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Royalties for Regions Expenditure 2010 – 2011 Total $524.7 million Funding Initiatives Royalties for Regions operates under three funds: The Country Local Government Fund The Regional Community Services Fund The Regional Infrastructure and Headworks Fund The Country Local Government Fund The Country Local Government Fund supports local governments in the nine regions defined in the Regional Development Commissions Act 1993. An amount of $51 million was disbursed through the fund in 2010-11. The Regional Community Services Fund In 2010-11, $139.3 million was disbursed to support priority services that have shown their effectiveness in enhancing the quality of life for residents in regional areas and improving access to government services and infrastructure. The fund aims to support investment in regional Western Australia and help leverage investment from other sources for projects that will contribute to the development of services in regional areas. The Regional Infrastructure and Headworks Fund In 2010-11, $400.3 million was disbursed to support large-scale, strategic regional infrastructure and headworks projects acknowledged as being of strategic importance to Western Australia. The fund aims to support strong investment in regional Western Australia and help leverage investment from other sources for projects that will contribute to the development of regional infrastructure and headworks. It also supports planning for infrastructure at the regional level and encourages communities to develop infrastructure projects that benefit local organisations and communities. Country Local Government Fund The Country Local Government Fund (CLGF) is one of three funds under the Royalties for Regions Act 2009. In December 2008, the Western Australian Government announced the commitment of $543 million over five years to assist country local governments build and maintain their community infrastructure. The CLGF supports local government in the nine regions defined in the Regional Development Commissions Act 1993. The State Government will extend the program a further year to 2013-14 and an amount of $51 million was disbursed through CLGF in 2010-11 as follows: Local Governments An amount of $23.8 million was provided to individual country local governments towards the cost of implementing their forward capital works plans. Provision of adequate plans, informed by strategic and asset management plans, was a prerequisite to access individual local government allocations from CLGF in 2010- 11. For details of CLGF local government individual projects funded in 2010-11 see Appendix 1. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $23.8 million Regional Groups/Regional Development Commissions A total of $20.07 million was disbursed in 2010-11 to regional groups of country local governments in the nine regions, to invest in regionally significant infrastructure projects developed with the support of Regional Development Commissions. Provision of adequate business cases for each regional priority infrastructure project put forward was a prerequisite to access the regional component of CLGF in 2010- 11. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $20.07 million For details of CLGF regional groupings projects funded in 2010-11 see Appendix 2. Department of Regional Development and Lands The Department of Regional Development and Lands received an allocation of $0.48 million for administration of the CLGF in 2010-11. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.48 million Department of Local Government The Department of Local Government was provided with $10.578 million to deliver complementary capacity building initiatives, with a particular focus on strategic and asset management planning. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $6.61 million The Regional Community Services Fund The Regional Community Services Fund (RCSF) is designed to improve access to services in the regions. It supports services that have been shown to be effective in enhancing the quality of life for residents in regional areas. The Regional Community Services Fund aims to: assist regional communities achieve improved access to a range of community services; assist regional communities overcome disadvantages caused by remoteness; and attract and retain essential regional government employees. As well as funding a range of individual projects, the RCSF includes an annual allocation for the: 1. The Regional Grants Scheme The Regional Grants Scheme funds are utilised for community, public and private organisations to improve and develop infrastructure and services in the regions. Western Australia’s nine Regional Development Commissions administer the Regional Grants Scheme as a contestable grants scheme, including assessing applications and determining grants. 2. Regional Strategic Projects Regional Strategic Projects consists of $373.6 million allocated over four years for the Regional Development Council to provide advice to the Minister for Regional Development on the use of these funds. Some of the projects the RCSF supports are: Country Age Pension Fuel Card Scheme The $24.8 million commitment in 2010-11 has seen income and asset tested pensioners in receipt of a part Age Pension, Carer Payment, Disability Support Pension, Wife Pension or Widow B Pension from Centrelink, or a part Department of Veterans’ Affairs Service Pension, Social Security Age Pension or Income Support Supplement, become eligible for the card. The scheme has been expanded to incorporate additional semi-rural country postcodes from the Peel region. The Country Age Pension Fuel Card Scheme provides eligible pensioners in country Western Australia with $500 a year towards the cost of fuel and/or taxi travel from participating providers. Country pensioners live on modest, fixed incomes and generally do not have access to extensive public transport services. This means that they must rely more on their own vehicles or taxis to attend appointments, go shopping or visit family and friends. The Fuel Card provided support for the transport needs of approximately 43,187 pensioners living in regional areas with approximately $19,081,943 expended on fuel and $1,161,026 on taxis (Figures as at 1 July 2011). The Fuel Card will be issued automatically every financial year as long as the age pensioner remains eligible. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $24.75 million Funded Agent: Department of Transport Royal Flying Doctor Service A total of $35.5 million has been committed to date to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). The RFDS (Western Operations) is a not-for-profit organisation providing aero-medical evacuations across all of Western Australia. It also provides a range of visiting medical services to remote and rural areas. Royalties for Regions funded two replacement turboprop aircraft and one new turboprop aircraft to be located in Derby (bringing the fleet to a total of 14 aircraft). Funding has also provided extra crews and medical staff, to further enhance existing services. Part of this funding includes up to $3 million over three years to support the new medical jet service (with the support of Rio Tinto Iron Ore) for the RFDS. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $8.519 million Funded Agent: Department of Health Patient Assisted Travel Scheme Royalties for Regions provided $9.038 million in 2010-11 from its four-year $30.8 million commitment to expand the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS). PATS helps permanent country residents to access the nearest eligible medical specialist service (including Telehealth) by providing a subsidy towards the cost of travel and accommodation for patients travelling more than 100km. Through Royalties for Regions support being provided over four years, PATS is revitalising the service to country patients through: increased subsidy rates; increased support, particularly for those undertaking cancer treatment; support for the aged and disabled; and simplification of the program through improved administrative processes. Disbursed Amount 2010-11: $9.038 million Funded Agent: Department of Health Rural Generalist Pathways The Rural Generalist Pathways (RGP) initiative in Western Australia is training medical graduates towards a career in rural medicine. The RGP aims to increase the number of generalist doctors with procedural qualifications practicing in rural and remote areas. Royalties for Regions has committed $8.5 million over five years to provide assistance towards travel and accommodation costs for medical graduates participating in the RGP program. Disbursed Amount 2010-11: $1 million Funded Agent: Department of Health St John Ambulance Services in Country WA St John Ambulance is receiving support from Royalties for Regions of $26.6 million over four years to significantly improve the ambulance services available to country residents in a number of regional locations. Funding supports the employment of community paramedics statewide; increased volunteer membership, staff and volunteer support; implementation of an Aboriginal Community Subsidy Fund; enhancement of ambulance services in Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Wyndham; establishment of ambulance services in Nullagine and Marble Bar; and an improved transport co-ordination system. Disbursed Amount 2010-11: To be drawn down in 2011-12 Funded Agent: Department of Health Regional Workers Incentives The Regional Workers Incentives scheme provides for an increased district allowance for public sector workers in regional Western Australia. This forms part of the strategy to attract and retain public sector workers, who provide essential government services. There are approximately 7,000 public sector employees currently eligible for the district allowance. Royalties for Regions allocated $19.17 million towards the district allowance in 2010-11. Royalties for Regions, through the Department of Regional Development and Lands, provided input to a review of the methodology and composition of district allowances, undertaken by the Department of Commerce and involving the public sector unions, represented by Unions WA. This review included formulation of a new methodology for calculating the district allowance, based on a two-yearly comprehensive regional price survey (the Regional Price Index). It will ensure that, in the future, district allowance rates remain relevant and provide fair and reasonable cost of living compensation for regional employees. