Regional Development Minister, Brendon Grylls has announced his intention to promote a greater buy-local culture across regional Western Australia. There will be an estimated $4billion invested in new projects and programs in the area over four years and the government plans to maintain this growth into the future.
Grylls has invited Kalgoorlie MLA John Bowler to chair a Regional Buy-Local working group to make local communities aware of existing programs that promote buy-local policies and to explore new ideas in this area. The working group will report to the Minister by October 31.
To ensure broad, state-wide regional representation, North West MLA Vince Catania, Albany MLA Peter Watson and Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney have been invited to join the group and represent the views of their consituents.
Grylls said, “While there are certain national and international competition rules that may mitigate against local buying, I am keen to find ways to ensure that local business and industry can benefit from Royalties for Regions investment wherever possible.”
“The State Government’s Royalties for Regions program is a significant source of new funding for regional WA and there may be avenues to incorporate, where appropriate, a greater buy-local thrust into our grants schemes and capital works projects.”