Eric Ripper

Eric Ripper

Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for State Development

    State Budget 2008-09: Building Western Australia - south eastern suburbs 1

    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-Bunbury Highway, $1.1billion for water infrastructure, $1.2billion for improving electricity infrastructure and $212million for the construction and or purchase of public rental housing.


    Highlights of the local capital works program included:


    ·           $500,000 to commence work on Great Eastern Highway from Kooyong Road to Tonkin Highway (total project cost: $224.818million);

    ·           $622,000 to commence work on Tonkin Highway at the Kewdale Road interchange (total project cost: $64.789million);

    ·           $8.092million to continue the redevelopment of the Kewdale Freight Complex (total project cost: $14.5million);

    ·           $2million to continue work on the overflow storage tank at Hardey Road, in Belmont (total project cost: $2.194million);

    ·           $964,000 to complete the upgrade at the Hardey Road pumping station, in Belmont (total project cost: $1.274million);

    ·           $75,000 to continue work on the main drain fencing, in Belmont (total project cost: $320,000);

    ·           $50,000 to start work on the compensating basin extension, in Star Street, Carlisle (total project cost: $330,000);

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

    ·           $2.694million to continue the establishment of Western Power’s Kewdale substation (total project cost; $12.727million);

    ·           $16.45million to continue stage one of the Biodiversity Conservation Science Centre and Herbarium, in Kensington (total project cost: $29.148million);

    ·           $2.779million to complete stage one of the implementation of the Technology Precinct masterplan, in Bentley (total project cost: $8.55million);

    ·           $450,000 to continue planning the South Perth train station (total project cost: $31.723million);

    ·           $7.368million for the State Underground Power Program, in Como (total project cost: $12.558million); and

    ·           $735,000 to complete the orang-utan exhibit at Perth Zoo (total project cost: $2.2million).


    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 and are only a few dollars per head behind Tasmania as the biggest spender when it comes to education,” 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.”


    The Treasurer said the Government would also provide significant funding for local water and wastewater infrastructure, including:


    ·           $3.6million to continue relining main sewerage lines in Como (total project cost: $13.371million);

    ·           $450,000 to complete the Armagh Street pumping main replacement, in Victoria Park (total project cost: $3.095million);

    ·           $3.547million to complete the overflow storage tank at Armagh Street, in Victoria Park (total project cost: $10.947million);

    ·           $11.049million to continue the pump upgrade at Armagh Street, in Victoria Park (total project cost: $16.641million); and

    ·           $200,000 to continue the mains realignment in Carlisle (total project cost: $2.66million).


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