Royalties for Regions Funding

Posted on: Tuesday, 26 May 2015 at 5:25:31 PM

Boost for Mid West’s heritage-based tourism

The Monsignor Hawes story will continue to live on for all to experience with the announcement today of $1.541million Royalties for Regions investment for the Monsignor Hawes Heritage CentreProject.

 The total project cost of $3.6 million is also made up from funding provided through LotteryWest ($651,000), the Roman Catholic Diocese and community fundraising efforts.

 The project complements the restoration of Geraldton’s iconic Catholic cathedral and its environs with the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre to be located on the site.  The Centre will serve as an information gateway and hub to around 20 Monsignor Hawes buildings located throughout the Mid West and Gascoyne.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, who made the announcement today in Geraldton, said he was pleased that the story of Monsignor Hawes is to be told and celebrated.

 “If you visit a town in central Western Australia there’s a good chance you will see the work of Monsignor John Hawes a man of faith, service and inspirational architecture.”

 “The St Francis Xavier Cathedral, which was completed in 1938, was designed by Monsignor Hawes who arrived in Geraldton as a parish priest in 1915.  The building is generally regarded as one of his finest works.

 “The addition of the Centre will provide a long-awaited interpretative forum for the Monsignor story.

 “The Centre will also house and display important regional history with a collection owned by the Diocese of Geraldton”.

 “This will be a significant addition to regional tourism and regional cultural and heritage assets bolstering Geraldton’s status as an important heritage destination.”

 The Royalties for Regions Mid West Investment Plan will see funding of $220 million provided to major infrastructure and community priority projects in the Mid-West region,” Minister Redman said.



Fr Ronert Cross, Director of Heritage, addresses the gathering at the Royalties announcement

Mr Ian Blayney MLA, Mr Gavin Treasure, CEO MWDC, Mr Shane Love MLA, Bishop Justin Bianchini, Mr Murray Criddle, Chair MWDC, Hon Terry Redman MLA Hon  Paul Brown MLC, Mr Ian Carpenter, Mayor of Geraldton


 SFX Cathedral Tour Guides with Hon Terry Redman MLA & Bishop Justin






Gerry Eastman SFX Cathedral Precinct Project Coordinator, Hon Terry Redman MLA, Ian Jonstone (Consultant), Bishop Justin, Laurie Graham MHHI, Becci Davidson (Consultant), Fr Robert Cross Director of Heritage.


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