Royalties for Regions $3.78 billion investment over the next four years in regional WA
Royalties for Regions to provide $872 million for regional investment in 2016-17
Delivery of major infrastructure projects while ensuring economic development of regional communities
The State Government's 2016-17 State Budget will invest $3.78 billion over the next four years to build vibrant regions with strong economies through Royalties for Regions initiatives in health, community support services, education, Aboriginal development, agriculture, tourism, economic development and the arts.
Treasurer Mike Nahan said the investment would provide essential services and infrastructure that would attract investment, grow economies and create jobs and opportunities for regional communities.
"The Government is determined to invest in initiatives that establish the socio-economic foundations for development and drive growth and new investment," Dr Nahan said.
Royalties for Regions will continue to support major development programs over the Budget and forward estimates, such as the State-wide Regional Investment Blueprint Initiative ($642 million), Growing Our South ($424 million), Pilbara Cities ($573 million); and revitalisation plans for West and East Kimberley ($14 million), Goldfields-Esperance ($133.9 million), Mid-West ($115 million) and Gascoyne ($16 million).
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the $3.78 billion investment would build infrastructure to grow the State, develop economic opportunities and improve targeted social programs.
"Royalties for Regions is about strengthening and growing our regions and this investment will help regional communities realise their economic potential for the benefit of all West Australians," Mr Redman said.
"The Government's investment of $642 million - in the Regional Investment Blueprint Initiative reflects the commitment to develop strategic economic, social and community development projects across regional WA."
Funding across the Budget and forward estimates for new projects in the 2016-17 State Budget include:
- $20 million for the WA Open for Business project to help the agriculture and food sectors increase trade and investment activities in the sectors
- $49.3 million for the Transform Peel project to create the Peel Business Park Nambeelup, Peel Food Zone and the Peel Integrated Water Initiative
- $58.3 million to provide an alternative route for the Margaret River Perimeter Road to reduce heavy vehicle traffic through the main street of Margaret River
- $16 million for the Regional Film Fund to support the development of high-quality Australian and international film productions in WA
- $24.9 million to begin the transformation of Bunbury's waterfront
- $49.7 million to redevelop Newman's health services
- $22.3 million to revitalise Manjimup's town centre, including transformation of the Timber and Heritage Park precinct, upgraded facilities and safety improvements
- $15.7 million for the Katanning SuperTown Heritage Centre Project to construct tourism capital works projects that will deliver economic benefits to the town
- $10 million per year from 2017-18 to 2019-20 for the funding of the Exploration Incentive Scheme to encourage investment in the minerals and energy sectors
- $14 million for an industry adjustment package to help potato growers in the South-West and Wheatbelt make the transition to a deregulated market
- $29.5 million towards the Carnarvon Community College Stage 2 to amalgamate the primary and secondary public schools.
Key focus areas of the Royalties for Regions program for 2016-17:
Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture
$276 million over four years
An extra $50 million has been added to this program (now $350 million) to capitalise on agricultural economic growth. Investment will continue to fund projects including WA Biosecurity Defence, Water for Food program, Agricultural Sciences Research and Development, Boosting Grains Research and Development Support, WA Open for Business and the Northern Beef Futures.
Revitalising the Regions
$1.67 billion over four years
Continued investment to revitalise the regions, including funding for the State-wide Regional Investment Blueprint Initiative, Growing Our South, Pilbara Cities Initiative, Mid West Investment Plan and revitalisation plans for Goldfields-Esperance, Gascoyne and West and East Kimberley. Funding from these initiatives is also reflected in other categories listed below.
$822 million over four years
Continued investment for the North West Health Initiative, Patient Assisted Travel Scheme, Regional Men's Health, Renal Dialysis Service Expansion, Ear Health, Goldfields Emergency Telehealth and Southern Inland Health Initiative. New projects include Karratha Health Campus and Newman Health Service Redevelopment.
Community Support Services
$651 million over four years
Continued support for Regional Grants Scheme, Community Chest Grant Scheme, Country Age Pension Fuel Card, Emergency Services Volunteer Fuel Card, Regional Police Incentives, Regional Workers Incentives, South-West Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service, Fire Crew Protection, Regional Telecommunications Project - Stage 2, Avonlink Enhancement Project, Community Safety Network and the Creative Regions Program. New projects include the Revitalising Waterways of Geographe Bay and Regional Estuaries Initiative.
$110 million over four years
Continued investment in the Boarding Away from Home Allowance, Better Beginnings, Pilbara Institute - Electrical Specialist Centre, Allied Health Training Centre and the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School. New investment will also support Stage 2 development of the Carnarvon Community College.
Sport and Recreation
$115 million over four years
Continued investment in the Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme and the Community Sporting Club Equipment Subsidy Scheme, Community Pools Revitalisation program, the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme and the Albany Entertainment Centre.
$220 million over four years
Continued investment in the Exmouth Boat Harbour and new investment towards a Bunbury-based Department of Parks and Wildlife headquarters.
Aboriginal Development Initiatives
$118 million over four years
Continued investment in the Regional Youth Justice Strategy - Kimberley and Pilbara Expansion, and the North West Drug and Alcohol Support Program
Regional Services Reform
A further $50 million has been allocated to the Regional Reform Fund Special Purpose Account in 2017-18 with an initial focus on regional Aboriginal reform initiatives.
$268 million over four years
Continued investment in the new Kimberley national parks, Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program, Great Kimberley Marine Park, Western Australian Caravan and Camping Action Plan, Road Coach Replacement, Marine Parks Management, Regional Events Program, Regional Tourism Marketing Campaign, Living Lakes and Aboriginal Tourism Development Program.
Royalties for Regions investment provides infrastructure and services that help to build vibrant regional communities with strong economies
Since 2008, the State Government has invested $6.9 billion into more than 3,700 Royalties for Regions-funded projects and programs, including transfers to the Future Fund and other Special Purpose Accounts
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