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 $3,296 per person - that is $1,837 or 126 per cent per person more.”
The Treasurer said the Government would commit a record $26.1billion on capital works across the State over the next four years, with $7.6billion 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 devote:
· $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 and $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.
Capital works in the Kimberley region had been allocated $188.7million in the 2008‑09 State Budget.
Mr Ripper said roads infrastructure to support development in the Kimberley brought about by the resources boom was a key priority, with nearly $65million budgeted, comprising:
· $20.3million to widen and reconstruct the Great Northern Highway from Elvire to Sandy Creek;
· $15.3million for works on the Big Mabel Creek Bridge, Great Northern Highway;
· $14.7million towards the reconstruction of the Bow River section of the Great Northern Highway;
· $4.2million to widen and seal the Derby Spur of the Derby Highway;
· $3.6million toward works on the Victoria Highway, Kununurra bypass;
· $1.7million toward the reconstruction and widening of the Great Northern Highway from Fitzroy Crossing to Gogo;
· $1.5million for work on the Fletchers Creek Bridge, Great Northern Highway;
· $1.5million for work on the Telegraph Creek Bridge, Great Northern Highway;
· $1.1million for improvements to drainage and formation of the Tanami Road; and
· $964,000 to improve the formation and gravel of the Gibb River Road between Derby, Gibb River and Wyndham.
Law, order and community safety were other key priorities for the Kimberley region with $37.7million budgeted including:
· $25.3million for work on the new Kimberley Prison and Work Camp to be located in the Derby area (total project cost $103.53 million);
· $5.1million to complete works to the Looma Remote Multi-Functional Policing Facility;
· $2.5million to complete works to the new Kimberley District Police Complex;
· $1.3million to complete the FESA collocation at Derby (total project cost $2.45million);
· $1.1million for the Kununurra Courthouse accommodation for the new magistrate and support staff;
· $1million for the Emergency Services Centre in Kununurra;
· $893,000 toward works on the Derby Police Station; and
· $485,000 to provide relieving officers’ quarters to the Bidyadanga Remote
Multi-Functional Policing Facility.
Kimberley region health facilities and services received an injection of nearly $24million including:
· $6million toward the Broome Inpatient Mental Health Unit (total project cost $9.4million);
· $11.7million to continue works on the Broome Regional Resource Centre Hospital;
· $675,000 to complete various health projects in the Kimberley;
· $900,000 to complete the development of the Kununurra Integrated District Health Service, including the new dental clinic;
· $3.9million to complete the development of the Wyndham Multi Purpose Health Centre (total project cost $4.5 million); and
· $632,000 for the Kimberley Renal Support Service.
The region’s water resources and supplies received $26.1million for capital works projects that included:
· $8.9million for work on the Broome Waste Water Treatment Plant Number Two;
· $5.4million for works to the Broome Sewerage Pumping Station Number Six;
· $4.3million to continue works on the Ord River Irrigation project (total project cost $32.1million);
· $3.1million for diversion works from Broome Pumping Station Four to Pumping Station Six;
· $2.5million to increase borefield capacity in Broome (total project cost $3.41million);
· $700,000 toward increasing the water source in Halls Creek;
· $421,000 for continued works on the Broome Town Waste Water Management Plant;
· $351,000 for the Kununurra Diversion Dam;
· $150,000 for chlorination works and tank hatches in Halls Creek;
· $100,000 toward the electrification of the Broome Borefield; and
· $38,000 toward site acquisition for the Broome North Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Education and training services and facilities in the Kimberley received $18million, with:
· $17.5million to complete the new Fitzroy Crossing District High School (total project cost $34million); and
· $500,000 to fund the East Kimberley Clontarf Football Academy.
The Kimberley region’s energy infrastructure received $34.4million, with the following Budget allocations:
· $20.0million to regularise electricity supplies to indigenous communities throughout the Kimberley under the Aboriginal and Remote Communities Power Supply Project Phase 2.1;
· $7.6million for work at the substation at Buckleys Road in Broome;
· $2.5million for independent power producer interconnections and other works at Broome;
· $2million for general works at Kununurra;
· $1.1million for distribution works at Wyndham;
· $891,000 for independent power producer interconnections and other works at Derby;
· $122,000 for new works at the Frederick Street substation and Kavite Road;
· $98,000 for independent power producer interconnections at Halls Creek;
· $85,000 for new works in navigable waterways;
· $18,000 for independent power producer interconnections at Camballin and Looma; and
· $18,000 for the installation of surge arresters throughout the Kimberley.
Other capital works funding for the Kimberley region in the 2008-09 Budget included:
· $5.4million for the construction and ongoing management of a community swimming pool in Fitzroy Crossing;
· $2.1million toward the Broome Performing Arts and Cultural Centre;
· $1.8million toward the fender and deck upgrade and other minor works at the Port; and
· $200,000 to continue infrastructure works in new conservation parks in the Ord (total project cost $1million).
Mr Ripper said the State Government had also committed $15million to expand the Ord River Irrigation Area.
He said the expansion project would deliver about 14,000ha of agricultural land, virtually doubling the size of the existing Ord River Irrigation Area.
The expansion of land will include the potential development of the Packsaddle area, as well as about:
· 1,300ha in the Ord West Bank area;
· 4,000ha in the Mantinea area; and
· 8,000ha in the M2 area.
The project would be implemented in stages, with the $15million being used to provide road infrastructure which was necessary for the West Bank area to be developed.
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