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $19.17 million Funded Agent: Department of Commerce and relevant agencies Boarding Away from Home Allowance Royalties for Regions funding has been allocated to increase the State’s contribution to the Boarding Away from Home Allowance for isolated children. The allowance provides financial support and assistance to parents of students in regional Western Australia who have no practicable alternative to boarding away from home in order to attend school. This ensures that all students, regardless of their remoteness or isolation, have opportunities to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to achieve their individual potential and contribute to the social and economic development of WA. Royalties for Regions has provided additional funds to ensure the scheme can benefit additional students. Through the Boarding Away from Home Allowance, eligible students can receive up to $2,050 each year. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $1.776 million Funded Agent: Department of Education Community Resource Centre Network Services Expanded 2011 represents the Community Resource Centre (CRC) Network’s 20th anniversary, building on one of Western Australia’s longest running and most successful regional community service programs, the Telecentre program. There are 107 CRCs open for business throughout Western Australia, with Mowanjum, Pinjarra, Yarloop, Mount Barker, Dandaragan and Brunswick all commencing operation in 2010-11. The CRCs have a new brand and have expanded their services to provide comprehensive education and training sessions that create pathways to employment for regional people. This is in addition to their vital existing services that include access to computers, high-speed Internet and government information referral services. Since 2010, the CRC Trainee Support Grant program has supported the employment of more than 100 trainees across regional Western Australia. As part of another CRC initiative, Internet Protocol Video Conferencing will be available in all CRCs, allowing communities to have access to video conferencing services through the Internet using the current broadband connection. In 2010 the Department of Regional Development and Lands provided grant monies to every CRC to assist in establishing a dedicated government information area within each centre. This area features a desktop computer and printer and provides free public access to government websites, information and online services. Brochures and display boards also provide government information for the community. To support the distribution of government information and to ensure regional communities have access to a wide range of brochures and information, the Department of Regional Development and Lands has set up a “pick and pack” publication service in 2010-11. The service will enable individual CRCs to order publications, brochures and other government materials from an online database and have them delivered direct to the centre. Perth-based government agencies now have a central repository for materials they need distributed to the Community Resource Network, resulting in increased regional access to information. Additional Support for Community Resource Centres The Department of Regional Development and Lands is responsible for providing support to the Western Australian Community Resource Network (WACRN) through the provision of funding, training, capacity-building activities and support for Community Resource Centre (CRC) management committees and staff. In 2010-11 a review was undertaken of the manner in which funding support is provided to the WACRN and the associated funding agreement, planning and reporting requirements. All members of the WACRN are now required to enter into a Financial Assistance Agreement with the Department and develop annual business plans, fostering a more professional approach to running CRCs. Further, an agreement has been entered into with the WA Council of Social Service Inc. that enables CRCs to access a service called Management Support Online, using an online portal. This is a ‘one-stop shop’ designed specifically for non- government organisations to assist them in the development of good-practice governance, management, services, activities and administration. Throughout 2010-11, CRCs have been taking a consistent approach to the delivery of training, education, communications and access to information for the State’s regional community. With a new domain, www.crc.net.au, together with a standardised email system launched by the Department in July 2010, CRCs now share a platform for websites and email addresses and a consistent naming convention is now in place for anyone wishing to communicate with CRCs. An updated website Content Management System and new vibrant designs were also rolled out during 2010-11. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $10 million Funded Agent: Department of Regional Development and Lands State Barrier Fence and Wild Dogs Management The impact of wild dogs on small livestock enterprises is documented in the independent report entitled ‘Benefit-Cost Analysis of the State Barrier Fence’ published by URS Australia Pty Ltd in 2007. This report estimated the impact of wild dogs on small livestock production in the State’s agricultural areas where dogs occur to be between $11 and $18 per hectare. A Royalties for Regions investment will allow landholders to establish enhanced control operations and make improvements to the State Barrier Fence over three to five years, which will enable better wild dog management into the future. Royalties for Regions funding has been provided to: Contract eight additional doggers, to help fill gaps in the current coverage and to reduce the size of the areas having to be covered by those doggers already in place; and Purchase materials to fill significant gaps in the State Barrier Fence and upgrade the existing fence to a standard that will prevent the movement of wild dogs and emus from the rangelands to the agricultural areas. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $1.02 million Funded Agent: Department of Agriculture and Food Regional Men’s Health The Australian Medical Association recognises that rural and regional men face health issues that differ to their urban counterparts and, by most measures, are overrepresented in negative health outcome statistics. In Western Australia, around a quarter of all males over the age of 15 years live in regional areas. Wheatbelt Men’s Health Inc. (WMH) has provided an important and well-utilised men’s health and wellbeing service primarily in the Wheatbelt since 2001. This service includes education and emotional support for men and families in situational distress, connecting them to appropriate counselling services where required. Royalties for Regions funding is being provided to WMH through the Department of Agriculture and Food to continue the delivery of services, programs and support to farming and pastoral community families through an expanded program known as the Regional Men’s Health Initiative, which is being conducted throughout regional areas. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.517 million Funded Agent: Department of Agriculture and Food Kimberley and Pilbara Youth Justice Services Expansion Royalties for Regions funding will enable the implementation of early intervention and prevention services for young people at risk across the Pilbara and Kimberley. The program offers services in four main areas: Preventing and diverting young people from entering detention centres; Helping young people complete community-based sentences after they have been convicted of a crime; Intervening with young people and their families to help them back on track when a young person develops a criminal record; and Working with young people who are in detention or coming out of detention. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $3.69 million Funded Agent: Department of Corrective Services Expansion of Foodbank Western Australia School Breakfast Program and Services into Regional Locations Foodbank is a non-denominational, charitable organisation that sources donated and surplus food from the food and grocery industry to distribute to welfare and community agencies that provide food assistance to people in need. The Foodbank Western Australia School Breakfast Program commenced in 2001 with 11 schools. In 2008, the initiative reached 277 schools, including 240 public schools, and 11,455 students. The program targets schools with a low Socio Economic Index ranking. Royalties for Regions funding will ensure the program can expand to additional schools in remote and regional areas of Western Australia. A total of $1.56 million over four years will support the program, with Royalties for Regions contributing 50 per cent ($0.78 million) and the Department of Education matching funding by providing $0.78 million to extend the reach of this important program. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.195 million Funded Agent: Department of Education Expansion of Clontarf Foundation Programs and Services into Regional Locations The Clontarf Foundation aims to actively engage Aboriginal students in targeted schools through the establishment of eight additional Clontarf Academies in Carnarvon, Mandurah, Northam, Wyndham, Katanning, Derby, Roebourne, Karratha and Fitzroy Crossing. Royalties for Regions has allocated a total of $5.04 million over three years to assist with this expansion. Clontarf figures show that an estimated 60 per cent of Aboriginal young people are not retained in education through to Year 12 and only around 50 per cent of Aboriginal young people are participating in education, training or meaningful employment. These figures are approximately 30 percentage points lower than those for non-Aboriginal young people. Accordingly, the Clontarf Foundation aims to actively engage Aboriginal male students to maximise their attendance and promote positive participation and achievement in school, training and prospective employment. The academies aim to achieve the following outcomes for participants: improved school attendance; increased participation in education; higher levels of engagement; improved levels of attainment; and better future prospects through effective transitions and pathways. A Service Agreement between the Department of Education and the Clontarf Foundation has facilitated consultation to identify schools that will be engaged in this program. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.98 million Funded Agent: Department of Education WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Committee (WAITOC) WAITOC is the peak industry body for Aboriginal tourism in the State and plays an important role in advocacy, marketing support of emerging product, and the provision of networking opportunities in the State’s tourism industry. Royalties for Regions is providing $0.33 million in funding to support the operations of WAITOC over three years to assist its transition to a new, self-sustaining operational and funding model. