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JOINT MEDIA RELEASE - Building Better Regions Fund boosts Chittering

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Successful projects under the first round of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) were announced today.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, was pleased to announce that the Shire of Chittering’s Muchea Employment Node (MEN) Coordinated Implementation Project had been successful in winning funding from the Building Better Regions Fund.

“It’s fantastic that the Shire of Chittering has been successful in securing funding from the Building Better Regions Fund for this project,” Mr Porter said.

“There is a real need for a coordinated approach to implement the Muchea Employment Node Structure Plan and this funding will ensure that social, economic and environmental outcomes are reached effectively and within the strict timeframes.

“Without the Building Better Regions Fund, these community investment projects often struggle to get funding.”

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Building Better Regions Fund Community Investment Stream was investing $6.9 million in community projects throughout regional Australia.

“I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to- this project helps to do that.” 

The Building Better Regions Fund is investing $500 million to foster economic growth in rural, regional, and remote communities.

Shire of Chittering CEO, Alan Sheridan, said that the Council welcomed the announcement of its successful funding application under the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund Community Investment Stream for the Muchea Employment Node Coordinated Implementation Project.

“The MEN has been identified as a major industrial precinct for Perth’s North-East corridor by virtue of its strategic location on Perth’s northern fringes and its direct freight links to the State’s northern industries, mines and agricultural areas,” Mr Sheridan said.

“This highly valuable and strategically positioned resource will soon benefit from major transport upgrades and will be important to employment and job creation for the WA economy.

“The investment of $1.5bn in construction works over the next two years, including the new Northlink Freeway (which links Muchea to Perth and Kwinana via the Tonkin Highway) and significant upgrades to the Great Northern Highway north of Muchea, will open up this area to investment, growth and job creation.

“Council is pleased that the Federal Government has recognised the importance of this site to both the local economy and the broader region.

“The funding will assist Council with the employment of a dedicated Project Officer to develop a coordinated approach to the delivery of supporting studies and infrastructure which create an attractive investment proposition for investors and developers who are interested in capitalising on the enormous opportunity that such a strategically located site presents.

“We acknowledge the efforts of our local Federal Member, the Honourable Christian Porter MP who appreciates the significant nature of this project to future economic development and job creation in the Northern Growth Corridor.” 


Media Contacts

For Minister Nash - Les White (0409 805 122)
For Christian Porter - Ella Cahill (6296 7255)

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