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Green light for Coolgardie innovation centre

The Shire of Coolgardie will receive $916,000 funding for the Coolgardie Innovation and Economic Development Centre under Round 3 of the Federal Government’s highly successful Building Better Regions Fund.


Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the Morrison Government’s investment in local projects under Round 3 will help grow the economy and build a strong future for regional communities.


“This project will develop and refurbish the historical Shire building, built in 1894, to provide opportunities for growth in retail, hospitality, training and tourism. It will also provide a hub for community-based activities and a potential base for delivery of local services,” Mr Wilson said.


“The Shire has partnered with organisations ready to occupy and provide services in the building to create more local jobs.


“Wrap-around business and training services will help to provide unique pathways for new business development and stimulate Indigenous Economic Development and tourism opportunities.


“It is projects such as this that make our regional communities even better places to live, work and raise a family and I’m excited about the positive difference this funding will make to the community.”


“Coolgardie Shire President Mal Cullen was ecstatic when I met him today. He showed me around the historic building and enthused about how it will revitalise and invigorate the town centre, as well as encourage tourists to linger longer in town.”


Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Liberal National Government is committed to ensuring Australia’s regions remain strong, resilient and prosperous in the long term.


“We are supporting our regions through investing in important local infrastructure, as well as great community-building and planning initiatives under the Building Better Regions Fund and other Government priorities such as the Regional Growth Fund and our decentralisation agenda,” Mr McCormack said.


“In this round we are also investing more than $70 million in regional tourism infrastructure, to support those many regional communities that rely on tourism to bolster their economy.


“We have seen fantastic outcomes from the first two rounds, and today’s announcement continues our commitment to unlocking the economic potential of regional Australia and ensuring our regions continue to thrive.”



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.