November 2014 - E-Newsletter

Meet GEDC new CEO

Newly appointed CEO of the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission,  Shayne Flanagan, is no stranger to regional development. Shayne brings to the position a wealth of experience gained in regional WA.Shayne Flanagan

Prior to his appointment as CEO of the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission Shayne headed the Esperance Port Authority as CEO for three years. He was the Regional Manager for Southern Region at the GEDC for four years and previously worked for the Department of Transport and the Shire of Esperance.

Shayne is passionate about the region and confident that the GEDC has a major role to play in its development and prosperity. 

Regional Grants Scheme and Community Chest Funding now open

The Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission (GEDC) is pleased to announce the Goldfields-Esperance Regional Grants Scheme and Goldfields-Esperance Community Chest Fund are now open.
The Goldfields-Esperance Regional Grants Scheme is a Royalties for Regions initiative that aims to improve economic and community infrastructure and services in regional Western Australia. The Goldfields-Esperance Regional Grants Scheme provides an opportunity for community, public and not-for-profit organisations to access funds between $20,001 and $300,000 for projects that will improve and develop infrastructure and services in the Goldfields-Esperance region.
The Goldfields-Esperance Community Chest Fund is a newly established small grants program, aimed at providing funds for smaller community projects up to $20,000.”R4R
The Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission is now seeking applications for the 2014-15 Royalties for Regions Goldfields-Esperance Regional Grants Scheme and Community Chest Fund.
Applications for both grants close Thursday 11 December 2014. For more information, including program guidelines and application forms please visit the GEDC website  or contact GEDC
 Senior Project Officer, Kris Starcevich on 9083 2201.

Goldfields highlight efforts to advance regional education

During October the Rural and Remote Education Advisory Council (RREAC) and the Western Australian Aboriginal Education and Training Council (WAAETC) jointly held their  three day regional annual meeting in the City of Kalgoorlie - Boulder with visits to Coolgardie.Attendees at RREAC

With Education Minister Collier and Brian Ellis, MLC, Chair of RREAC in attendance, the GEDC co-ordinated and presented a session to the twenty six Council members.  Darren Cooke of Northern Star Resources and Chair of the Goldfields Education Mining Industry Alliance (GEMIA) and Christine Boase of Anglo Gold Ashanti and the Leonora Laverton Cross Cultural Association (LLCCA) shared success stories of linking regional students to industry learning and experiences, and building career pathways. The work of GEMIA has contributed to strong interest in sciences, and mining related studies or employment and  LLCCA’s  work in the Northern Goldfields showed the impact of building social and educational concepts into a  program when parents, older and younger student can work together for rewarding outcomes.

Bill McKenzie Chair of the Goldfields Esperance Tertiary Education Alliance, the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s education subcommittee and member of the Goldfields Institute of Technology’s Governing Council outlined the unrelenting efforts of these groups and others in the region to provide education and training opportunities comparable to those available in the metropolitan area.
The GEDC aligned to the messages of other presenters with statistical information on industry needs, student interests and options for post high school study or in-school support. The three day event was considered informative and productive by all.


Regional Arts Summit - a resounding success

Goldfields Arts Centre

The inclement weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of over 550 delegates who attended the Regional Arts Summit, Arts and Edges held  in Kalgoorlie-Boulder on October 16-19. The summit, held every two years in regional centres, is a major event that attracts artists, community volunteers, arts and cultural workers, community development managers and cultural leaders.

 Federal Minister for the Arts, Senator George Brandis and WA Arts Minister John Day attended the Summit and keynote speakers included Brian Ritchie, curator of MONA FOMA, music and visual arts festival in Hobart, Lindy Hume, Artistic Director at Opera Queensland, Ria and Ewan of Papermoon Puppet Theatre from Indonesia as well as the founders of Cemeti Art House, Indonesia and Genevieve Grieves, recently lead curator for the First People's Exhibition in Melbourne. Kalgoorlie-Boulder locals were able to participate in many public events and the festival atmosphere was best captured in the yarn bombing of the magnificant Egan Street jacarandas.

Photos of the summit are available in the GEDC picture gallery.

What's down the Track

The annual "What's down the Track" forum, held in Kalgoorlie on 25 October, was the most successful to date, according to Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry President, Lee Jacobsen. More than 200 delegates attended the event.  Thirty representatives from the mining, resources, transport and finance industries as well as state and local government representatives and agencies made presentations on the current situation of their companies or What's down the track forumorganisations and plans for the future.

The mood was upbeat with many speakers reporting high-grade discoveries in the region. Chamber of Minerals and Energy  Manager Eastern Region, Holly Phillips, said it was "evident that the resources sector faced some difficult challenges, which required fresh thinking and innovation" but added that while not much was expected in the short term there was a definite sense of optimism and entrepreneurial spirit. 
GEDC Chair Tony Crook briefed the attendees on the current status of the Goldfields Revitalisation Fund, the Goldfields-Esperance Regional Investment Blueprint and the future directions for the organisation.

Study sheds light on housing in Goldfields-Esperance Region

The key findings of a study recently undertaken by the Department of Housing in partnership with the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission (GEDC) and Landcorp echo the sentiments of many community stakeholders who have expressed their concern about the level of housing need and affordability for some groups across the region.
The Goldfields-Esperance Regional Housing Needs study is a part of a region-wide housing study to help decision makers plan for changing households and future population. It looks at the type of housing available in the region and profiles housing requirements for the region to 2020. It also looks at accommodation for specialised needs for a variety of groups including seniors, people with disabilities and low incomes groups. Some of the key findings across the region to 2020 include the need for:Muscamp Retirement Village

  • an additional 1,000 residential dwellings;

  • an additional 270 retirement village or independent living units;

  • an additional 300 aged care places;

  • provision of accommodation for 2,000 people with special needs; and 

  • an additional 380 dwellings to meet current need for Aboriginal households.

