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State Budget 2013-14: Building stronger regional communities - $133.5m for the Kimberley

Posted On August 8, 2013

Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

  • $51.9m from the Royalties for Regions Program for the Ord East Kimberley expansion project
  • $6m for a new primary school in North Broome
  • $2.3m towards West Kimberley regional prison
  • $720,000 towards Camden Sound and Eighty Mile Beach marine park
  • $28.9m from Royalties for Regions towards Fitzroy Crossing and Kununurra courthouses
  • $16.3mtowards campus and institute upgrades at the Kimberley Training Institute, West Kimberley, Broome, Derby and Halls Creek campuses (including $10.9m from Royalties for Regions)
  • $5.6m from Royalties for Regions for Broome Senior High School
  • $7.4m from Royalties for Regions for Derby District High School
  • $1m for refurbishment of Derby community mental health facilities
  • $12.7m for Water Corporation infrastructure upgrades and expansions in Broome, Kununurra, Wyndham and Halls Creek

The Kimberley will receive more than $100million for major expansion and revitalisation projects as part of $133.5million allocated in the 2013-14 State Budget.

The funding includes $51.9million for the Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project.

The State Budget also provides $28.9million to build courthouses at Fitzroy Crossing and Kununurra.

The Broome and Derby high schools will share in $13million.

Treasurer Troy Buswell said the Kimberley region would benefit from a sustained investment in infrastructure this financial year as well as targeted social programs.

“The Liberal National Government’s commitment to investment in the Kimberley is improving the standard of living in regional Western Australia,” Mr Buswell said.

“This year we are building on our record of investment in key services like health, education and police as the State Government continues to work to improve access to efficient and quality services for all West Australians.”

The Treasurer said the $386million surplus provided in the State Budget reflected responsible decision-making by the Government to ensure a strong and vibrant economy for future generations of West Australians.

“The Government has made responsible decisions to ensure the continued growth of the Kimberley and is committed to building stronger, safer regional communities,” he said.

Record investment in regional WA is set to continue with a total of $1.3billion delivered through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program in 2013-14.

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the Government’s Royalties for Regions program had supported more than 2,500 projects across WA since 2008.

“These include transformational programs such as Pilbara Cities; Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project; Mid West Investment Plan; Gascoyne Revitalisation; GROH Housing program; and the Southern Inland Health Initiative,” Mr Grylls said.

“This year’s State Budget builds on these programs and will further transform regional communities with a $300million commitment from the Liberal National Government over five years to help the State’s agricultural sector capitalise on opportunities.

“The Liberal National Government is making a real difference for people in regional WA and helping to create communities which are better places to live, work and invest.”

Fact File

  • Major State Budget initiatives that will benefit all of WA include:
  • Health
    â—¦Additional $2.2billion over the next four years for growth in demand for hospital services
    â—¦$31.8million for the ‘Closing the Gap’ program into improving health outcomes of indigenous people
    â—¦$66million for replacement of medical equipment to ensure patients are receiving the best care possible when they visit a WA hospital
  • Regional Health
    â—¦$161million for the North West Health Initiative, from Royalties for Regions, to improve health and aged care facilities in towns across the North-West
    â—¦$72.3million 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—¦$1.5billion to build new schools and improve existing schools
  • Transport and Roads
    â—¦$342million 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—¦$432million over four years towards building the 22km MAX Light Rail. Construction expected to start 2016
    â—¦$809million 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—¦$308million 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—¦$10.3million 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—¦$282million over the next four years for recruitment of 550 extra police and auxiliary officers
    â—¦$10.5million over four years to help attract officers into hard-to-fill regional postings
  • Agriculture
    â—¦$300million 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—¦$12.3million 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—¦$2.5million 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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