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.