September-October 2015- E-Newsletter

Regional Investment Blueprint released for public comment  

The Draft Goldfields-Esperance Regional Investment Blueprint is now open to the community for public comment. The Blueprint, developed by the GEDC in conjunction with the Department of Regional Development, was approved for public advertising by Minister for Regional Development, Terry Redman, in late August 2015.      

The consultation period closes on 11 November 2015. Information on the Blueprint is available on the GEDC website. Hard copies of the document can be viewed at GEDC regional offices. All stakeholders with an interest in the future of the region, including local and State government, business and industry groups and community organisations, are invited to make a submission on the Blueprint during the public comment period.                       

 “The Blueprint takes us on a journey from where we are now to where we want to be and how to get there. It presents a vision for the region, which by 2050 will enjoy exceptional lifestyle opportunities and a prosperous, diverse economy, built upon our skills, natural resources and rich cultural heritage.”  said Tony Crook, Chair of the GEDC Board,  “This document is a tool for all stakeholders to use to develop new investment opportunities for the future of our region. I encourage people living, working or considering investment opportunities in the Goldfields-Esperance region to review the Blueprint and provide feedback to the GEDC” Mr Crook continued.

New look for "What's down the Track" Forum

The renowned "What's Down the Track" Forum will have a new look this year. The Forum, a joint venture between the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA and the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce, with the support of the  Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission, will this year incorporate 21 professional industry exhibition  bays.

The forum provides the ultimate insight into what is actually happening today and into the foreseeable future of the resources sector in the Goldfields. Twenty fifteen (15) minute briefings by business, industry and government leaders will give the expected 300 delegates first-hand information on the changes happening in the wider Goldfields region from those who are driving them.

To register for the forum, contact (08) 9021 2466, email or register online at


GEDC Chair and CEO visit Lands

The immensity of the Goldfields-Esperance region could not have been better demonstrated than by CEO Shayne GEDC Shayne Flanagan and Anne Shinkfield Flanagan's recent road trip to the Lands when he drove up from Esperance to Kalgoorlie, Leonora, Laverton, Warburton and back to Esperance, a round trip of close to 3,000 kilometres.

GEDC Board Chair, Tony Crook and Northern Goldfields Senior Project officer, Pip Mc Cahon,  accompanied  Shayne and visited Northern Goldfields communities by road, a first time event for GEDC senior management. They travelled to Cosmo Newberry, Warburton, Wanarn, Warakurna, Blackstone and Jameson where they met with community leaders and with the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku.

A particular highlight for Tony and Shayne was a visit to the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku Early Years Centre in Warburton and its coordinator, Anne Shinkfield.  The centre is very popular and children under school age, from babies to toddlers, and their parents/carers meet every week day morning to learn and play together in their small purpose built facility. In testament to the ongoing success of this program, approval has been received to extend the size of the current building to accommodate the increasing attendance numbers. Anne is also coordinating the extension of this program into surrounding communities, such as Blackstone and Warakurna.

$15.8 million of Royalties for Regions in Goldfields  hospital redevelopment

Visitors and locals from the Goldfields and surrounding areas now have access to upgraded, modern treatment facilities with the completion of the final phase of the $59.6 million redevelopment of Kalgoorlie Health Campus over the past seven years. Minister for Health Kim Hames officiated at the official completion of the re-development.

The completion of works include a $3.8 million cancer centre, $750,000 accommodation units for cancer patients, specialist and outpatient facilities and allied services, giving the Goldfields more options for local and modern treatment. Innovative design and advances in medical technology mean the Goldfields now has a modern facility staffed by telehealth specialists doctors, nurses and allied staff who offer excellent care so patients can stay closer to home for clinical treatment.

Kalgoorlie Health Campus caters for more than 56,000 Goldfields residents, including a large number of fly-in, fly-out workers. Work previously completed include a new palliative care unit opened in 2010 and new Emergency Department opened in 2012. The redevelopment includes areas for allied health services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, audiology, dietetics, podiatry and social work.

