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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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