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Go Geo And RDA South West Investment Framework Partnership

The private and public sectors are coming together to boost investment in South West Western Australia

Regional Development Australia – South West Chairman Duncan Anderson announced that Go Geo Ltd and RDA SW will work together to produce a South West Regional Investment Framework.

Go Geo, alongside BlueMount Capital, are establishing the South West Managed Investment Fund. BlueMount is a member of the International Association of Investment Bankers, and the new fund will be a cornerstone investor in qualified companies and projects that have a positive impact on the region’s economy.

Mr Anderson said: “We have been grappling with how to bring the South West Blueprint to life. The federal government and the state government have already done the heavy lifting, we now need to embrace and support private funds”

In partnership with Go Geo, RDA South West are developing a regional investment framework. That framework is designed to bridge the gap between government planning priorities and the world of private equity.

The framework is determined in alignment with the Blueprint. Priority opportunities will be determined by an advisory group of initiators providing expertise in industry and sub sectors as required.

General Manager of Go Geo, Emma Nesbitt said: “The need for this framework came out of a growing interest, for businesses and industry to invest in both new and existing projects. This provides the vehicle.”

Mr Anderson said: “It’s a marvellous opportunity for our region. There are not many regions nationally that successfully bridge the gap between private and public planning.”

By using a framework that operates at the public and private level, the region can take best advantage of its opportunities and nurture some excitement.

Ms Nesbitt said: “In order to entertain the idea of external equity entering our region, and to facilitate such discussions, we need to ensure due diligence and sound governance. Through this process and the framework, we enable the region to retain control over planning measures whilst using progressive and modern influences to entice excitement, development and funding, which in turn broadens external markets and creates new jobs.”

The next step is the establishment of an independent body to oversee the investment fund, which will come to fruition over the coming few weeks.

Media contact: Emma Nesbitt. e: emma@gogeo.com.au m: 0406 056 926.

Media contact: Charles Jenkinson e: eo@rdasouthwest.com.au m: 0434 641 111