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State Budget 2013-14: Building stronger communities - $276.2m for the South-West

Posted On August 8, 2013

Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

  • $39.4m for road works, including:
    â—¦$11.2m for Wellington Dam turn-off to Collie on the Coalfields Highway
    â—¦$6.7m for the Bunbury outer-ring road
    â—¦$21.5m for continuing works on the Bunbury Port access road
  • $8m for the Bunbury collocated Career and Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station
  • $5.3m for new buildings at the South West Institute of Technology
  • $18.4m for Augusta boat harbour, with support from Royalties for Regions
  • $24.1m for the Port Geographe reconfiguration  
  • $17.5m for improvements to Dalyellup College
  • $9.7m for a new primary school in Treendale
  • $500,000 for Collie Senior High School
  • $65.6m (including $13.2m from Royalties for Regions) for Busselton Health Campus
  • $4m for ongoing work on the Harvey Hospital redevelopment
  • $4m towards the South West Health Campus critical care unit
  • $1m for the continuing work on the Bunbury Waterfront-stage 1
  • $13m for a new main wastewater pipeline from Eaton to the Bunbury wastewater treatment plant
  • $2.4m for the works at the Bunbury Port

Health, education and roads across the South-West will receive a big boost under a $276.2million funding package for the region in the 2013-14 State Budget.

Treasurer Troy Buswell said the South-West would benefit from a sustained investment in infrastructure this financial year.

Mr Buswell said the State Budget had allocated $65.6million for Busselton Health Campus; $4million towards the South West Health Campus critical care unit; and $4million for ongoing work on the Harvey Hospital redevelopment.

The Treasurer said the South-West funding also included $39.4million for major road works projects, including $6.7million for the Bunbury outer-ring road and $11.2million to upgrade the Wellington Dam turn-off to Collie on the Coalfields Highway.

The education projects included $17.5million for improvements to Dalyellup College, $5.3million for new buildings at the South West Institute of Technology and $9.7million for a new primary school in Treendale.  Collie Senior High School had been allocated $500,000.

"The Liberal National Government’s commitment to investment in the South-West 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 the Government’s responsible decision-making 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 South-West region and is committed to building stronger, safer regional communities across WA,” he said.

Record investment in regional WA is also set to continue with a total of $1.3billion budgeted 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 $2.2b 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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