Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Former Treasurer; Attorney General

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    State Budget 2012-13: Building the State; Supporting our Community - $92.4million for Great Southern

    17/05/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • $17million for improvements to the Lower Great Southern Town Water Scheme
    • $6.5m from the Royalties for Regions Program for improvements to Denmark High School
    • $6million for the Denmark wastewater treatment plant upgrade
    • $5million for Yakamia Primary School
    • $3.8million for the realignment of Princess Royal Drive
    • $2.7million for electricity capacity expansion works in the region
    • $1million for North Albany Senior High School
    • $800,000 from Royalties for Regions Program for improvements to Katanning Senior High School
    • Funding for continued construction of the Albany Regional Resource Centre

    The Great Southern region is set to benefit from more than $92.4million provided in the 2012-13 State Budget to build and support the community.

     

    Treasurer Christian Porter said the Great Southern 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 Great Southern 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 Great Southern 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; the 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.”

     

          Fact File

     

    Major State Budget initiatives that will benefit all of regional WA include:

     

          Health

    • $151m over 3 years (with $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

          Education

    • 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

          Families

    • 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

          Seniors

    • 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

          Community Safety

    • $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

    WA Budget statements are available at http://ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au

     

    Treasurer’s office - 6552 5600

    Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 5500