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Million-dollar infrastructure boost for Cranbrook

The Cranbrook community will benefit for years to come from a million-dollar infrastructure injection by the Morrison Federal Government.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson joined Shire of Cranbrook leaders and residents yesterday (Thursday, September 9) to officially open the Cranbrook Community Precinct, one of three projects funded under the Drought Communities Programme Extension.

“The new Cranbrook Community Precinct at Frederick Square includes a shelter, barbecue area, and nature and water playground with flying fox and obstacle course for local and visiting kids,” Mr Wilson said.

“Aside from providing a fantastic facility for local families, it’s anticipated that this key piece of social infrastructure will encourage visitors to stay longer in Cranbrook, thereby boosting the economy of the town and surrounding areas.”

Also part of the Australian Government’s $1,000,000 funding package under the Drought Communities Programme Extension were a lookout at Sukey Hill at a cost of $229,307, and the Frankland River Drainage Upgrade at a cost of $334,956.

“The Sukey Hill lookout provides spectacular views to the Stirling Range,” Mr Wilson said.

“A concrete apron leading to the platform and sealing of the carpark there will enable people with caravans and those unable to drive or walk on uneven gravel surfaces to enjoy the panorama.”

Mr Wilson said the Frankland River Drainage Project had more than tripled the amount of water captured at Frankland River Dam.

“This will enable the Shire to look to develop public open spaces in Frankland River that are currently vacant land,” he said.

“The Federal investment in this important project comes on the back of $1.35 million announced last month under the National Water Grids Connections Fund to support the Cranbrook Dam Catchment Project.”

Mr Wilson said funding for the three projects was part of the Morrison Government’s commitment to support those regional communities that are particularly prone to drought.

“Cranbrook is a fantastic shire that I visit often, and these major infrastructure projects will ensure it becomes an even better place for adults and children, be they visitors or locals,” he said.

Media contact: Chris Thomson, 0467 710 180

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MEET RICK

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.