- $45.7m Coolgardie-Esperance Hwy for the Esperance Port Access road
$15m (including $7.5m from Royalties for Regions) for South Coast Hwy for Ravensthorpe’s heavy vehicle route
$8m Kalgoorlie Court upgrade
$7.7m for works on the Esperance Port Authority, including $4.7m for Hughes Road upgrade
$16.9m (including $6.9m from Royalties for Regions) for Esperance Integrated District Health Service
$15m towards redevelopment of Kalgoorlie regional resource centre
$5m for the maintenance of water supply infrastructure
$700,000 for the Wild Dog management plan
Goldfields-Esperance roads will receive a major boost as part of the $117million allocation for the region in the 2013-14 State Budget.
The funding includes $45.7million to complete the Esperance Port Access Road and $15million for the South Coast Highway to construct a heavy vehicle bypass route at Ravensthorpe.
It also includes $16.9million for the Esperance Integrated District Health Service.
Treasurer Troy Buswell said the Goldfields-Esperance 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 Goldfields-Esperance will improve 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 Goldfields-Esperance region and build stronger, safer regional communities across WA,” he said.
Record investment in regional WA is 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.”
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