The State Government’s announcement on Tuesday of its plan for the Goldfields-Esperance region as part of its overall WA Recovery Plan was much anticipated, but when all said and done, not actually giving any significant boost for infrastructure development.
Rather, it was more of an announcement of their planned asset management and maintenance – works that they should be doing anyway to keep our public infrastructure in the region safe and up to standard.
For example, the $5million through the Regional Road Safety Program, will be reshouldering and doing audible line markings on 240km road east of Norseman, and another 35km of works on the Great Eastern Highway east of Ghooli, which is in the Shire of Yilgarn, not quite within our region, but I suppose because it’s on the Great Eastern Highway it counts?
Whilst the 25 new local jobs these works will be creating are definitely appreciated, these are works that should be taking place anyway. Whilst the State’s work to keep WA safe during this pandemic is obviously appreciated, comparing the announcements on spending in our region against those for other regions around the state always leaves me a bit disappointed, as the big spending never seems to happen here.
Hopefully between the State Budget in October, and any election commitments, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Goldfields region will fare a little better, and we might start to see some substantial and significant investment from the State. To that end, I’ve had good rapport with the Labour MLC for the Mining and Pastoral region, Kyle McGinn, and I remain hopeful of a positive outcome going forward.
Closer to home, the weather has been very cold this week, and local stalwart of the community, Esther Roadnight, has been working all winter with the Salvation Army and an army of local volunteers to coordinate knitting and crocheting of individual woollen squares or entire blankets to be donated to help keep the less fortunate in our community warm.
There has been lots of support for the crocheting of blankets and granny squares, and these have been sewed together into blankets, which the Salvation Army have been handing out.
With the COVID-19 physical distancing requirements, there haven’t been any group sessions, but volunteers have been crocheting and stitching away at home, and all the crocheted granny squares have been made into blankets and passed on to the Salvation Army.
Alternatively, anyone with blankets, coats or warm jackets they no longer need are welcome to drop them off at the Salvation Army, or at the City’s Customer Service Centre at the Kalgoorlie Town Hall. There’s also still wool available if people want to crochet squares or strips for the blankets, contact Ester directly on 0407 218 700.