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.33 million Funded Agent: Tourism Western Australia Better Beginnings – Early Literacy Royalties for Regions funding of $2.8 million over four years will be used to extend the reach of the Better Beginnings – Early Literacy program to include children aged 4-5 years throughout regional and remote Western Australia. This should lead to increased opportunities for success at school and in future employment. Better Beginnings is a universal literacy program for children from birth to five years and their families. It aims to develop early literacy skills in young children by fostering a love of books and language. Better Beginnings builds on a parent’s role as their child’s first teacher by providing high-quality literacy materials and nurturing settings that create positive first experiences around books and language. The program’s objectives are to: introduce children to developmentally appropriate books and language activities; support parents as their child’s first teacher in modelling early literacy practices; raise awareness of the value and pleasure of reading and sharing stories with children; and link families to the resources and services that libraries offer people of all ages. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.628 million Funded Agent: Department of Education Berlin Philharmonic The Perth Theatre Trust received Royalties for Regions funding of $0.2 million to secure the resources and infrastructure to broadcast a performance of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra on Sunday 14 November 2010. The simulcast provided an opportunity for regional communities to be part of a world-class orchestra performance in real time. The objective of the project was to use technology via high-quality video and audio to present a world-class orchestra to regional centres and the broader community. The targeted audience groups comprised regional entertainment centres (Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Merredin, Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton and Karratha), local Community Resource Centres and regional residents with access to appropriate satellite-decoding devices. Support from the public for the event was strong and feedback established there was deep enthusiasm and appreciation for the inclusiveness that community members felt as a result of the simulcast. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.2 million acquitted Funded Agent: Perth Theatre Trust Responsible Parenting Services Responsible Parenting Services encompasses two key parenting programs: Parent Support (for older children and youths), and Best Beginnings (for babies and toddlers). These programs are targeted at the most at-risk families and focus on prevention and early intervention in order to reduce the number of children and young people entering the child protection system and, in turn, reduce the number of children and young people going into care. Royalties for Regions is providing $27.9 million to Responsible Parenting Services over four years from 2010-11. This funding will ensure the program can be further extended into the Gascoyne, Goldfields, Great Southern, Mid West, Pilbara, South West and Wheatbelt regions to provide home visiting services, including support and advice to at risk families. To date, an additional 10.5 full time equivalent positions have been provided in the Gascoyne, Goldfields, Great Southern, Pilbara, South West and Wheatbelt regions, assisting with the expansion of the Responsible Parenting Services in those regions. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $1.39 million Funded Agent: Department of Child Protection Rangelands Reform Implementation A three year, $2.25 million Rangelands Reform program, supported by Royalties for Regions, will address long standing problems faced by our pastoral industry. The outcomes will include better support for pastoralists who wish to diversify their land use. This will give greater economic certainty to those who work and live on Western Australia’s rangelands and, in turn, will support communities in regional centres. Under the program, it is proposed to: Amend the Land Administration Act 1997 (WA) to create alternative lease options, such as a perpetual pastoral lease and a rangelands lease. The latter will allow for a range of business diversification options to be built into the lease, including tourism, horticulture, conservation and, potentially, carbon farming. Investigate and develop new economic opportunities in the rangelands. Create a one-stop shop approach to assessing applications for pastoral diversification and investigate options to streamline the diversification permit process. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.3 million Funded Agent: Department of Regional Development and Lands Upgrade of ‘Orange’ School Buses in Regional Western Australia Royalties for Regions will provide $10.9 million over four years to improve conditions for regional students travelling long distances by bus to access a school education. These funds will upgrade the regional school bus network to ensure that new buses are equipped with air-conditioning and automatic transmission. The air-conditioning on all school buses will now operate year round. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $1.9 million Funded Agent: Public Transport Authority Exploration Incentive Scheme In 2010-11, Royalties for Regions provided $24.61 million of its $80 million commitment for exploration to support future growth of resources industry in the Pilbara and the rest of regional Western Australia. The objective of the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) is to encourage exploration through activities such as co-funded drilling for mineral and petroleum discoveries, improved and increased surveys, and improved data access. The scheme is working towards stimulating increased private sector resource exploration and partnerships, to ultimately lead to new mineral and energy discoveries. The EIS comprises of six separate programs: 1. Exploration and Environmental Coordination in the Department of Mines and Petroleum 2. Innovative Drilling 3. Geographic and Geochemical Surveys 4. 3D Geological Mapping 5. Promoting Strategic Research with Industry 6. Sustainable Working Relations with Indigenous Communities Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $24.61 million Funded Agent: Department of Mines and Petroleum Regional Strategic Projects Regional Strategic Projects refer to funds set aside for contestable and strategic projects. A total of $373.6 million over four years has been allocated to the Regional Development Council, which will provide advice to the Minister for Regional Development on the use of these funds. The Council’s strategic regional priorities will assist in determining where this funding should be directed. Please refer to page 47 – Regional Capital Works Initiatives for information on additional projects prioritised by the Regional Development Council. Disbursed Amount 2010-11: $3.5 million Funded Agent: Department of Regional Development and Lands – Busselton Foreshore Enhancement Funding of $6.1 million has been made available to contribute to the renewal and upgrade of the amenity of the public foreshore between Busselton Town Centre and the beach. Disbursed Amount 2010-11: $6.1 million Funded Agent: Shire of Busselton – Dunsborough Foreshore Enhancement Funding of $3.643 million has been made available to progress the plan to enhance the Dunsborough Foreshore through the upgrade of landscape and amenities. Disbursed Amount 2010-11: $3.643 million Funded Agent: Shire of Busselton – Other Regional Strategic Projects receiving Cabinet approval: City of Geraldton: Eastern Breakwater Precinct – $2.247 million St John of God Bunbury: Coronary Care Unit – $5 million Walpole and Districts Senior Accommodation Inc.: Jarrah Glen Lifestyle Village – $1.056 million Wheatbelt Development Commission: Avon Development Unit – $0.5 million Avon Community Development Foundation Inc.: Avon Water Reuse – $3.4 million Regional Grants Scheme The Regional Grants Scheme (RGS) aims to improve economic and community infrastructure and services in regional Western Australia. The grants are for community, public and private organisations to fund projects that attract investment and increase jobs as well as improve the quality of life in the regions. The RGS is administered by the State’s nine Regional Development Commissions with support from the Department of Regional Development and Lands. For details on successful Small Grant Scheme and Strategic Project grant applicants funded in 2010-11 for each Regional Development Commission, please see Appendix 3. For further details of RGS recipients contact the relevant RDC or visit http://www.rdl.wa.gov.au/grantandfunding/regional The Regional Infrastructure and Headworks Fund In 2010-11, $400.3 million was provided to support large-scale, strategic regional infrastructure and headworks projects acknowledged as being of strategic importance to Western Australia. The fund aims to support strong investment in regional Western Australia and help leverage investment from other sources for projects that will contribute to the development of regional infrastructure and headworks. It also supports planning for infrastructure at the regional level and encourages regional communities to develop infrastructure projects that benefit local organisations and communities. Initiatives supported by the Regional Infrastructure and Headworks Fund include: Pilbara Cities Kimberley Revitalisation Gascoyne Revitalisation General initiatives Pilbara Cities Cabinet approved the Pilbara Cities initiative in June 2009, under the Royalties for Regions program, and the Pilbara Cities Office was established in August 2010. Pilbara Cities Vision Pilbara Cities aims to address the issues associated with the significant growth seen in the Pilbara region over the past decade. It seeks to build the populations of Karratha and Port Hedland into cities of 50,000 people, and Newman to 15,000 people, with other Pilbara towns growing into more attractive, sustainable local communities. Over $1 billion in Royalties for Regions funding has been committed and is being invested to help build modern, vibrant cities and regional centres that can support and deliver a skilled workforce for major economic projects in the Pilbara. The realisation of this vision rests on the promotion of quality regional living, with modern services and facilities that encourage the development of strong local communities. The key focus areas to achieve the Pilbara Cities Vision are: Infrastructure coordination – energy, water, waste water, roads, ports and marinas; Land availability and development – land preparation, planning, developer attraction and retention, and housing; Community projects and engagement – education, health, community facilities, and Indigenous participation; Economic diversification – industry development, supply chain development, business attraction and development, and