Three new projects to ramp up regional jobs and economic stimulus in south-west WA

The Australian Government has announced it will fund three new projects in Western Australia’s South West to create jobs, economic stimulus and opportunities to help drive the region’s recovery from COVID-19.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the projects formed part of the Australian Government’s continued commitment to fund projects that will help drive regional Australia’s recovery from COVID-19.

“I am pleased to announce the Australian Government is investing around $10 million to three brand new projects in WA’s South West to deliver jobs and economic recovery and diversification at this critical time,” the Deputy Prime Minister said. 

“This includes a new garden organics compost facility at the Bunbury Harvey Regional Council’s Stanley Road facility, a cycle trail in Nannup and a state-of-the-art trail bike hub in Manjimup.”

Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the Food Organics Garden Organics project will receive a $6 million investment to construct a new composting facility at the Bunbury Harvey Regional Council's Stanley Road facility, allowing it to upscale its established composting operation and increase production volumes of its organic product to 35 kilotonnes each year, scalable to 50 kilotonnes per year.

“This investment shows the Australian Government is dedicated to improving recycling facilities for our communities as well as supporting industries such as agriculture and transport,” Ms Marino said.

The compost facility will utilise new in-tunnel technology and decontamination units to expand and build upon its current operation and refine its final organic product with the capacity to supply the Bunbury Outer Ring Road project and a range of other uses.

The project will also develop industrial synergies with local Aboriginal businesses in transport and agriculture.

The $2.86 million investment toward the new Nannup Trail Town Project will deliver a mountain bike park, freestyle jump park, gravel and road cycling route, a native forest mountain bike park and associated infrastructure.

“We know exactly what our beautiful region has to offer Australia and the world,” Ms Marino said.

“The new Nannup Trail Town project will transform Nannup into a recognised tourism destination for trails with a diverse product offering which will attract a large number of visitors, trail users and investors to the area.

“Establishing Nannup as a tourism destination will diversify local industries beyond the existing key industries by growing supporting infrastructure such as accommodation, restaurants, cafes and specialty products and services.”

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the $0.98 million investment in establishing a trail bike hub in the Shire of Manjimup is expected to attract over 33,600 visitors each year, injecting $12.8 million in visitor expenditure and supporting 75 jobs per year once completed.

“Manjimup is well known for its natural beauty and picturesque landscapes,” Mr Wilson said.

“Investing in a new trail bike hub in the area will create a destination that embraces trail bike riding and becomes a significant visitor attraction.

“The hub will develop new trails and tourism experiences, deliver marketing activities to raise awareness, as well as enhancing key supporting infrastructure, from accommodation providers to hospitality and bike shops that cater for trail bike riders.”

This funding is part of the Australian Government’s commitment of $100 million over two years to fund the Regional Recovery Partnerships in 10 regions across Australia. The Partnerships reflect the Australian Government’s commitment to working with all levels of government to deliver jobs, economic recovery and economic diversification.

Media Contact:

Deputy Prime Minister – Dean Shachar 0418 202 860 | Caitlin Donaldson 0428 389 880

Ms Marino – Rob Terrill (02) 6277 4875

Mr Wilson – Chris Thomson (08) 9842 2777 / 0467 710 180