SuperTowns’ Growth Plan

After being named one of the nine SuperTowns, Margaret River is all set for the next stage of development with the support of Growth Plans by the Western Australian Planning Commission [WAPC].

Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls said that the finalisation of the initiative and its subsequent endorsement was a big boost for the $85.5mn SuperTowns plan.

The news article “SuperTowns launch” has full details on this story. It quotes Mr. Grylls as saying, “The WAPC endorsement solidifies SuperTowns as a key initiative in WA’s regional development and demonstrates the value of a whole-of-government approach to planning.”

Mr. Grylls further noted, “The plans were developed in consultation with local and surrounding communities, agencies across government and the private sector and the support of the WAPC is a strong signal that we’re on the right path to building sustainable communities.

“Endorsement of the plans builds on the towns’ progress and gives them momentum to further develop their communities and capitalise on investment and growth opportunities.”

The minister said that local government authorities and regional development commissions would play a major role in the SuperTowns initiative and be resourced to effectively take part in the planning phase as well as project roll-out.

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River will celebrate the endorsement of the Growth Plans with an official launch at the Margaret River Civic Administration Centre on Wednesday, December 12th.

Deputy Shire President Cr Ian Earl said that all members of the local community were welcome to attend the event, with Terry Redman MLA appearing as chief guest.

“SuperTowns is a fantastic program of which Margaret River is fortunate to be a part,” Mr Earl said.

Mr Earl further noted that he believed the entire community was going to benefit from the programs funded under the project that will improve local infrastructure and facilities.

“The works will also provide for better a visitor experience and facilitate for the enhancement of the Margaret River brand.

“This can only be good news for the agriculture, viticulture, tourism and trade sectors and the local economy as a whole.”

Under the WA government’s Royalties for Regions initiative, over $5mn had been allocated for year 2011-12 to help with strategic growth planning in all nine SuperTowns communities.

The nine SuperTowns include Northam, Morawa, Manjimup, Katanning, Jurien Bay, Esperance, Collie, Boddington and Margaret River. SuperTowns will provide more amenities and opportunities for those who choose to live in WA’s regional areas and offer a wonderful substitute to living in Perth.

For more details on SuperTowns visit the website.

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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