transformational projects. With over one hundred projects underway, the Pilbara Cities Office is collaborating with a range of government, industry and community stakeholders to transform the region in a sustainable way and offer housing affordability, infrastructure upgrades, new health and education facilities and local business development. Refer to Appendix 4 for complete list of all Pilbara Cities projects. Nickol Bay Hospital A Royalties for Regions provision of $10 million in 2010-11 was provided as part of an ongoing program of financial assistance to upgrade health services and accommodation for staff at Karratha’s Nickol Bay Hospital (NBH). NBH was the last purpose-built hospital constructed in the Pilbara in 1982, in partnership with Woodside Petroleum Ltd, on behalf of the local community. It was considered a state-of-the-art facility when commissioned and was awarded as such. NBH has been long overdue for major redevelopment and repair to improve its overall functionality, and to meet modern fire, safety and security standards. Except for some limited internal modifications over the years and the conversion of a former inpatient ward into a dedicated community mental health outpatient unit in 2001, NBH has not had any major redevelopment investment since construction. By contemporary standards, the facility’s floor plan is inefficient and dysfunctional in spatial and staffing terms. Nickol Bay Hospital is one of 15 Integrated District Health Services sites across the WA Country Health Service (WACHS). It incorporates a medium-sized hospital and is the base for district-wide, community-based health and support services. There are very few GPs in Karratha and therefore WACHS employs its own doctors locally and uses visiting medical practitioners to provide primary care as well as hospital and emergency services. There is a heavy reliance on locum, agency and overseas- trained doctors. If residents of Karratha and the surrounding district require more specialised services, they are transferred to Port Hedland Regional Hospital or Perth. The State Government has committed $150 million over five years for the redevelopment of the Nickol Bay Health Campus. In order to address urgent staff accommodation demands on the hospital site, an immediate injection of funds has allowed for the planning, design and construction of staff accommodation. Disbursement Amount in 2010-11: $1 million Funded Agent: Department of Health Pilbara Cities Office The Pilbara Cities Office, formerly the Pilbara Revitalisation Unit received Royalties for Regions funding in 2010-11 with $12.76 million provided to establish and operate the Pilbara Cities Office for a period of five years. This money will also support additional resources for the clearance of development and environmental approvals in the Department of Planning and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority, supporting the delivery of the Pilbara Cities Vision. Key roles and functions of the Pilbara Cities Office are to: Engage with the Pilbara Development Commission to build the capacity of local communities, services, infrastructure and community well-being; Work with the Department of Planning to ensure the implementation of decisions of the Ministerial Taskforce on Approvals, Development and Sustainability; and Ensure that services are delivered in a coordinated and timely fashion and with appropriate community input through engagement with traditional owners, industry, Western Australian Planning Commission, Pilbara Regional Planning Committee, the Pilbara Development Commission and the Infrastructure Coordinating Committee. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.75 million for Pilbara Revitalisation Unit; $2.84 million for the Pilbara Cities Office Funded Agent: Department of Regional Development and Lands Pilbara Underground Power Project (PUPP) The Pilbara Underground Power Project will ensure a safe and reliable power supply for cyclone-prone communities and the industries surrounding them. The project is delivering underground power to the towns of Karratha, Roebourne, South Hedland and Onslow in an area commonly known as “cyclone alley”. Port Hedland, Point Samson and parts of Roebourne were completed under an earlier program. The current project will assist in ensuring energy security to the region and will upgrade or replace ageing power distribution infrastructure. A voltage upgrade to the distribution network in Karratha will also form part of the project. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $65.31 million Funded Agents: Horizon Power, Office of Energy and Pilbara Development Commission Karratha Service Workers’ Accommodation The Karratha Service Workers’ Accommodation project will provide accommodation for a specific sector that has a demonstrated need for accommodation assistance in the Pilbara. Karratha is a thriving mining town at the centre of Western Australia’s iron ore and gas industries. The mining boom has resulted in a high demand for permanent accommodation. Mining expansion in the area has seen major companies take up available rental housing on the market and push up rents. This has placed significant upward pressure on home purchase prices for non-mining employees. High housing costs make it difficult for non-resource sector employees to afford to live in Karratha unless they receive a significant level of accommodation support from their employer. Resource companies acknowledge the impact of the cost of accommodation on workers and provide staff with assistance. The same is true of some government employees who receive subsidised housing. The challenge is to provide accommodation for employees within the retail, personal services, hospitality, tourism and general service sectors. Although the State Government, through LandCorp, continues to release significant land in Karratha with the aim of improving housing affordability, the provision of the service workers’ accommodation will target a specific sector with a clear need for secure rental accommodation. The desired outcome of this 100 (one, two and three bedroom) unit initiative is to assist service workers in obtaining suitable, secure accommodation and help small business attract and retain service workers. This initiative will indirectly benefit members of the wider community who access the services provided and place downward pressure on underlying rents. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $28.4 million Funded Agent: LandCorp Housing for Workers – South Hedland Town Centre Revitalisation The South Hedland Town Centre requires comprehensive revitalisation to change perceptions relating to the town and build confidence about its future as an attractive place for business and residential investment. LandCorp has prepared a development plan to achieve this and has received funding of $23.3 million from Royalties for Regions over three years to implement the first two stages of the development plan. The resources boom in the Pilbara has contributed to the prosperity of Australia, but has also created unprecedented demand for housing and associated social facilities in towns such as Port Hedland, Newman and Karratha. In Port Hedland, some additional housing has been provided through subdivisions such as Pretty Pool, but environmental constraints, including storm surge, dust from stockpiles, and potential impact on turtles, have severely limited the development of land along the coast. A priority is to focus on a plan to improve the vitality and amenity of the town, by: Creating an area of concentrated social and economic activity; Taking actions to improve the visual appearance of the town centre through a street and park beautification plan; Facilitating the introduction of much-needed facilities and services that can be enjoyed by the entire community; and Providing development opportunities for commercial and residential land. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $15.495 million Funded Agent: LandCorp Pilbara Water Opportunities Initiative Following the release of the Pilbara Water Pre-feasibility Study in May 2009, $2.905 million in funding was allocated through Royalties for Regions to further explore water opportunities in the Pilbara. An expression of interest was released in October 2009. The ten successful projects include several biofuel pilot projects, a water bottling facility and a mobile pipe machine. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: Disbursed in 2009-10 Funded Agent: Department of Regional Development and Lands Pilbara Water Opportunities Projects Funding Project Project Description Location Approved ($) Balla Balla Water Aurox resources will undertake a Pilbara 0.48 Reuse Initiative feasibility study on the supply of million Study 5GL/annum of process water from Balla Balla mine site to Port Hedland from 2012, to provide a low-cost water supply for use by the Town of Port Hedland. Decca Station Ngarliyarndu Bindirri Aboriginal Pilbara 0.166 Project Corporation will engage 10 million Indigenous inmates from Roebourne Regional Prison in a train-to-work project specifically designed to implement water-sensitive techniques for agricultural production in the Pilbara. Energy Island Pilot AgGrow will produce high yielding Pilbara 0.25 Project biomass crops to deliver a reliable million and sustainable source of renewable fuel Evaluation of the The Fortescue Metals Group, Pilbara 0.445 Feasibility of Worley Parsons and MHW project million Solomon will assess the use of excess water Sustainable Water from FMG’s future Solomon operations, both during dewatering operation and as a potential water storage and redraw-supply scheme after mine closure. Groundwater Department of Water will undertake Pilbara 0.155 Resource Appraisal a study to understand the structure million and sustainability of the West Canning Basement. Integrated Mining Global Groundwater, Department of Pilbara 0.4 million and Irrigated Agriculture and Food WA and MWH Agriculture Water will undertake a more detailed Management Study feasibility study on the agriculture- related recommendations from the Pilbara Integrated Water Supply Pre-feasibility Study. The feasibility study proposes to transfer mine and aquifer discharge to an agricultural location to the north of Newman and Woodie Woodie. Mobile Pipe Machine West Australian Top Environmental Pilbara 0.05 Resource (WATER) will construct million and test a large-diameter continuous pipe machine. The aim of the pipe machine is to significantly reduce the supply cost of large-diameter pipelines. Nameless Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation Pilbara 0.15 Sustainable Energy will assess the feasibility of growing million Project oilseed crops for the production of biodiesel in the Shire of Ashburton using mine dewatering and groundwater. Pilbara Bottled The Pilbara Bottle Water Plant Pilbara 0.425 Water Project Project from Leighton Contractors million will establish a bottled water facility using excess dewatering; replacing plastic bottles with locally manufactured biodegradable bottles made from plant sugars. Woodie Biofuels Consolidated Minerals will use water Pilbara 0.25 Project from mine dewatering as irrigation million for biofuel crops near Woodie Woodie mine site. West Pilbara Water The Water Corporation and the Department of Regional Development and Lands have been examining water and wastewater projects in the Water Corporation capital works program that may be eligible to receive funding through the Royalties for Regions Regional Infrastructure and Headworks Fund. These projects may be used to meet water usage demands of major new residential, industry and resource projects, such as Pilbara Cities. They will complement the services provided in the Pilbara and Kimberley by the Water Corporation and support the growth in the North West region of the State. The Roebourne Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade has already been funded. This new project expands the Roebourne Wastewater Treatment Plant to cope with increased flow from development in the Roebourne townsite. With an estimated cost of $2 million, fully funded by Royalties for Regions, the project will involve construction of additional ponds and an upgrade of ancillary works at the existing treatment plant to provide a sustainable wastewater treatment and disposal system that caters for long-term growth in the area. