The Federal Government is investing $3.72 million in 11 priority infrastructure projects in the Shire of Esperance, supporting local jobs and businesses to help the shire’s economy bounce back from the COVID‑19 pandemic.
Made possible under the third phase of the Australian Government’s $2.5 billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program, federally funded projects to be delivered by the Shire are:
- $1.4 million to seal Cascade Road;
- $200,000 to improve functionality of the Esperance Home Care building and upgrade access for clients, including to toilets, the kitchen, and the outdoor area/garden;
- $300,000 for the first stage of upgrading the Piggery mountain-bike track;
- $300,000 to improve access for people with disabilities to the Esperance Civic Centre, including compliant access ramps, better access to toilets, and a lift to the stage;
- $300,000 to provide a new dog park for Esperance, including development and landscaping of Wild Cherry Park;
- $250,000 to provide a GPS Continually Operating Reference Station (CORS) base network to rural areas of Esperance that have no coverage, including Cascade, Salmon Gums, Scaddan, Coomalbidgup, Grass Patch, Dalyup and Condingup;
- $221,876 to provide CCTV coverage for the Esperance Foreshore;
- $75,000 to provide a Lost at Sea memorial along the Esperance Foreshore;
- $75,000 to landscape the Lake Monjingup reserve in line with a masterplan for the area that includes a pet cemetery, paths, access road, park furniture and revegetation;
- $300,000 to instal two entry statements to the town of Esperance; and
- $300,000 to provide a toilet block for Esperance’s youth precinct and nearby boat ramp.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP said the funding reflected the Shire of Esperance’s top priorities and would ensure the needs of Esperance’s people are met.
“With the challenges presented by COVID-19, the past couple of years have been tough for communities, businesses and local councils,” Mr Wilson said.
“That’s why we’ve moved quickly to approve funding for these 11 important infrastructure projects across both rural and urban parts of the shire, paving the way for shovels to hit the dirt to make the projects a reality.
“This will provide a vital boost for the Esperance community, backing local jobs, economic growth and community facilities that will benefit residents for years to come.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said $1 billion in funding was flowing under the third phase of the LRCI program to local councils across Australia to improve their local road networks and deliver priority community infrastructure projects.
“This builds on the $1.5 billion already approved to deliver more than 6,100 projects nationwide under the first two phases of the program,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“This program is having a significant impact across the country, with more than 2,000 projects already complete or under construction – delivering upgrades to local roads, bike paths, community halls, playgrounds, parks and sports facilities, as well as improved accessibility to public facilities.
“Phase 3 will build on this, delivering more jobs, more economic stimulus, and more of the local priority projects that communities need and deserve.”
Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan said the program forms part of the Liberal and Nationals unwavering commitment to back local councils and their communities through COVID-19 and secure a stronger future out the other side of the pandemic.
“We want to deliver the best outcomes for locals under this program, which is why we have listened and acted on council feedback, providing a longer delivery window for local governments to pursue larger, more complex projects that may be a higher priority and have a bigger impact on the community,” Assistant Minister Hogan said.
“We also get councils to use local businesses and workforces to deliver these projects as much as possible, ensuring this stimulus flows directly into the hands of hard-working Aussies, their families, their businesses and their communities.
“I look forward to seeing more projects get underway and supporting jobs and communities at this critical time.”
Authorised by Rick Wilson, WA Liberal Party, 11/75 Dempster Street, Esperance, 6450