The new building block at the Kalgoorlie Health Campus has been made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Region program which invested $15.8 million in the project.

Ray Finlayson Sports Centre and Loopline receive Revitalisation funding

The Goldfields-Esperance region is set to benefit from two new projects receiving a $9.7 million investment from the Goldfields-Esperance Revitalisation  fund, a Royalties for Regions initiative. The Ray Finlayson Sporting Centre, whichas already received over $5 million of Royalties for Regions fund, has been allocated a further $6 million for the construction of a multi purpose sport and recreation pavilion, while the remaining $3.7 million will see the Golden Mile
Loopline Railway redeveloped in two stages.

Grass is growing at the new Sporting Centre

The construction of the pavilion is the last stage of a wider $19 project which will provide state of the arts venue for a wide range of sporting activity from soccer and rugby to  cricket and squash and facilitate opportunities to attract national sporting events.

The Loopline Railway project involves the laying of 16.1 km of rail and the construction of additional infrastructure to bring it back in operation as a tourist venue.

Both projects are expected to deliver significant flow-on social and economic benefits and contribute to the attraction and retention of residents in the region.


Kalgoorlie-Boulder first cab off the rank for Regional Centres funding

The successful outcome of a joint submission by the GEDC and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has seen Kalgoorlie-Boulder Kalgoorlie-Boulder from Museum Headframe recently selected as one of the first four towns  to be part of the Regional Centres Development Plan (Phase 2).  The GEDC, together with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the Department of Regional Development, the Department of Planning and Landcorp is part of the working group for implementing this program.

The aim of the project is the development of a Growth Plan to identify competitive advances and a pathway to sustainable growth.  The Growth Plan will outline opportunities to attract business investment, skilled workforce and to position the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder economy to realises these opportunities. Work has already started on the project and an information session will be held at the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on October 6, 2015.  It is expected that the CKB Growth Plan will be completed by October 2016.

Tenderer selected for Leonora for Office Accommodation Centre Architect drawings of NG Office Accommodation Centre

The $7.2 million Northern Goldfields Office Accommodation Centre to be built in Leonora reached an important milestone last month with the announcement by the Shire of Leonora that a successful tenderer had been selected to construct the Centre. Five competitive tenders were received and a local builder, Majstrovich Building Company won the bid. Construction has now started and site preparation is progressing well.

The project was one of the first two projects to receive funding under the Goldfields-Esperance Revitalisation Fund and in 2014 with a contribution of $4.62 million.

New Premises for Esperance Soccer Association GEDC Kris Starcevich hands over.....

The Esperance community is already seeing the benefits of a $20,000 Community Chest Fund grant to the Esperance Soccer Association (ESA). The purchase of the Esperance District Badminton Association 3 court stadium by the ESA to transform it into a clubhouse has turned a dream into a reality. The plan was to use two thirds of the former stadium for equipment storage, gatherings, canteen, children's activities and to retain a court for badminton practice,  most of which has now been fulfilled.

"The project has completely changed our circumstances from nearly impossible to  thriving. Over the course of the season our maximum numbers have increased by 50 players and we have been able to accommodate them all even in the most severe weather. The enthusiasm and commitment we are seeing this year is testimony to the fact that we have finally got a real home base which we will always share with the sports around us." said Carmel Creed, association treasurer.

The Community Chest Fund is a Royalties for Region initiative which provides funding up to $20,000,  on a competitive basis,  to  community, public and not for profit organisations to improve and develop infrastructure and services in the region.

CEDA attracts large audience in Kalgoorlie Mal Heasman, Jim Epis, Peter Craig and Paul Webb

A few hundred people gathered in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in July to attend the "Future of the Goldfields" Conference, organised by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). The conference was part of the State of The Regions Series and counts the Department for Regional Development, Landcorp and RAC of WA as its major sponsors. The key note speaker was the Minister for Regional Development, Terry Redman.

Speakers and participants explored the themes of vision, services, infrastructure and future industries for the Goldfields-Esperance region.