Eric Ripper

Eric Ripper

Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for State Development

    State Budget 2008-09: Building Western Australia - Armadale Gosnells

    8/05/2008 12:00 AM

    Building Western Australia was the Carpenter Government’s key priority in the 2008-09 State Budget, Treasurer Eric Ripper said today.


    “This is our eighth consecutive balanced Budget and provides a record $7.6billion for capital works in 2008-09 and $26.1billion over the next four years,” Mr Ripper said.


    “We are continuing to reinvest in our State’s future to help sustain our economic growth with a massive capital works program that covers both Perth and the regions.


    “And we are ensuring Western Australians will get the key services they rightly expect and deserve.


    “This Budget also shares the State’s prosperity through big increases in spending on health care, including mental health, law and order, child protection, community safety, education and training, and public housing.”


    The Treasurer said the 2008-09 Budget also made housing more affordable with a $1.2billion tax relief package that would slash stamp duty on the median-priced house by about 15 per cent, saving a homebuyer about $3,000.


    The package also included reductions in land tax and payroll tax reforms to ease the compliance burden on business.


    He said capital works included $1.07billion towards the new major stadium at Kitchener Park in Subiaco, $506million for the new museum on the former East Perth power station site and $319million for the redevelopment of Perth’s Swan River foreshore.


    Also included was $810million for roads, including $246.3million for the new Perth-to-Bunbury Highway, $1.1billion for water infrastructure, $1.2billion for improving electricity infrastructure and $212million for the purchase and construction of public rental housing.


    Highlights of the local capital works program included:


    ·      $8.65million to continue work on the Armadale-Kelmscott Memorial Hospital (total project cost: $15.97millon); and

    ·      $350,000 to complete Bletchley Park Primary School, in Southern River (total project cost: $9.4million).


    On top of the record capital works program, Mr Ripper said the Government would spend $4.5billion for health care, $3.6billion for education and training, $2.6billion for law and order and community safety, $341million for child protection and $61million to bring another 4,400 apprentices and trainees into the State’s workforce.


    “We are spending more per capita on public order and safety than any other Australian State,” he said.


    “Our health spending continues to grow rapidly - health now consumes just under a quarter of total Government expenditure and our per capita rates are level with Queensland and ahead of NSW and Victoria.”


    The Treasurer said the Government had also committed an extra $2.1billion to ensure better pay for nurses, doctors, police and teachers.


    “The Government needs to pay key service staff at a rate that reflects their vital role, while also continuing to attract and retain the right people,” he said.


    “Enterprise bargaining agreements have been reached with the State’s health workers and police, making them among the best paid in the nation, and negotiations with the State’s teachers are ongoing.”


    Mr Ripper said a total of $24.369million would be spent on projects undertaken by the Armadale Redevelopment Authority, including:


    ·           $1.66million to continue work on the Armadale and Kelmscott Rail Infrastructure (total project cost: $5.981million);

    ·           $7.73million for various projects at Champion Lakes:

    -       $1.4million to complete the Aboriginal Interpretive Centre at Champion Lakes (total project cost: $1.8million);

    -       $3.3million to complete the Commercial Land Development; and

    -       $3.03million to continue the development of lake infrastructure (total project cost: $28.169million);

    ·           $605,000 to continue work on the Forrestdale Business Park (total project cost: $13.811million);

    ·           $3.1million to continue the implementation of Armadale Redevelopment Scheme (total project cost: $17.355million);

    ·           $2.4million to complete the Kelmscott District Centre works and Gilwell Avenue extension (total project cost: $5.633million); and

    ·           $8.824million for various works at Wungong Urban Water Project, including:

     -       $1.324million to continue work on the Water Smart Australia initiative; and

    -       $7.5million to continue work on the Wungong water drainage, river restoration and other civil works.


    Funding to improve local water and wastewater infrastructure and the electricity network included:


    ·           $433,000 to complete the replacement of pressure mains at the Forrest Road pumping station in Brookdale (total project cost: $716,000);

    ·           $37,000 to continue various sewerage works in Westfield (total project cost: $2.038million);

    ·           $35,000 to continue landscape work at the Williams Road main drain open channel Braemore Street, Seville Grove (total project cost: $323,000);

    ·           $43.509million towards the 1400 trunk main at Wungong (total project cost: $107.36million);

    ·           $50,000 to upgrade the main drain, Khul Park Compensating Basin, in Armadale (total project cost: $597,000);

    ·           $220,000 to complete the replacement of the ranger’s house at Canning Dam (total project cost: $350,000);

    ·           $2.425million to complete the Forrestdale-Nicholson Road 800 pipeline (total project cost: $2.54million);

    ·           $398,000 to complete the chlorination works in the Roleystone zone (total project cost: $462,000);

    ·           $1.373million to complete the Serpentine-Canning transfer trunk (total project cost: $1.72million);

    ·           $356,000 to complete the Wungong Dam crane replacement (total project cost: $471,000);

    ·           $343,000 to complete the chlorination works in the Araluen zone (total project cost: $435,000);

    ·           $1.445million to complete refurbishment of outlet works, Serpentine Dam (total project cost: $1.812million);

    ·           $605,000 to complete stage two remedial works, Serpentine Dam (total project cost: $11.274million);

    ·           $150,000 to complete remedial works at the Serpentine Pipehead Dam (total project cost: $1.144million);

    ·           $3.63million to establish Western Power’s new substation in Thornlie (total project cost: $3.63million); and

    ·           $1.808million to complete work at Western Power’s Southern River substation (total project cost: $3.7million).


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