Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Transport

    State Budget 2013-14: Building stronger communities - $864.5m for East Metropolitan

    8/08/2013 12:00 AM
    • $341.6m towards the $1billion Gateway WA project
    • $146.3m towards Midland Public Hospital
    • $17.4m for further Great Eastern Highway works, including completion of dual carriageway between Kooyong Road and Tonkin Highway
    • $270m towards the Mundaring Water Treatment Plant
    • $8m for Byford Secondary College
    • $5m for Armadale-Kelmscott Hospital
    • $1.5m for Governor Stirling Senior High School
    • $6m for Hartfield Park sporting complex
    • $7.2m towards a major police facilities refurbishment program, including $3m on the new Mundijong police station
    • $1.8m for Bullsbrook District High School

    Health, education and transport across the East Metropolitan area will receive a big boost under a $864.5million funding package in the 2013-14 State Budget.


    Treasurer Troy Buswell said the significant investment in transport, education and health infrastructure demonstrated the State Government’s commitment to the growing region.


    Mr Buswell said the State Budget allocated $341.6million towards the $1billion Gateway project - the biggest single project undertaken by Main Roads WA.  The project will upgrade the road network around Perth Airport and the nearby Forrestfield and Kewdale industrial areas to reduce congestion.


    In addition, $17.4million had been allocated for further work to upgrade Great Eastern Highway.


    The Treasurer said health would receive a boost under the Budget funding package with $146.3million for the 307-bed Midland Public Hospital, which was 30 per cent complete within a year on starting construction.


    In addition, $5million had been allocated to help plan the development of Armadale-Kelmscott Hospital.


    The State Budget allocated $7.2million towards refurbishing police facilities, including $3million for the new Mundijong police station.


    Mr Buswell said the funding also included $8million for Byford Secondary College; $1.8million for Bullsbrook District High School; and $1.5million for Governor Stirling Senior High School.


    “The Liberal National Government’s investment in the East Metropolitan region will improve the standard of living and services available to the local community and deliver world-class infrastructure for the benefit of all West Australians,” he said.


    “The Government has made responsible, accountable decisions to build stronger, safer communities and secure WA’s economic future.”


    The $146.3million for the Midland Public Hospital in 2013-14 forms part of the Government’s unprecedented investment in health services in WA via a $7billion hospital rebuilding program.


           Fact File

    • Major State Budget initiatives that will benefit all of WA include:
    • Health
      • Additional $2.2b over the next four years for growth in demand for hospital services
      • $31.8m for the ‘Closing the Gap’ program into improving health outcomes of indigenous people
      • $66m for replacement of medical equipment to ensure patients are receiving the best care possible when they visit a WA hospital
    • Regional Health
      • $161m for the North West Health Initiative, from Royalties for Regions, to improve health and aged care facilities in towns across the North-West
      • $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
      • Liberal National Government will spend an average of $15,621 per student this year, an increase of $513 per student from last year
      • $1.5b to build new schools and improve existing schools
    • Transport and Roads
      • $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
      • $432m over four years towards building the 22km MAX Light Rail. Construction expected to start 2016
      • $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
      • Nearly $40million in 2013-14 towards the Seniors Cost of Living Rebate
    • Concessions for Utilities
      • $308m over four years for the Cost of Living Assistance (CoLA) payment - designed to help low income West Australian families with their electricity bills
      • From July 1, CoLA increased from $200 to $208 per eligible household
    • Youth
      • $10.3m over three years to upgrade 23 Police and Community Youth Centres
    • Housing
      • 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
      • $282m over the next four years for recruitment of 550 extra police and auxiliary officers
      • $10.5m over four years to help attract officers into hard-to-fill regional postings
    • Agriculture
      • $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
      • $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
      • $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

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