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October 2014

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TWO regional development

organisations have set a bold

target for the future of the

Mid West, aiming for it to

be a “national gateway to the

globe through a diverse and

entrepreneurial business and

export economy” by 2050.

The Mid West Development

Commission together with

the Regional Development

Australia – Mid West Gascoyne

set the 36-year goal as part of the

recently released draft Mid West

Regional Blueprint.

MWDC Chairman Murray

Criddle said the Mid West




a high level aspirational

strategy designed to guide the

development of the region.

“The Mid West Regional

Blueprint outlines the current

status of the region and

highlights key opportunities to

transform the Mid West,” he


“By 2050, we want to have

unlocked the potential of this

region to position it as the giant

of WA, providing a secure future

for generations and further

contributing to the prosperity of

the State.

“We want to be an



innovative and dynamic region

that attracts and retains talent

and investment,” Murray said.

The Blueprint is part of a state-

wide Regional Development

Blueprint initiative. All nine

WA regions developed a plan as

part of the program.

It delivers a 2050 future

scenario for the Mid West that

sees it home to 190,000 with

an additional 35,000 new jobs


The blueprint demonstrates


• Further development of

strategic infrastructure

is required to unlock the

region’s stranded assets;

• Supporting development

of existing industries, such

as tourism, health, fishing,

agriculture, mining and

education can help drive

economic growth;

• Building the capacity of

Mid West businesses will

help the region to further

compete on a global scale;

• Improving access and

connectivity across the

region is critical;

• Supporting our subregions

will create resilient and

adaptive communities;

• Creating highly educated

and skilled communities

will help meet the region’s

workforce requirements for

the future.




overwhelmingly supported the

notion of sustainable additional




and were eager to work with

the Commission and key

stakeholders to pursue this,”

Murray said.

“There is an imperative

to manage any growth and

development efforts responsibly

against potential social or

environmental impacts. The

Mid West Regional Blueprint

will not pursue growth at all


In addressing the need for a

Blueprint for the region, Mr

Criddle said the State was

extremely fortunate to have the

Royalties for Regions (RFR)

fund to invest in regional WA.

More than $6.5 billion has

already been allocated through

the funding program.

“In its early years RFR




regional infrastructure and

service backlog, recognising

that parts of regional Western

Australia had fallen behind in

terms of essential provision.

“Given the State’s existing

financial constraints, there is

now far greater focus on RFR

and a strong emphasis on the

delivery of regional growth

and development outcomes.

There has also been a strong

recent shift in RFR priority to

investing in more strategic and

‘game changing’ initiatives that

can drive growth through such

things as industry and business

development and job creation.

“With this shift in focus

and increased competition for

RFR funding, it is increasingly

important that all regions have

a clear vision for the future and

prioritise efforts that move the

region towards that desired


Awakening the sleeping giant

We want to be an intergenerational, global,

innovative and dynamic region that attracts

and retains talent and investment


Mid West Development Commission’s Principal Project Manager Infrastructure & Business Development Trish Palmonari, Chief Executive Officer Gavin Treasure, Chairman Murray

Criddle and Project Manager AdamMurszewski with the recently-released draft Mid West Regional Blueprint.