The study involved liaison with local communities and organisations over the last year including accommodation providers. The study provides a breakdown of housing profiles by Local Government area with commentary on housing requirements and need for each Local Government area.  

Regional University Study - tender allocated

A West Australian company, Carpe Diem, has been chosen to conduct a feasibility study and develop a business case into the need for a regional universities campus in Kalgoorlie-Boulder with potential satellite campuses in Leonora and Esperance. While Curtin University provides mining courses through the WA School of Mines, other disciplines have limited or no regional higher logopresence. Online study, sometimes an isolating or inadequate experience, is the only other option for tertiary study in the region.
The project, which originated through the Goldfields-Esperance Tertiary Education Alliance, will determine the viability of a Regional Universities Campus and the optimum tertiary service model for the Goldfields-Esperance region. The report is expected by the end of March 2015.

Western Desert Kidney Health Project team launches book and dvd

Geoff Stokes, Christine Jefferies Stokes, J Kendall and W Duncan at booklaunch A large group of project participants and community leaders gathered at Wongatha Bini recently to celebrate the launch of a booklet and DVD to mark the conclusion of one of the most exciting projects in the region of recent years. The Western Desert Kidney Health Project was a multi-disciplined team of community development, Indigenous arts/health workers medical, and artistic practitioners collaborating to reduce the prevalence of kidney disease and diabetes.

The major elements of the project were to design and build two six ton four wheel drive vehicles to deliver a mobile clinic service ran by health professionals and an Arts in Health Promotion ran by artists to educate people about kidney health with the aim to reduce diabetes and kidney disease by 20% in 10 targeted indigenous communities in the Western Desert and Goldfields of remote WA by working with the people who live there.

The clinical and intervention aspects of the project took three years and the research team worked with existing health services and the community so that at the end of 3 years they were better placed to continue clinical care, health promotion and early intervention and also able to target services to those in most need, better plan services and commence treatment at an earlier stage of the disease to reduce complications.

The mobile clinic and arts truck went to each community. Artists travelled with the team and worked with people to develop their own stories about how to be healthier. At the end of each visit, an event was held to show off the healthy stories created by the community.

The beautifully illustrated booklet shows stories of each community and the DVD presents sand animations used to tell the stories.  More information on this project is available on

Agricola Residential College Redevelopment off to a good start

Wendy Duncan MLA and Dr Kim Hames at Agricola College with School of Mines Students and Curtin VC

Minister for Training and Workforce Development Dr Kim Hames visited Kalgoorlie in early October to turn the first sod of the Agricola Residential College redevelopment project. The $30 million project includes a contribution of $20 million through the Royalties for Regions program and the remaining funding from Curtin University.

The project is a partnership between the Departments of Training and Workforce Development and Regional Development, Curtin University, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Goldfields Institute of Technology. It will provide high quality accommodation for 228 students and will involve the construction of new facilities, comprising 180 individual bedrooms, as well as the refurbishment of existing 48 bed single storey accommodation. The new facility will be used by students studying at Curtin University's West Australian School of Mines and the Goldfields Institute of Technology.

New Chair and Members rejuvenate GEDC Board

The appointment of a new Chair and of  five new members to the Board of the GEDC  has given new impetus to the organisation.  Announcing the appointments, Minister for Regional Development, Terry Redman said the GEDC was responsible for the Goldfields-Esperance Revitalisation Plan and a strong and efficient leadership was needed to deliver crucial community initiatives.

New GEDC Chair, Tony Crook

Former Member for O’Connor Tony Crook has been appointed  Chair of the Commission, while current board member John Bowler has been appointed Deputy Chair. Other new board appointments are Malcolm Heasman, Gail Adamson-Reynolds, Kate Fielding, Christine Boase and Kevin Doig. The term of current board member Ron Yuryevich has been extended for 12 months while fellow board member Matthew Taylor will continue to serve his current term to 2016.

“This is an important milestone in providing stability and reinvigorated leadership to the GEDC,” the Minister said.

The new appointments to the board bring a diverse set of expertise and experience, with backgrounds in mining, local government, Aboriginal affairs, tourism, small business and education.

VETiS Awards Breakfast biggest than ever!

Monique Teague receives her award from Sarah Fletcher of the GEDC One hundred and ten students, educators, parents, employers and supporters attended the October 31st annual VETiS Awards Breakfast at the Overland Hotel in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.  This event acknowledges the achievements of the students and contributions of teachers, trainers and importantly the host employers. 
Work experience helps students learn  appropriate workplace behaviours, skills, and ‘ try out’ different career possibilities. Work placement is essential to the achievement of many Certificates 2 and 3 while at school.
In 2014 the quality of participating employers was very high. Roly Industries and DB Contracting Services were both awarded Host Employer of the Year for building personal attributes, allowing students to take responsibility and learn the foundation to mastering their craft.
Jorja Jackson travelled from Wiluna to receive her Year 10 Young Achiever Award; Robby Hyland  achieved the Workplace VET Education Support Student of the year, Monique Teague the Workplace VET Aboriginal Student of the year; Jamie DeLeeuw School Based Trainee of the year, Braden Shilton, Mikaylah Price [Benn] and Llewellyn Lieberum  all received Excellence Awards  and Caitlyn Bolton was the worthy recipient of the  Workplace VET Student of the Year .
Organisers of the event, the Goldfields Youth and Transitions Working Group were delighted with the collaboration and commitment of industry, schools and community to work together for the benefit of education, training and employment in the region.