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $1.957 million Funded Agent: Water Corporation Pilbara Health Partnership The WA Country Health Service is the largest country health system in Australia. Across the Pilbara, it services an area of more than half a million square kilometres. The service aims to provide a robust, sustainable and high-quality system of health service delivery that can meet the diverse and contemporary health needs of consumers in regional Western Australia. The Pilbara Health Partnership is a $38.2 million joint arrangement between the Western Australian Country Health Service ($32.9 million through Royalties for Regions funding) and industry through the Pilbara Industry’s Community Council ($5.29 million). Its basic aim is to deliver a range of health improvement services across the Pilbara including: Emergency transport Aboriginal liaison officers Emergency department medical equipment and telehealth initiatives Emergency management education and training program employment Medical specialists Nurse practitioners Indigenous training and employment The Karratha helipad CT scanner services at Nickol Bay Hospital in Karratha Sexual and family health workers Small hospital planning and revitalisation Improved clinical and medical imaging equipment Disbursement Amounts 2010-11: Disbursed in 2009-10 Funded Agent: Department of Health Ngarluma Aboriginal Sustainable Housing – Roebourne (NASH) The NASH project was initiated by the Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation to increase accommodation and improve the social and economic wellbeing of people in Roebourne. This involves $5 million for the development of 50 hectares of land currently classified as Unallocated Crown Land for the purpose of the NASH development. Over time, it is envisaged that the total project will comprise a 380 lot residential development, a school, seniors’ housing and a commercial centre. Stage One of the project involves the creation of 100 lots, including 50 for social and government employee housing to be purchased by the Department of Housing and 50 lots for the Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation. The NASH Project would help address issues of disadvantage in Roebourne, including high levels of unemployment and other social indicators deemed unacceptable. This is a particularly important because it not only provides much- needed housing in the region, but also focuses on Indigenous capacity building, collaboration and partnering. The total Royalties for Regions commitment to the $12.6 million project will be $5 million, with the $4.5 million provided in 2010-11 complementing the $0.5 million of funding provided in 2009-10 for land preparation. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $4.5 million Funded Agent: Department of Regional Development and Lands Roebourne Housing Initiatives An allocation of $5 million has been provided to the Department of Housing to address issues of overcrowding and social housing density in the town of Roebourne. The project will begin to address these issues by constructing 12 new social housing units. These houses are an essential part of the strategy to reduce the high levels of social housing that is concentrated in the precinct known as ‘The Village’. The project will ensure that new housing is provided to replace the current housing stock, which is 50-60 years old and requires demolishing. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $5 million Funded Agent: Department of Housing Pilbara Cities Community Projects Pilbara Cities Community Projects (formerly known as Pilbara Revitalisation Phase Two) are supporting initiatives to be developed between and with community, industry, State and Federal agencies and Aboriginal groups. This second stage will be coordinated through the Pilbara Strategic Directions Group. This will allow a central point for providing for the future needs of the region, recognising that significant work has already been undertaken in the Pilbara through the Pilbara Industry’s Community Council, the Pilbara Dialogue and various agency and community plans. There are three elements to the development of initiatives and decision-making for Pilbara Cities Community Projects: The Pilbara Strategic Directions Group – managed by the Pilbara Cities Office and the Pilbara Development Commission, the group acts as a central point for considering the future of the Pilbara, developing new initiatives and providing strategic advice to the Directors General Reference Group (formerly known as the Pilbara Revitalisation Plan Steering Committee). Directors General Reference Group – chaired by the Director General of the Department of Regional Development and Lands on behalf of the Minister for Regional Development, the group brings together Directors General of State agencies and local government to endorse and implement new initiatives. The Minister for Regional Development provides approval for projects to be presented to State Cabinet. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $22.86 million Funded Agent: Multiple See Appendix 4 for a list of further projects funded under Pilbara Cities Community Projects. Pilbara Health Equipment The Royalties for Regions program has allocated $2.5 million to replace medical and general clinical equipment and provide for service enhancements to improve health services in the Pilbara region. Clinical and medical imaging equipment delivered under this initiative in 2009-10 includes beds and mattresses, trolleys, monitoring and acute systems, ECG units, slit lamps, sterilisers, washer disinfectors, theatre tables and instruments, fast scanners, a bladder scanner, ultrasounds, digital general x-ray room, an OPG machine and a table top processor. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: Disbursed in 2009-10 Funded Agent: Department of Health Northern Towns Development Fund The objective of the fund is to assist in streamlining government approval processes and to develop regional and local planning frameworks in conjunction with industry, business, local government and the community. The fund was established with the recognition that effective planning at a local level is needed to identify priorities for local and regional infrastructure that can underpin sustainable growth and develop liveable towns. The Northern Towns Development Fund is intended to address the immediate ‘bottleneck’ of land release and infrastructure provision, by facilitating the short to medium-term delivery of effective planning instruments and outcomes and improve long-term regional and local planning. This should ensure local communities and businesses are engaged in influencing the future development of their towns. The Northern Towns Development Fund to date has supported two streams of activity in the Pilbara Cities Development Office and the North West Planning Program. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $5.34 million Funded Agent: Department of Planning, Environmental Protection Authority and local governments, Department of Regional Development and Lands Pilbara Cities Office Northern Towns Development Fund – Northern Planning The principle aim of the Northern Planning program is the delivery of strategic planning services by the Department of Planning in support of the Pilbara Cities Vision. Royalties for Regions will provide $2.5 million from the Northern Towns Development Fund to Northern Planning. In addition, two full-time equivalent positions at $0.6196 million over three years have been directed towards this project. Approved Amount 2010-11: $0.18 million Funded Agent: Department of Planning Kimberley Revitalisation Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project – Capital and Operating The Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project is a major State Government election commitment. Activity was ramped up in the 2010-11 financial year with construction of 14 kilometres of irrigation channel and 13 kilometres of road to support the 8,000 hectares of farmland that will make up Phase 2 of the project. Phase 1 construction was 75 per cent complete in the year. The project is funded by $220 million from Royalties for Regions in partnership with a $195 million investment from the Australian Government in the form of the East Kimberley Development Package to support education, housing, health and community services. Twenty-five of the 29 East Kimberley Development Packages commenced or were under construction in the 2010-11 year. The remaining projects are in the approvals or design phase. This project sets a precedent in Indigenous engagement and maximises Aboriginal involvement and employment opportunities. Indigenous employment between 24 per cent and 35 per cent was achieved (with a peak of 63 Aboriginal employees out of 180 staff). Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $66.208 million Funded Agent: Department of State Development Aboriginal Housing Like other towns in regional remote Western Australia, Kununurra, Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing suffer problems brought on by housing shortages. It is well established that a shortage of Aboriginal community housing and consequent overcrowding are linked to wider social problems in health, the capacity to sustain employment, domestic violence and school attendance. The aim of this $15 million project is to add to land release and community housing development programs of LandCorp and the Department of Housing by bringing new and additional land and additional affordable housing to the towns. