The project manager will develop opportunities for the region by engaging local artists and supporting the groups interested in contributing to the trail.


Mr Wilson said it was a good result for the Goldfields-Esperance region, particularly through a programme where only one in three applicants was successful.


“I’m really pleased we’re investing in the region, because these projects are aimed at diversifying the economic opportunities in their respective communities,” he said.


“The Goldfields is a unique region and has plenty to offer in the tourism space, so it’s important to give these smaller organisations the support they need to maximise the opportunities here.


“This programme is all about encouraging growth and development in regional communities and we’re investing in initiatives that will help to achieve that.”


The Building Better Regions Fund focuses on creating jobs, driving economic growth and building stronger regional communities into the future.


Nearly 400 organisations applied from all across Australia for the Community Investment stream – applicants that were unsuccessful may consider applying for funding under the Round 2, which is likely to open towards the end of the year.



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.