Eric Ripper

Eric Ripper

Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for State Development

    State Budget 2008-09: Building Western Australia - Hills Region 2

    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 for 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:


    ·           $2million toward the new Governor Stirling Senior High School (total project cost: $63million);

    ·          $1million to complete the extension of the metal trade workshop at Swan TAFE, in Midland (total project cost: $3.45million);

    ·           $6.55million to continue work at the new Swan Health Campus (total project cost: $181.2million);

    ·           $2.75million to continue work on stage two of the redevelopment of Kalamunda Hospital (total project cost: $15.439million);

    ·           $52.922million to continue works on Reid Highway from West Swan Road to Great Northern Highway in West Swan and Middle Swan (total project cost: $81.895million);

    ·           $622,000 to continue work on the interchange at Roe Highway and Great Eastern Highway in Midvale (total project cost: $63.116million);

    ·           $11million to continue the reconstruction and widening of Great Northern Highway, from Roe Highway to Muchea (total project cost: $58.617million); and

    ·           $4.275million to complete the Ellenbrook Fire Station (total project cost: $4.498million).


    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, $2billion 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,” Mr Ripper 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.”


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


    ·           $1.18million to continue work on infill sewerage in Gooseberry Hill (total project cost: $1.491million);

    ·           $3.41million towards work on the Mundaring Water Treatment Plant (total project cost: $186.523million);

    ·           $3.713million towards work on a 2.5 megalitre suction tank at Mundaring Weir (total project cost: $6.024million);

    ·           $3.158million to continue stage two upgrading work at the Mundaring Weir outlet (total project cost: $26.153million);

    ·           $2.101million to complete remedial works at Mundaring Weir (total project cost: $2.665million);

    ·           $411,000 for the purchase of catchment land in Mundaring (total project cost: $1.559million);

    ·           $215,000 for upgrades to the Mundaring Treatment Plant (total project cost: $6.4million);

    ·           $3.345million toward stage one of the raw water pumping station  in Mundaring (total project cost: $43.02million);

    ·           $200,000 to continue upgrading work at the sewerage pumping station in Flora Street, Midland (total project cost: $5.534million);

    ·           $943,000 to continue work on the alternative pressure mains in Flora Street,  Midland (total project cost: $9.519million);

    ·           $1.5million to purchase land in Flora Street, Midland (total project cost: $1.82millon);

    ·           $2.84million to complete chlorination works in the Greenmount-Darlington Zone (total project cost: $3.31million);

    ·           $16.22million to continue upgrading works at the lower Helena Dam pumping station (total project cost: $45.151million);

    ·           $49,000 to continue the water supply between Talbot Road and Lower Helena (total project cost: $6.189million);

    ·           $50,000 towards disinfection works at the Northam Waste Water Treatment Plant (total project cost: $595,000);

    ·          $54,000 for the SCADA Network to monitor the water supply in Northam (total project cost: $16.345million);

    ·           $45,000 to complete works on the 25 megalitre additional storage tank in West Northam (total project cost: $11.176million);

    ·           $560,000 for upgrades and effluent disposal of the Toodyay Waste Water Treatment Plant (total project cost: $694,000);

    ·           $2.555million to continue infill sewerage works in York (total project cost: $3.667million);

    ·           $258,000 towards the construction of a four megalitre tank in East York (total project cost: $3.436million);

    ·           $6.727million for various works to extend the pipeline from Bakers Hill  to Toodyay (total project cost: $8.626million);

    ·           $13.183million to continue stage three of the power supply works to Westralia Airports (total project cost: $15.528million); and

    ·           $2.681million to complete the installation of the third transformer in Darlington (total project cost: $2.845million).


    Mr Ripper said a total of $29.594million would go towards projects undertaken by the Midland Redevelopment Authority, including:


    ·           $10.069million towards the strategic planning, decontamination and redevelopment of the Midland livestock saleyards site (total project cost: $22.937million);

    ·           $11.725million towards the remediation of the Helena East precinct and the continued redevelopment of The Workshop Village (total project cost: $47.441million);

    ·           $7.239million to complete heritage conservation work at the former Midland Railways Workshop site (total project cost: $22.091million); and

    ·           $269,000 towards park and landscaping work.


    Other key local works to be funded included:


    ·         $389,000 for minor work at Guildford Cemetery; and

    ·          $39,000 for minor work at Midland Cemetery.


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