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: Disbursed in 2009-10 Funded Agent: Kimberley Development Commission Broome Small Boat Facility Stage 1 An allocation of $35 million worth of funding has been made available to deliver Broome boating facilities appropriate for the recreational boating community accessing the ocean waters off Broome. The funding will be used to deliver improved and safer boating facilities that will accommodate 80 per cent of the projected growth in recreational and commercial craft boating needs in the Broome region to 2031. The facilities will improve boat launching at a range of tides, allow boat owners to safely embark and disembark, enable them to launch and retrieve vessels in a sheltered environment, make removal of medium sized vessels from the water easier, and provide passenger and equipment-handling facilities for charter and commercial operators. During the year, the Department of Transport facilitated a series of stakeholder consultations on various site options and facility configurations. A series of preliminary technical and heritage reports were completed and the facility concept for development at West Roebuck Bay was presented to the community at the North West Expo in May 2011. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $1.25 million Funded Agent: Department of Transport Kununurra Justice Complex Royalties for Regions is providing $43 million over four years for the construction of a temporary courthouse and a new courthouse and justice complex on the existing site in Kununurra. The current premises face severe space and operational constraints, do not meet current needs and cannot accommodate the forecast growth for court services in the region. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $1.3 million Funded Agent: Department of the Attorney General Broome Justice Complex Royalties for Regions has provided $0.5 million to undertake detailed scoping, planning, site selection and costing for a new courthouse and justice complex in Broome. The existing premises are too small, do not provide for existing demand and cannot accommodate the expected growth for court services. Initial estimates for upgrading the existing site are approximately $70 million. Before proceeding with any works on the site, and to ensure value for money, alternative sites in Broome are being investigated by State Government. An allocation of $0.5 million to undertake this investigation was made in 2010-11 to the Department of the Attorney General. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.35 million Funded Agent: Department of the Attorney General Gascoyne Revitalisation Funding of $159.7 million over five years has been committed for the revitalisation of the Gascoyne region, including $31 million in 2010-11. This significant investment by Royalties for Regions will see funding provided for the construction of service workers’ accommodation in Coral Bay, a new irrigation pipeline in Carnarvon to service the horticultural district ($7.565 million over two years), and $150 million over five years commencing in 2010-11 for major infrastructure, headworks and community priority projects under Gascoyne Development Plan funding. Gascoyne Development Plan The State Government and the Gascoyne community have recognised the need to invest in community infrastructure in the Gascoyne region in order to build a more sustainable social and economic base and help the region achieve its potential for growth. In May 2010, the State Government announced its commitment to modernise and transform Gascoyne communities by providing Royalties for Regions funding of $150 million over five years for major infrastructure, headworks and community priority projects. The initiative is a major new component of the Royalties for Regions Regional Infrastructure and Headworks Fund. The Gascoyne Revitalisation funding draws from the region’s 10-year infrastructure and headworks program outlined in the Gascoyne Regional Development Plan 2010-2020. Stage 1 of the plan supported a number of strategically significant infrastructure and community priority projects. Gascoyne Development Plan – Stage 1 – Carnarvon Police and Justice Complex Royalties for Regions has committed $9.5 million over two years to partner with $43 million already committed by the State Government to build a new Police and Justice Complex in Carnarvon. This new facility will be built on the Gascoyne Traders Site [lots 557 and 1059 on the corner of Robinson Street and Babbage Island Road]. Construction is expected to commence early in 2013 with the new complex operational by late 2014. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.38 million Funded Agent: Department of the Attorney General – Carnarvon Fascine Redevelopment Planning The Carnarvon Fascine Redevelopment Planning project is part of the overall Carnarvon Fascine Revitalisation. Technical studies – including an environmental impact study, dredging plan and geotechnical report – will be completed in this stage, along with clearance approvals such as Native Title for the Fascine Waterway. The $0.78 million planning project is fully funded by Royalties for Regions. The overall Carnarvon Fascine Revitalisation Project will see the town centre and waterway developed, with better access for recreational boats. This will bring together the parklands, town beach and boating activities to provide a very attractive area for the local population and tourists. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.312 million Funded Agent: Shire of Carnarvon – Carnarvon Boat Ramp Project This $3 million project, fully funded by Royalties for Regions, has seen the construction of a new recreational boat ramp away from the commercial wharf in Carnarvon, increasing safety for commercial and recreational vessels in the region and servicing Carnarvon’s substantial recreational boating community. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $1.9 million Funded Agent: Department of Transport – Carnarvon Library and Art Centre The new Carnarvon Library and Art Centre is a $4.245 million project that involves the relocation of the existing library and provision of an art centre at a new site in Carnarvon. Royalties for Regions is contributing a total of $3.625 million to this project ($1.857 million from the Gascoyne Development Plan and $1.768 million from the Gascoyne Regional Grants Scheme). The remaining funding of $0.62 million is being provided by the Shire of Carnarvon. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.7 million Funded Agent: Shire of Carnarvon Gascoyne Development Plan – Stage 2 The Gascoyne Development Plan and the Gascoyne Revitalisation Steering Committee are two key components underpinning the development of initiatives, decision-making and governance of Gascoyne Development Plan-funded projects. They reflect the Royalties for Regions’ principle of local decision-making and ownership of the Gascoyne Development Plan. The Gascoyne Regional Development Plan 2010-2020 was developed by the four local governments of Carnarvon, Exmouth, Shark Bay and Upper Gascoyne, working with the Gascoyne Development Commission. It provides the blueprint for the region’s 10-year infrastructure and headworks needs. The Gascoyne Revitalisation Steering Committee brings together regional leaders, local government partners and the Department of Regional Development and Lands to develop and implement initiatives informed by the Plan for reference, first to the Royalties for Regions Directors General Reference Group and then to the Minister for Regional Development and Cabinet for approval. Gascoyne Development Plan (GDP) Stage 2 projects include: Gascoyne Junction Town Centre and Tourism Facilities GDP funds of $3 million have been allocated to the Shire of Upper Gascoyne to allow for the urgent rebuilding and enhancement of the Gascoyne Junction town centre, following the devastation to the town centre facilities caused by floods in December 2010. The initiative will deliver an integrated retail, tourism and accommodation development, including a town general store, licensed premises and restaurant, service station and tourist park with air-conditioned cabins, caravan park and camping grounds. The proposed land for development is above the one-in-100-year flood level. The total cost of the project is estimated at $3.5 million, with the Shire of Upper Gascoyne contributing the balance of $0.5 million. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $1.5 million Funded Agent: Department of Regional Development and Lands Exmouth CBD Revitalisation The Exmouth CBD Revitalisation and Foreshore Development is a $0.74 million project for the master planning and design of key community spaces. This project will provide the blueprint for future CBD revitalisation and development along the foreshore, and will be pivotal to enhancing retail/commercial development and opportunities in the town, as well as providing a place for resident and non-resident populations to interact, enjoy and live. Royalties for Regions is contributing $0.676 million towards this planning to accompany $0.064 million committed by the Shire of Exmouth. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.15 million Funded Agent: Department of Regional Development and Lands Shark Bay Community Sport and Recreation Centre $3.9 million in GDP funding will enable the construction of a Community Sport and Recreation Centre in Denham. This Centre will provide the community of Shark Bay with a much needed and integrated venue for indoor sport and recreation and community meetings. It will also provide the community with an emergency evacuation facility that can accommodate up to 500 people for short periods in the eventof a disaster. The total project cost is $5.1 million with $0.25 million being contributed by the Royalties for Regions Regional Grants Scheme in addition to the $3.9 million GDP funding. The Shire of Shark Bay is contributing the remaining $0.95 million. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.6 million Funded Agent: Department of Regional Development and Lands Carnarvon Fascine Foreshore Development: Phase 1 – Town Beach/Robinson Street This $8 million project, fully funded by Royalties for Regions, will be pivotal in enhancing and increasing retail/commercial development and opportunities in the Carnarvon central business district and will enhance the attractiveness of the Town of Carnarvon as a tourist destination. This revitalisation will be achieved by improving traffic flows along Robinson Street, enhancing existing streetscapes, landscapes and amenities, and increasing bicycle and pedestrian access and safety. The project will also see the reduction of flood risk to the town CBD due to works to 100m of fascine wall, between the Olivia Terrace/Robinson St intersection and the town beach. