Advocating for local projects in Canberra

Talking projects: Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson, Minister Sussan Ley, RDAGE chairperson Lee Jacobsen and Deputy chair Tori Castledine in Canberra. Photo: Supplied.
Talking projects: Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson, Minister Sussan Ley, RDAGE chairperson Lee Jacobsen and Deputy chair Tori Castledine in Canberra. Photo: Supplied.

Representatives of Regional Development Australia Goldfields-Esperance have taken to Canberra to promote some of the region’s key development projects, including the Esperance Jetty Replacement.

The trip represented the first in which representatives had visited Canberra to advocate for project funding, meeting with assistant minister to Deputy Prime Minister Andrew Broad, assistant minister for Regional Development Sussan Ley and assistant minister to Prime Minister Steve Irons. 

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Projects discussed included the Shire of Coolgardie’s Enterprise Development Centre, the Great Beyond Visitor Centre redevelopment in Laverton, the Shire of Esperance’s Jetty Replacement and the Esperance Bay Yacht Club’s Marina upgrade.

Chairperson Lee Jacobsen said the projects would create substantial economic development opportunities and that representatives understood the economic impact of the projects proposed.

“Everyone we spoke to was very interested in these projects, and understood the significant impact each would have on the local economy,” she said.

“We’re very pleased with the conversations we had, and how well our projects were received.

“RDAGE [Regional Development Australia Goldfields-Esperance] has an integral role to play in actively promoting and advocating economic development opportunities in the region, and we were pleased to be able to support our key stakeholders in this way.

“We hope to hear positive news about the successful funding for these projects in the new year, and RDAGE [Regional Development Australia Goldfields-Esperance] will continue to work with our stakeholders to identify investment opportunities across the region.”