- $9million for works on the Goldfields and Agricultural water supply
- $3.5million to complete the student and staff accommodation upgrades at agricultural colleges
- $2.5million from the Royalties for Regions Program for improvements to Narrogin Senior High School
- $1.5million for electricity capacity expansion works in Northam
- $1.3million from the Royalties for Regions Program for improvements to Northam Senior High School
The Wheatbelt region is set to benefit from more than $22.3million provided in the 2012-13 State Budget to build and support the community.
Treasurer Christian Porter said the Wheatbelt region would gain from significant and sustained investment by the State Government in infrastructure and social initiatives.
“The Liberal-National Government recognises the important contribution the Wheatbelt region makes to Western Australia and is committed to improving the standard of living in regional WA,” Mr Porter said.
The Treasurer said the $196million surplus provided in the State’s Budget for 2012-13 reflected the Liberal-National Government’s strong leadership and disciplined financial management.
“This Budget helps ensure the continued growth of the Wheatbelt region and is part of a longer term plan by the Government to maintain and strengthen the vibrancy of regional WA,” he said.
“At the same time, the Government is supporting our community through targeted programs to assist those most in need.”
Record investment in regional WA is also set to continue with a total of $1.1billion budgeted through the Royalties for Regions program in 2012-13.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said that since the introduction of the Royalties for Regions program in 2008, more than 2,000 programs and projects, large and small, had been or were being implemented across the State.
“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.
“After three continuous years of unprecedented Government investment, Royalties for Regions is making regional WA a better place to live, work and invest than ever before.”
Major State Budget initiatives that will benefit all of regional WA include:
- $151m over 3 years ($60m in 2012 -13) for Information & Communication Technology to implement priority projects focused on Fiona Stanley Hospital & Albany Health Campus
- an additional $40m in 2013-14 for the replacement of priority clinical & diagnostic medical equipment in WA hospitals
- additional funding of $341m (including $43m from Royalties for Regions) over 3 years from 2012-13 to build new facilities at 29 secondary schools to accommodate year 7 students, to supply an additional 46 buses & retrain up to 525 primary school teachers
Transport and Roads
- $39m in 2012-13 for the $1b Gateway WA project, which will complement the planned consolidation of the Perth Airport, manage road congestion in the area, & enhance & protect the performance of the road freight network in the Kewdale & Forrestfield areas
- introduction of the new $200 Cost of Living Assistance payment from October 1, 2012, which will replace the smaller Supply Charge Rebate
- $4m over 4 years from 2012-13 to upgrade 41 family centres & 29 child care centres
- extension of the Seniors Safety and Security Rebate
Disadvantaged and vulnerable
- an additional $15m in 2012 -13 and $63m over the 4 years to 2015 -16 to address increasing demand for child protection services
- funding of $9m over 3 years to provide an additional 16 homes for Mental Health Commission clients who are unable to secure appropriate private housing
- $6m over 4 years to monitor the 16 offenders currently subject to the Dangerous Sex Offenders Act 2006 through the use of Global Positioning System tracking
- $12m over 4 years to target unacceptable behaviour by public housing tenants under the Government’s Disruptive Behaviour Management Policy
Environment and Heritage
- $15m over 4 years to establish new marine parks in the South-West & Pilbara regions, including management plans and visitor facilities
- an extra $33m in recurrent & capital funding allocated over the next 4 years to improve the Department of Environment and Conservation’s fire preparedness
- $1m to upgrade existing oxygenation plants on the Canning River, and a further $1m in 2013 14 to build a new oxygenation plant on the Swan Canning Riverpark
Employment and Training
- an additional $99m over the 2 years from 2012 -13 for the delivery of training services in WA and to help address the State’s future labour needs
Building the State
- a total investment in infrastructure by the Government of $26.4b over the next 4 years, including $7.6b in 2012-13
- $167m in 2012 -13 to continue development of the inlet & public domain as part of the Perth Waterfront project
Royalties for Regions
- a total of $1.1b Royalties for Regions expenditure budgeted for in 2012 -13
- $100m committed in 2012-13 to the Housing for Workers program
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