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.2 million Funded Agent: Department of Regional Development and Lands Gascoyne Revitalisation Unit The Gascoyne Revitalisation Unit has been established within the Department of Regional Development and Lands to work closely with the four Gascoyne local governments, the Gascoyne Development Commission, State Government agencies, industry and community to implement the GRP. The Unit consists of three positions with one position based regionally in Carnarvon. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: To be drawn down 2011-12 Funded Agent: Department of Regional Development and Lands Other projects that form part of the broader Gascoyne Revitalisation include: – Coral Bay Seasonal Workers’ Accommodation This is a project to provide quality, affordable staff accommodation for seasonal workers in Coral Bay. The construction of seasonal staff accommodation in Coral Bay will occur on a parcel of land covering 8,263m2 owned by the Baiyungu Aboriginal Corporation (BAC). The facility will be leased back by the State for a period of 10 years and at the end of this lease term, the State will return the accommodation village to the BAC. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $9.04 million Funded Agent: Department of Regional Development and Lands – Gascoyne Irrigation Pipeline $7.565 million has been proposed for the upgrade of the Gascoyne Irrigation Pipeline. The pipeline will cater for the existing irrigation area and provide pipe capacity for infill and expansion. The new pipeline will allow for future incremental expansion of the production area though infill, prolongation of blocks and potentially the development of new areas. The overall benefit to irrigators, the region and State is based on a pipeline sized to cater for: existing irrigators (approximately 1,200 hectares); infill development (approximately 400 hectares); and expanded future development (approximately 400 hectares). The pipeline will be sized sufficiently to service the above customer groups, however, other assets including pump stations, bore fields and headworks will need to be privately funded to effectively double the irrigable area and achieve full regional development benefits. The upgrade of the Gascoyne Irrigation Pipeline will have substantial economic, social and environmental benefits for the Gascoyne Region. Gascoyne Water Cooperative awarded the construction contract to Pipe Fusions Australia during the year and work has commenced. The Department of Water is the primary co- ordinating agency for the project. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $1 million Funded Agent: Department of Water Carnarvon Artesian Basin Pastoral Diversification Provision of $0.075 million was made available to help develop a Pastoral Diversification Business Case that will determine sustainable pastoral diversification opportunities for the use of Carnarvon Artesian Basin water recovered during the bore-capping rehabilitation project. The business case will recommend appropriate Government incentives and contributions by pastoralists to progress pastoral diversification. The Departments of Water and Agriculture and Food have continued to progress research and analysis to guide the report during the past year. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: Disbursed in 2009-10 Funded Agent: Department of Water Tantabiddi Boat Ramp Upgrade $2.2 million has been committed to upgrade launching facilities and improve parking and turnaround areas at the Tantabiddi boat ramp in Exmouth. This project will assist in providing a safe passenger transfer point for tourists joining ocean charter vessels to enjoy the popular whale shark experience. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: To be drawn down in 2011-12 Funded Agent: Department of Transport General Initiatives Regional Schools Plan Royalties for Regions has allocated $100.5 million over four years for the Regional Schools Plan 2010-2014, to provide better educational opportunities for rural and remote students by constructing new and refurbished facilities at 13 schools in regional Western Australia. This plan includes capital works projects at: Broome Senior High School; Carnarvon Senior High School; Collie Senior High School; Denmark High School; Derby District High School; Esperance Primary School; Hedland Senior High School; Karratha Senior High School; Katanning Senior High School; Merredin Senior High School; Narrogin Senior High School; Northam Senior High School and Pinjarra Senior High School. Merredin Senior High School was the first school to be funded under the plan in 2010-11. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $5 million Funded Agent: Department of Education Regional Residential College Upgrades Growing demand, changes in regional secondary education service arrangements and the need to upgrade or replace substandard buildings have driven the decision to make a range of additions and improvements to regional residential colleges. Royalties for Regions funding of $51.887 million over four years has been allocated to help upgrade these facilities. Implementation of capital works at regional colleges in Esperance and Merredin have commenced and will ensure that these facilities have the capacity to meet the demand for quality boarding places in those regional centres. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $2.49 million Funded Agent: Country Hostels Authority Community Safety Network Up to $94.5 million in Royalties for Regions funding has been approved towards implementation of the Community Safety Network. The project will replace the Police Regional Radio Network with a “fit-for-purpose” digital regional radio communications network that will improve efficiency and allow interoperability of emergency communications by the Fire and Emergency Services Authority, WA Police and the Department of Corrective Services. The project underwent a Department of Treasury and Finance Gateway Review during the year and contracts were awarded to Motorola for the delivery of a fit-for- purpose digital radio network. The contract involves extending the Perth metropolitan trunked radio network to the major regional centres of Albany, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and the Pilbara. Motorola will also provide digital terminal equipment to the three agencies under a second contract. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $6.7 million Funded Agent: WA Police Regional Mobile Communications Project Up to $40 million has been allocated across the forward estimates towards addressing the shortcomings of mobile telephone coverage on the State’s major regional highways. The project will increase the number of mobile telephone base stations in regional Western Australia to provide major highway and arterial road coverage in regional areas. It will also increase the availability of high-speed wireless broadband in regional areas of Western Australia. Opportunities to work with the Australian Government’s National Broadband Network will also be explored. Priority areas under consideration include the Pilbara, Mid West, Gascoyne, Kimberley and Wheatbelt regions and benefits are expected to extend to the Goldfields, Peel, Great Southern and South West regions. The broad knowledge and expertise of the interagency committee overseeing the project design, combined with independent analysis of the tender responses over the past year, will ensure the most strategic site selection for mobile telephone infrastructure investment during contract award negotiation and roll out. The project will extend social and economic benefits to people living and working in regional Western Australia. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.2 million Funded Agent: Department of Commerce Community Emergency Mobile Communications Project Mobile telephone base stations were constructed and commissioned in Balingup, Quongup and Kukerin during the year. The base stations have provided mobile telephone coverage and enabled agencies such as WA Police and the Fire and Emergency Services Authority to communicate effectively from field operation centres in emergency situations. The initiative has won State and Federal communication awards, recognising that the provision of mobile and broadband can support improved emergency service delivery and provide social benefits to regional communities in Western Australia. The project has delivered enhanced safety and convenience for people living, working and holidaying in regional Western Australia, and has improved delivery of government and emergency services in communities that are prone to a high risk of bushfires and road trauma. The infrastructure provided under the initiative allows for the enhanced delivery of government and non-government emergency services in regional communities through collocation on purpose-built telecommunications infrastructure. Disbursement amount 2010-11: Disbursed in 2009-10 Funded Agent: Department of Commerce Housing for Workers – Government Regional Officers’ Housing A major goal of the State Government is to attract and retain workers such as nurses, teachers and police officers to live and work in remote and regional Western Australia. In 2009, the State Government announced a major stimulus package that includes the provision of $200 million in Royalties for Regions funding for the Government Regional Officers’ Housing program to deliver 400 properties to house government employees. As of 30 June 2011, 306 are complete and the full 400 are due to be completed by 30 June 2012. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $58.55 million Funded Agent: Department of Housing Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme Royalties for Regions is providing an annual funding boost of $20 million over four years to increase the capacity of the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme to deliver improved boating infrastructure to Western Australian communities. Funding is made available for the planning or development of new recreational boating facilities and the upgrading of existing facilities. A total of 53 regional projects received $5.37 million in funding through the scheme, which will be allocated over two years from 2011-12. Additionally, four state coastal priority projects, located in Albany, Carnarvon, Coral Bay and Jurien Bay, were funded with construction commencing in 2010-11. