The GSDC is a member of the Katanning SuperTowns Project Advisory Group (PAG), which supports Katanning’s participation in the State Government’s Regional Centres Development Plan (SuperTowns) through the Royalties for Regions program.
SuperTowns is aimed at generating strong and sustained growth for the selected towns and associated subregions. The plan is providing attractive settlement options for people who would otherwise live in the Perth metropolitan area. SuperTowns is a key element of the planning to prepare for a doubling of Western Australia’s population over the next 40 years.
Through the priority recommendations identified in the Katanning SuperTown Growth and Implementation Plan, significant Royalties for Regions investment has been attracted into Katanning including:
- $8.7 million for the Heritage Precinct, Town Centre and Streetscape Revitalisation Project, through the Regional Centres Development Plan.
- $350,000 for the Stage 2 of the Katanning Mainstreet Project through the Growing Our South initiative.
- $5.75 million for the Early Childhood Hub through Growing Our South.
The GSDC assisted the Shire of Katanning in its planning and successful application for a further $15.7 million of Royalties for Regions funding which was allocated to the Katanning SuperTown Heritage Centre Project through the Growing Our South initiative. The funding, announced in May 2016, will be used to develop a welcome precinct at the main entrance to town that will incorporate a new visitor centre, a museum (in partnership with the Katanning Rotary Club), associated facilities, beautification and the redevelopment of the All Ages Playground. Development of the Piesse Lake recreation area will include a botanic garden, nature play area and a residential land development.