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State Budget 2013-14: Supporting our communities - $1.4billion for North Metropolitan

Posted On August 8, 2013

Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

  • $417m for construction of the new children’s hospital
  • $174.2m for Elizabeth Quay
  • $127.9m for the Perth City Link project
  • $66.9m for construction of the northern suburbs rail extension to Butler
  • $8.4m contribution to the new museum project
  • $16.8m for the WA Institute of Sport - High Performance Service Centre
  • $10.5m for new State Library materials
  • $5m on planning for MAX light rail and $5m for airport rail link
  • $16.8m for the Riverside Project in East Perth
  • $29m for a new secondary school in Banksia Grove
  • $5.2m to start construction of the Edgewater multi-storey car park
  • Further $13.5m towards Butler College
  • $16m for a new primary school in North Butler
  • $8m for a new primary school in North Yanchep
  • $10m for upgrades to North Cottesloe, Wembley and West Leederville primary schools
  • $28.8m for Joondalup Health Campus
  • $14.3m for construction of a new mental health unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
  • $20m for construction of the new State netball centre
  • $3.5m for Reid Highway widening between Duffy and Erindale roads

The State Government will build and upgrade schools across the North Metropolitan region, and invest in major infrastructure projects with $1.4billion funding allocated in the 2013-14 State Budget.

Treasurer Troy Buswell said the North Metropolitan region incorporated some of Perth’s fastest growing areas.

Mr Buswell said Budget funding included a $483.2million investment in health infrastructure and services and $83.4million towards north metropolitan primary and high schools.

The Treasurer said the State Budget provided $24million for new primary schools at North Butler and North Yanchep.

In addition, North Cottesloe, Wembley and West Leederville primary schools would share in $10million for upgrade work.

The State Budget also delivered a further $13.5million for Butler College.

Mr Buswell said the State Budget invested in meeting the growing enrolments at Western Australian public schools and said WA public schools continued to grow last financial year, taking in more than 8,100 extra students.

“We are proud to be delivering on key frontline services - one in every two dollars goes towards law and order, health and education services,” he said.

The Treasurer said the Liberal National Government’s strong economic leadership had delivered an unprecedented program of strategic, long-term infrastructure projects that were transforming the State for future generations of West Australians.

This includes major infrastructure projects such as Elizabeth Quay and Perth City Link, which are transforming the city, and the construction of the new children’s hospital.

“This is responsible, sustainable investment to deliver world-class education, health and social services and crucial infrastructure to build and support our growing State,” Mr Buswell said.

Fact File

  • Major State Budget initiatives that will benefit all of WA include:
  • Health
    â—¦Additional $2.2b over the next four years for growth in demand for hospital services
    â—¦$31.8m for the ‘Closing the Gap’ program into improving health outcomes of indigenous people
    â—¦$66m for replacement of medical equipment to ensure patients are receiving the best care possible when they visit a WA hospital
  • Regional Health
    â—¦$161m for the North West Health Initiative, from Royalties for Regions, to improve health and aged care facilities in towns across the North-West
    â—¦$72.3m for the Southern Inland Health Initiative, from Royalties for Regions, including funding for capital works at district hospitals, primary health centres and small hospitals and nursing posts in the southern half of the State
  • Education
    â—¦Liberal National Government will spend an average of $15,621 per student this year, an increase of $513 per student from last year
    â—¦$1.5b to build new schools and improve existing schools
  • Transport and Roads
    â—¦$342m to continue work on the $1b Gateway Project which will deliver a safer, more efficient road network to the Perth Airport precinct, surrounding businesses and residential areas
    â—¦$432m over four years towards building the 22km MAX Light Rail. Construction expected to start 2016
    â—¦$809m over four years to deliver major upgrades to the regional road network with works on the Great Northern, North West Coastal, Great Eastern and Collie Coalfields highways
  • Seniors
    â—¦Nearly $40million in 2013-14 towards the Seniors Cost of Living Rebate
  • Concessions for Utilities
    â—¦$308m over four years for the Cost of Living Assistance (CoLA) payment - designed to help low income West Australian families with their electricity bills
    â—¦From July 1, CoLA increased from $200 to $208 per eligible household
  • Youth
    â—¦$10.3m over three years to upgrade 23 Police and Community Youth Centres
  • Housing
    â—¦First Home Owner Grant will increase to $10,000 for first-time buyers of newly constructed homes to help stimulate additional stock of housing
  • Law and Order
    â—¦$282m over the next four years for recruitment of 550 extra police and auxiliary officers
    â—¦$10.5m over four years to help attract officers into hard-to-fill regional postings
  • Agriculture
    â—¦$300m over five years to allow WA farmers to capitalise on the growing Asian demand for fresh produce. This includes $40m in agriculture science, research and development programs
  • Protecting the Community
    â—¦$12.3m to install Comprehensive Crew Protection Systems in 667 Department of Fire and Emergency Service and local government firefighting vehicles which operate at high-risk bushfires
  • Sport and Recreation
    â—¦$2.5m for KidSport program, enabling more children to play team sports and engage with local communities
  • WA Budget statements are available at http://ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au

Source: ProjectLink.com.au

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