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RDA Goldfields Esperance Committee Appointments

The Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Warren Truss reappointed Ms Julia Shadlow-Bath as Chair of the Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance (RDAGE) committee and appointed Mr David Nicholson as Deputy Chair.
The RDA Goldfields Esperance committee members have a broad and diverse skills base and bring leadership and experiences from across the Goldfields Esperance region. The RDAGE Committee members are:
  • Leslie-Ann Conway - Director of Ngunytju Tjitji Pirni (NTP)
  • Ben Fox - Creative Director of the 2014 Regional Arts Australia Summit and the Arts and Edges Festival
  • Ian Goldfinch - Shire President of the Shire of Ravensthorpe
  • Patrick Hill - Shire President of the Shire of Laverton
  • Chris Hobart - former General Manager of NG Media
  • Peta Jurgens – Community Relations Officer with KCGM

Developing Arts and Culture in the Goldfields

Following on from the success of the national Regional Arts Australia (RAA) Summit held in Kalgoorlie in October 2014, RDA Goldfields Esperance (RDAGE) joined forces with Country Arts WA (CAWA) in order to develop a long term vision and framework for arts and culture in the Goldfields Esperance region. The RDAGE-CAWA partnership is also seeking to develop a program for a public arts festival to be held in Kalgoorlie, with the long term aim of extending the region’s appeal as a cultural tourism destination.
In November 2014, RDAGE and Country Arts WA released a survey inviting feedback about the RAA Summit and the Arts & Edges Festival. The survey revealed that respondents thought leadership training, skills development and capacity building were the areas of highest need.

RDAGE and Country Arts WA also conducted two Arts Forums, the first of which was held in Kalgoorlie on Tuesday 10th February and the second in Esperance on Thursday 12th February. The forums were attended by more than fifty-five people from Kalgoorlie, Wiluna, Leonora, Norseman, Laverton and Esperance. Participants strongly reconfirmed their keen interest, commitment and passion for regional arts and culture.

The first draft of the regional Arts and Cultural Framework will be distributed to stakeholders for comment before the final document is released at the end of April 2015.


Over the Horizon 2015

The Over the Horizon forum, conducted by the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) in conjunction with the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission (GEDC) was held in Esperance on Thursday 5th March. RDA Goldfields Esperance sponsors this important event, in support of business and industry in the south of the region.
The keynote speaker was Joe Francis, the Minister for Small Business, who provided participants with an overview of the Small Business portfolio. Other speakers included:
  • John Nicolaou from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, who provided a snapshot of the State’s economy and forecast trends for 2015
  • Julie Hill from the Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA, who gave an overview of the mining industry in the South East region
  • Brett Thorp fromthe Real Estate Institute of WA, who discussed real estate trends and predictions for Esperance
  • Veronica Bertola from the South East Premium Wheatgrower’s Association,who outlined SEPWA’s community wi-fi plans
  • Roban-Lynne Clarke from AusIndustry, who provided information about Industry grants and assistance available from the Federal government
  • David English from Sirius Resources, who gave an update on the Fraser Range and Nova projects and opportunities this will bring to Esperance and the South East region
  • Michael Rodriguez from Poseidon Nickel, who discussed the progress of their Lake Johnson mine and the flow on effects for Esperance
  • CEO’s from the Shires of Esperance and Ravensthorpe, who provided a snapshot of activities in their Shires and upcoming projects.

Esperance Waterfront Opening

Hundreds of people flocked to the official opening of the Esperance Waterfront and enjoyed festivities including market stalls, live music, free exercise classes and a children’s treasure hunt. The opening took place on Sunday 30th November 2014, with the Federal Member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson, and several other State and Federal government members attending the festivities.
Work on the revitalisation of the Esperance Waterfront Project began in June 2012 and was completed in October 2014. A sea wall was constructed using local granite from the Esperance quarry and a new headland was constructed and linked to the old tanker jetty.
Funding for the $24 million dollar project came from various sources including Royalties for Regions, the Shire of Esperance, the Regional Development Australia Fund, Lotterywest and the Magellan Fund.
Work on the project included the construction of new footpaths and cycle-ways, extensive landscaping with coastal native plants, extension to car parks, the building of new picnic and barbeque shelters, and a new children’s adventure playground on the headland. A fantastic piece of public art, the Whale Tail sculpture, was also installed at the James Street Precinct.
The Esperance Waterfront project was constructed by many local contractors and will continue to deliver local economic benefits by bringing tourists to the town and connecting the Central Business District with all activities and events that take place on the foreshore.

National Stronger Regions Fund – Round Two

The National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) is an initiative to boost social and economic development in Australia’s regions by funding priority infrastructure projects in local communities. The Australian Government has committed $1 billion to the fund over five years commencing from 2015–16.
NSRF funding will be provided for capital projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade, extension or enhancement of existing infrastructure. Projects selected for funding should deliver an economic benefit to the region beyond the period of construction, and should support disadvantaged regions or areas of disadvantage within a region.
The fund is open to the following eligible organizations:

  • Local Councils
  • Not-for-profit organizations (not owned by a Local or State Government)
  • Other organizations can participate where they are a member of a consortium led by an eligible applicant.

Organizations can apply for grants of between $20,000 and $10 million. Grant funding must be matched in cash on at least a dollar for dollar basis, and the funded part of the project must be completed on or before 31 December 2019.
Applications for Round Two funding will open on 1 May and close on 31 July 2015.


Further information about NSRF

Supporting Ausdance WA

Ausdance WA has commissioned a community dance production called Silent Volumes, as part of their Future Landings program.
Silent Volumes will be choreographed by local dancer, choreographer and producer - Pare Randall. Pare will work with local people in a series of developmental workshops to weave together sound, dance and art into a final performance.
Owen Hinton has been employed on a part-time basis as Project Coordinator and Production Manager. For the duration of the Future Landings project, Owen will be working from the RDA Goldfields Esperance office at 171 Piccadilly Street, Kalgoorlie.

For more information please contact:
Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance
171 Piccadilly Street, PO Box 10331, Kalgoorlie WA 6433
Phone: (08) 9091 6051 | Fax: (08) 9022 9151