$33million boost for DEC fire management
$15.6million for parks and visitor
$260million to complete Southern Seawater desalination
State Government has allocated an additional $32.9million over four years to the
Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) to enhance its fire management
capacity, including employing additional fire specialists.
allocation will enable the department to implement recommendations of major
reviews into recent bushfires as well as improving strategic infrastructure.
Treasurer Christian Porter said the allocation was on top of DEC’s
existing fire management budget of about $52million per year.
additional funding reflects the Liberal-National Government’s commitment to
implementing the recommendations in the Keelty reports following the Perth Hills
and Margaret River fires last year
and the Ferguson review of DEC’s ability to manage large fires,” Mr Porter
Treasurer said the $32.9million was part of an overall $81.9million allocation
the Government had made in response to the Keelty reports.
Environment and Water Minister Bill Marmion said a key focus of the DEC
budget was supporting the community, especially in delivering targeted projects
that would benefit all West Australians.
budget also allocates almost $15.6million for a range of projects to improve
visitor facilities and safety in national parks across the State,” Mr Marmion
includes $8.845million in funding through the State Government Royalties for
Minister said budget allocations for the Government’s Kimberley Science and
Conservation Strategy ($9.744million to DEC in 2012-13); the Biodiversity and
Cultural Strategy for the Great Western Woodlands ($1.588million); and the
Environmental Community Grants program ($1.53million) reflected the Government’s
ongoing delivery of its 2008 election commitments.
Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy will see the creation of four new
marine parks as well as a ‘conservation corridor’ linking Prince Regent and
Drysdale River national parks,” he said.
recently announced Camden Sound and Ngari Capes marine parks, which will be
formally created next month, have also been allocated funding of $2.521million
and $2.415million respectively in the 2012-13 State Budget for DEC and the
Department of Fisheries.”
Liberal-National Government will also spend $3.6billion in 2012-13, and over the
forward estimates period, to upgrade and build essential new infrastructure to
secure WA’s water services for the long term.
Marmion said the most significant single water project in 2012-13 would be the
expenditure of $260million to complete the expansion of the Southern Seawater
pleased to say that construction is on schedule and the plant will be
commissioned in time to supply water for the 2012-13 summer,” Mr Marmion
the new stage reaches full production, about one-third of our drinking water
will be supplied independently of rainfall.”
Porter said Perth’s dams would continue to take a back seat and new climate
independent water sources, including the proposed groundwater replenishment
initiative, would come to the fore.
2012-13, $2.5million will be spent on preliminary design and investigation works
to ensure the Water Corporation is in a position to progress groundwater
replenishment to a full-scale scheme,” he said.
“However, a decision to move to a full-scale scheme is, entirely
dependent on the outcome of the Groundwater Replenishment Trial, which is
scheduled to finish in December 2012.
projects are part of the Government’s commitment to transforming the State and
building the vision for our future.”
Marmion said that 47 per cent ($512million) of the $1billion Water Corporation
capital budget for 2012-13 had been committed to hundreds of projects across
money will be spent on a broad suite of projects, including the high growth
North-West and South-West regions,” he said.
will ensure country WA continues to benefit strongly from the development and
upgrading of water and wastewater infrastructure.”
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