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $1.7 million Funded Agent: Department of Transport Regional Airports Development Scheme Up to $27 million has been allocated over five years towards the Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS). The project funds the costs of ensuring regional aviation infrastructure and airport services are developed and maintained to facilitate safe and efficient aviation services and to enhance economic growth in Western Australia. The project enables regional airport owners to upgrade their facilities through: infrastructure development projects; airport master planning; maintenance projects for aircraft movement areas; and terminal development. Western Australia was the first state to provide funding in this form for airport infrastructure in regional areas. Some other Australian states have since developed similar programs. Royalties for Regions funding has brought forward critical and essential regional airport upgrades. The scaled-up RADS program is achieving success by transforming airports across regional Western Australia, ensuring they remain safe and operate efficiently. A number of funded airport upgrades were completed and announced during the past twelve months, including in Geraldton and Kalgoorlie. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $2.9 million Funded Agent: Department of Transport Conservation Parks Infrastructure and Roads National parks and other conservation reserves are the basis for much of Western Australia’s tourism profile around the world and are popular destinations for holidays and recreational activities, attracting 14 million visits last financial year. The allocation of $20 million over four years from Royalties for Regions to the Conservation Parks Infrastructure and Roads Initiative is an investment in both conservation and the nature-based tourism industry and will: promote Western Australia’s parks as a key resource for the expanding nature-based recreation and tourism industries, while maintaining their conservation value; improve access to low-cost caravan and camping opportunities in natural areas throughout Western Australia; improve the safety and level of road access to parks and other natural areas in Western Australia; and deliver improvements in park management and infrastructure to increase the quality of experiences for park visitors. Funding of up to $2 million per site is required to provide base services including power, water and waste treatment. It is proposed that Naturebank sites will be developed in Purnululu National Park (Kimberley), Cape Le Grand National Park, Francois Peron National Park (Shark Bay), Windjana Gorge (Kimberley) and Wharncliffe Mill (Margaret River). The upgrades will be undertaken at Lane-Poole Reserve (Dwellingup), Cape Range National Park (Ningaloo), Wellington National Park (Collie), Yalgorup National Park (Mandurah) and Serpentine National Park. Investment will be made in upgrading roads, including new alignments, and in maintenance to existing roads. Major upgrades are required at Kalbarri National Park and Karijini National Park. These initiatives will also create regional employment opportunities, especially for Aboriginal people. Park infrastructure upgrades and promotion will be undertaken at priority sites to improve visitor experience and safety. Improvements will include park infrastructure such as parking areas, walk trails, visitor risk management and site interpretation. Upgrades will also be undertaken at Kalbarri and Torndirrup national parks. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $2.5 million Funded Agent: Department of Environment and Conservation Kalgoorlie Hospital A total of $15.8 million has been made available over three years to the Kalgoorlie Health Campus redevelopment project. The construction of a three-bed palliative care facility for the existing medical ward was completed in December 2010. The entire redevelopment is scheduled for completion in late 2013. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $6.7 million Funded Agent: Department of Health Albany Hospital A total of $60.9 million has been allocated towards the redevelopment of the Albany Health Campus to support the delivery of: Additional mental health capacity (increase of six acute beds); Improved maternity, nursery and delivery suite services; Improved capacity to meet theatre, day surgery and central sterile supply department requirements; Infrastructure compliance with current standards; High-dependency unit and isolation units; and Expanded emergency department. Progress during the year included demolition of redundant infrastructure, appointment of subcontractors and essential site works. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $20.3 million Funded Agent: Department of Health Busselton Health Campus A total of $40.5 million has been allocated towards the construction of the new Busselton Health Campus. The funding will be used to construct an 80-bed hospital and a collocated community Health Centre and Community Mental Health Centre on the existing Busselton Hospital site. This contemporary, fully integrated health facility will enhance quality, optimise the allocation and utilisation of resources and will promote the role of the Busselton Hospital as a supporting hospital for the regional hub and greater South West region. The expected completion date for the new campus is May 2014. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: To be disbursed in 2011-12 Funded Agent: Department of Health Bunbury to Albany Gas Pipeline Funding of $20 million has been approved to commence the assembly of a land corridor for a potential gas pipeline to run from Bunbury to Albany. A separate report will focus on the viability of the extension of the pipeline and provide Government with the necessary information to consider whether to progress with the construction of the pipeline. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.25 million Funded Agent: Department of Regional Development and Lands Living Lakes (Feasibility and Planning) Living Lakes proposes to enhance existing lake systems and create permanent and accessible water bodies in the Wheatbelt and adjoining regions, by using engineering solutions such as weirs, channels and canals. These natural lakes will be transformed into permanent living reservoirs that will re-establish the native flora and fauna and attract people, industry, services and recreational facilities to the area. Living Lakes intends to offer another incentive to live in regional communities and an opportunity for economic diversification. A total of $1.6 million in Royalties for Regions funding has been allocated over two years to complete the Living Lakes project (the first stage of which is the feasibility study). The contract to undertake the feasibility study has been awarded and the final assessment report will indicate the feasibility, cost and benefit to the community of turning up to three lakes into permanent and accessible water bodies. The study is due to be completed by the end of 2012. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $0.2 million Funded Agent: Department of Regional Development and Lands Remote Indigenous Health Clinics Department of Health is allocated $0.15 million in 2010-11 as part of a total of $22 million over four years for the upgrade of a number of Remote Indigenous Health Clinics. Access to appropriate health clinic infrastructure in remote locations is critical to the achievement of national and state priorities for Indigenous health. These priorities focus on closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage and, in particular, improving primary health care in remote locations, improving child and maternal health care, better management of chronic disease and improved prevention and screening. The key objective of the redevelopment of remote Indigenous health clinics is to optimise access to quality primary health care services in remote Aboriginal communities by ensuring that all clinics are fit-for-purpose. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: To be disbursed in 2011-12 Funded Agent: Department of Health Regional Distribution Headworks Scheme – Refunds Royalties for Regions funding of $7.33 million from the 2010-11 Budget has been allocated to meet the cost of subsidising Western Power’s Distribution Headworks Scheme. The Regional Distribution Headworks Scheme is a one-off charge for customers requiring a new connection to Western Power’s electricity network, or upgrading the capacity of their existing connection. This charge is only required at remote or edge- of-grid locations, where tariffs would not recover the cost of providing increased network capacity. The current Headworks Charge and Subsidy Scheme was introduced in 2007 and had drawn criticism from some customers facing large charges despite the subsidy. On 2 May 2010, Cabinet endorsed a decision to increase the Subsidy Scheme to 100 per cent of the charge (up to $1 million) and for $7.3 million of Royalties for Regions funding to be used to refund customers who have paid the Headworks charge since the inception of the Subsidy Scheme in 2007. Disbursement amount 2010-11: Disbursed in 2009-10 Funded Agent: Western Power Rushton Park A total of $0.125 million has been allocated to the City of Mandurah for the completion of the new Rushton Park Pavilion facilities. Grandstand seating capacity will be expanded to 720 and Australian Broadcast Commission television facilities will be provided to enable broadcast of regional sporting events. Disbursed Amount 2010-11: $0.125 million Funded Agent: City of Mandurah Regional Capital Works Initiative A total of $218.8 million has been allocated for capital works programs over four years, to be prioritised by the Regional Development Council. This funding will provide an opportunity to partner with country local governments and the Australian Government to develop key regional infrastructure projects. Disbursed Amount 2010-11: $4.4 million Funded Agent: Department of Regional Development and Lands Other projects funded by the Regional Capital Works Initiative include: – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre Expansion Funding of $5 million has been made available to expand the capacity of the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre and update the existing facilities to ensure a consistent level of finish throughout the building. This will provide improved facilities for a range of events, including a fully integrated theatre/conference facility to accommodate major events. Disbursed Amount 2010-11: $5 million Funded Agent: City of Bunbury – Mid West Solar Farm – Mid West Initiative Funding of $10 million has been approved to contribute to the construction, commission and operation of a 10MV Solar Photovoltaic Power Station in the Mid West region. The project, when completed, will supply commercial-scale quantities of renewable electricity into the South West Interconnected System. The Project will also produce Renewable Energy Certificates and Capacity Credits. Disbursement Amount 2010-11: $5 million Funded Agent: Verve Energy Please refer to page 26 – Regional Strategic Projects for information on additional projects prioritised by the Regional Development Council.
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