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Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP is pleased to announce five projects in O’Connor will share in nearly $4 million from the National Stronger Regions Fund.

Mr Wilson said the most significant announcement was a grant of $1,610,310 to the Shire of Manjimup, which would allow the proposed Wellness and Lifestyle Centre to be completed in its entirety.

The proposal has previously received State and Federal Government funding for the centre and the latest grant is effectively the final piece of the puzzle the Shire needs to proceed with the project.

A grant of $950,000 will allow the Albany Agricultural Society (Inc) to develop new infrastructure including two large undercover structures and a hardstand area for use during the Albany Show and for community groups to access through the year.

Plantagenet Village Homes Incorporated has also been awarded $663,086 for Stage 3 of the Collet Barker Court project, which will see the construction of seven new independent living units for seniors.

A $600,000 grant has been allocated to the Shire of Kondinin for the extension of Yeerakine Lodge, increasing the region’s capacity to cater for ageing citizens.

Lastly, the Shire of Lake Grace will receive $119,549 to upgrade the local sporting complex.

Mr Wilson said each project would deliver great benefits to their respective communities and he was looking forward to seeing their completion.

“These are the kind of developments that help drive long-term population growth in the regions, both through improving local amenities and building our capacity to deliver a better standard of health and aged care,” he said.

“Some of these projects, like the Wellness and Lifestyle Centre, have been in planning for some time and it’s fantastic to know they will progress to the next stage.

“It’s vital we continue to support local governments and other organisations that have a vision to improve our standard of living in O’Connor.

“An investment of nearly $4 million for capital works in O’Connor is a great result, especially given nearly 500 applications were lodged nation-wide for the programme.”

A full list of successful round three National Stronger Regions Fund projects will be available on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website on Friday, 7 October at www.infrastructure.gov.au.

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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 Australia 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.