Regional Western Australia is driving both the State and ultimately national economies and the Carpenter Government is well aware of this phenomenal contribution, Treasurer Eric Ripper said today.
Mr Ripper said the Government would spend more than twice as much per capita on regional infrastructure as it did in the metropolitan area in the 2008-09 Budget.
“In 2008-09, capital works spending per capita in the metropolitan region will be $1,459 per person,” he said.
“But across regional WA the Government will spend a $3,296 per person - that is $1,837 or 126 per cent per person more.”
The Treasurer said the Government would commit a record $26.1 billion on capital works around the State over the next four years with $7.6 billion to be spent this financial year.
“This is our eighth consecutive balanced Budget and the Government will return every single cent of the surplus to build infrastructure and therefore reduce the amount we need to borrow for this program,” he said.
State-wide, the Government was committing heavily to health care, education, law and order, child protection and disability services.
Overall the Government would spend:
· $4.5billion for health care, an increase of 5.8 per cent with 22.7 per cent more for mental health;
· $3.6billion for education and training - up 3.9 per cent;
· $2billion for law and order and community safety - up $135million;
· $388million for disability services - almost double the amount spent in 2000‑01;
· $349million for child protection - up 16.5 per cent; and
· $1.2billion on tax relief - with a 15 per cent cut to stamp duty on the median‑priced home, saving the homebuyer about $3,000.
Mr Ripper said capital works in the Wheatbelt region had been allocated nearly $122million in the Budget.
He said the region’s roads were a key priority, with more than $68.7million allocated including:
· $40million to continue the construction of the passing lanes on Great Northern Highway between Muchea and Wubin;
· $25million for works on the Indian Ocean Drive between Lancelin and Cervantes;
· $2.9million to widen the Brookton Highway from Corrigin to Hyden;
· $600,000 toward the construction of stage one of the Lime Sands Route on the East West Heavy Haulage Route; and
· $383,000 to reconstruct Great Eastern Highway between Hines Hill and Merredin.
The region’s water supplies were also a key priority, with $35.3million committed for a range of projects including:
· $6.7million for various works to extend the pipeline from Bakers Hill to Toodyay;
· $4.5million to replace the pumping station component of the Goldfields and Agriculture Water Supply in Cunderdin;
· $2.9million for work on the Williams Waste Water Treatment Plant;
· $2.8million for water quality improvements at Dalwallinu;
· $2.6million to continue infill sewerage works in York;
· $1.6million for minor works to water and waste water in the Wheatbelt;
· $1.3million for pipeline improvements and chlorination works at Pithara;
· $1.2million for works on the Dulbelling Reservoir;
· $1.2million for work on the 600kl tank at Dumbleyung;
· $836,000 to complete works on the Waddouring Tank;
· $764,000 toward a water source at Woodridge;
· $577,000 for conveyance upgrades at Williams;
· $560,000 for upgrades and effluent disposal of the Toodyay Waste Water Treatment Plant;
· $515,000 for works to the water supply at Lake Grace;
· $347,000 for chlorination improvements at Dowerin;
· $299,000 for the Lake Grace Turbidity Dam;
· $258,000 toward the construction of a four-megalitre tank in East York;
· $245,000 to commence internal CCTV inspections of the Goldfield and Agriculture Water Supply;
· $198,000 for replacement works on the Goldfields and Agriculture Water Supply, near Meckering;
· $120,000 for upgrades to the Southern Cross pumping station;
· $100,000 to complete water quality improvements at New Norcia;
· $100,000 for chlorination works at Bindi Bindi;
· $54,000 to the SCADA Network to monitor the water supply in Northam;
· $50,000 for disinfection work at the Narrogin Waste Water Treatment Plant;
· $50,000 for disinfection of the Wagin Waste Water Treatment Plant;
· $50,000 towards disinfection works at the Northam Waste Water Treatment Plant;
· $50,000 for infill sewerage works at Bruce Rock;
· $45,000 to complete works on the 25-megalitre additional storage tank in West Northam;
· $10,000 to complete works on the disinfection of the Beverley Water Supply; and
· $10,000 for chlorination improvements at Ballidu.
The Wheatbelt’s energy infrastructure received $5.4million to fund the following:
· $2.8million toward the installation of a third transformer at the Muchea Sub-station; and
· $2.6million for works to connect Iluka Resources to the sub-station at Cataby.
The Muchea Livestock Centre received an allocation of $11.9million to complete the construction of new buildings.
Moora’s Multi Purpose Health Facility was allocated $158,000 to complete the $8.5million project.
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