Four shires align for thegreater good of region

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times

A partnership between Local Governments in the region to help development and address issues has grown to welcome a new shire into the fold.

The Warren Blackwood Alliance of Councils was made up of the shires of Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Manjimup and Nannup, and as of this year, Donnybrook-Balingup.

Donnybrook-Balingup shire president Brian Piesse said the decision to join the alliance placed the shire in a strong position to participate in – and influence – the infrastructure, economic and tourism decision-making process along South Western Highway.

“Whilst still being closely linked with the Bunbury Geographe Economic Alliance, the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup look forward to working alongside the other WBAC three shires to progress our region,” he said.

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The alliance has been progressing key issues that impact the region and has led the way in partnership development, relationship building and project progression since 2000.

Alliance chairman Tony Pratico said over the 19 years, the WBAC shires had developed an excellent working partnership and undertook many regional collaborative projects including the evolution and implementation of a local tourism organisation, the development of the Warren Blackwood Regional Stock Route and the Warren Blackwood Sub Regional Growth Plan. The alliance has also participated in many WALGA, Regional Development Australia, South West Development Commission and Australia South West consultations.

“We are delighted to have the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup as a new member of the WBAC and look forward to the future developments of our region,” Mr Pratico said.

Contact alliance executive officer Katie McDonnell on info@wbac.net.au or by contacting any of the four shire presidents for more information.

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