Katanning is one of nine regional towns in the Western Australian State Government’s Royalties for Regions SuperTowns program, formally known as the Regional Centres Development Plan. The initiative aims to position SuperTowns to take advantage of the expected doubling of Western Australia’s population over the next 30 to 40 years.
Royalties for Regions funding will be used to create new infrastructure, new business opportunities and new jobs to attract more investment and more people to live in WA’s SuperTowns.
What makes a SuperTown?
Katanning was identified because of its growth potential. The SuperTowns vision is to create balanced communities with enhanced access to services, affordable housing and a diverse range of lifestyle and job opportunities. SuperTowns will offer more choices for people wanting to live in regional areas and provide an attractive alternative to living in the metropolitan area.
Investment in Katanning would also bring flow-on benefits to surrounding towns. SuperTowns funding is in addition to Royalties for Regions support through initiatives such as the Country Local Government Fund and the Regional Grants Scheme.
The SuperTowns initiative is supported in the Great Southern region by the Great Southern Development Commission.
What’s ahead for SuperTown Katanning?
On 31 May 2012, Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls announced funding for projects in each of the State’s SuperTowns.
Katanning was granted $8.9 million for two projects. The major project is an $8.7 million transformation of the town’s central precinct and town entry. The funding also covers a $255,000 initiative to examine the feasibility of new language and cultural support services in Katanning.