An umbrella group of Geraldton’s key employer and business groups has given the WA Government and Opposition a list of development priorities it wants funded. “More than $600 million in investment is being sought for nine key initiatives in the Midwest identified as critical to grow jobs and the local economy,” a Progress Midwest spokeswoman said. “The document outlines the shared vision of key regional stakeholders, developed through consultation with local businesses and the community, underpinned by the Geraldton Jobs and Growth Plan 2021 – 2023.” Progress Midwest wants election candidates to make funding commitments to these initiatives ahead of the 2021 State Election. Initiatives in Geraldton itself include redeveloping the WA Museum Geraldton site, a Geraldton CBD headworks infrastructure fund, Mid West Innovation and Business Enterprise Hub and a desalination plant for horticulture. Maritime sector initiatives include Houtman Abrolhos Islands Stage 2, Geraldton Port development proposals and Geraldton high speed vessel jetties. They are also calling for $190 million for critical roads projects and $120 million for what is described as Geraldton Hospital “full” redevelopment. The current WA Government had already committed $73 million to the hospital and Premier Mark McGowan is breaking first ground for the project today. At the 2017 State election the Nationals pledged $115 million and Liberals $138.5 million for larger hospital redevelopments. Member for Geraldton Ian Blayney said he was impressed by the document. “Most of it I was quite familiar with — the desal proposal and Port Authority stuff are newish to me,” he said. “Everybody is waiting for the suggested route from (the Department of) Transport for the Geraldton bypass road preferred route,” Mr Blayney said he would be examining the proposals with WA Nationals leader Mia Davies when she visited Geraldton next week. Labor members for the Agricultural Region Laurie Graham and Darren West were unavailable for comment. Progress Midwest members are the City of Greater Geraldton, Mid West Ports, Pollinators Inc, Mid West Development Commission, Regional Development Australia Midwest Gascoyne, Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Master Builders Association Midwest and Northwest, Midwest Horticulture Growers Group, Tourism Geraldton and Geraldton Universities Centre.