Huge population growth in the South Metropolitan region has driven a $470 million investment in schools, roads and infrastructure projects outlined in today's 2016-17 State Budget.
Treasurer Mike Nahan said as part of a $47.5 million education package, the State Government would fund the new South Baldivis Senior High School, the completion of a multimillion-dollar upgrade to Willetton Senior High School, the development of Fremantle College and new primary schools, including Wandi Primary School and Wellard Primary School.
Dr Nahan said work was continuing on the new Perth Stadium, which would directly employ 6,000 workers, as well as the integrated train, bus and pedestrian project to support the stadium, which would employ another 1,355 workers.
The 2016-17 State Budget also included the completion of the Aubin Grove Station, including 2,000 new car bays, and the widening of the Kwinana Freeway southbound between Roe Highway and Russell Road.
Planning for Fremantle Tunnel, which will reduce congestion for people living in the southern suburbs, has also been funded, and more than $8.1 million has been invested in new facilities at the Cockburn Central Police Station.
"These projects are not only creating jobs for thousands of West Australians, but form an important part of the Government's infrastructure plan to grow WA for a better future," the Treasurer said.
"From the various school upgrades to the important transport and infrastructure projects, residents living in the South Metropolitan area are benefiting from these Government investments in their future."
Major works for the South Metropolitan region in 2016-17 include:
$157 million for the Perth Stadium Transport Project
$36 million for Aubin Grove Station and $13.7 million for Aubin Grove Train Precinct road works
$26.3 million for South Metropolitan TAFE's Murdoch Stage 4
$13.5 million for the development of Fremantle College
$11.2 million for South Metropolitan TAFE's Engineering Training Centre in Munster
$9.2 million for Willetton Senior High School upgrades
$8.1 million for new facilities at Cockburn Central Police Station
$4.1 million for the refurbishment of Point Peron Wastewater Treatment Plant
$4 million towards the $109 million Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Facility
WA Budget statements are available at http://ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
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