Eric Ripper

Eric Ripper

Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for State Development

    State Budget 2008-09: Building Regional WA - Goldfields-Esperance to benefit from huge capital works program

    8/05/2008 12:00 AM

    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 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; 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.


    In the Goldfields-Esperance region, nearly $117million had been allocated for capital works in the Budget including:

    ·         $10.2million for continued works on the Kalgoorlie Court upgrade (total project cost $30.7million);

    ·         $6.4million to complete the new Blackstone Remote Multi-Function Policing Facility;

    ·         $1.6million to complete the collocation of the FESA volunteer service;

    ·         $590,000 to complete planning works for the replacement of the Eastern Goldfields Prison; and

    ·         $200,000 to complete work on the Leonora Police Station.


    Water supply infrastructure and services in the Goldfields-Esperance region received over $58million with projects that included:


    ·         $13.166million for improvements to the 15-megalitre storage tank at Bullabulling;

    ·         $11.482million for storage and pipeline works on the Goldfields and Agricultural Water Supply in Kalgoorlie;

    ·         $9.351million for works to the Hopetoun Waste Water Scheme;

    ·         $2.84million to refurbish 7.5km section of the main conduit between the Koorarawalyee pumping station and Boondi in preparation for the 2008 winter;

    ·         $2.162million for replacement works on the main conduit between the 399.2km and 4.3km mark of the Goldfields and Agricultural Water Supply;

    ·         $2.069million for upgrades to the Hopetoun Water Supply;

    ·         $2million toward the replacement of the Coolgardie pumping station;

    ·         $1.5million toward the upgrade of the Koorarawalyee pumping station;

    ·         $1.257million forward water quality improvements at Menzies;

    ·         $1.028million for upgrades to the Esperance Town Water Supply;

    ·         $757,000 for chlorination works at Bullabulling;

    ·         $533,000 to replace motors and pumps at the Yerbillon pumping station;

    ·         $441,000 for the replacement of the main conduit between the 469.6 and 475.8km mark of the Goldfields and Agricultural Water Supply;

    ·         $397,000 for upgrades to the Dedari pumping station;

    ·         $300,000 for stage two works of the Esperance Treated Waste Water Management Program;

    ·         $97,000 to improve effluent disposal at the Laverton Waste Water Treatment Plant;

    ·         $53,000 toward the construction on two new bores in Esperance; and

    ·         $47,000 for distribution upgrades in Esperance.


    Roads and other transport infrastructure in the region have been allocated nearly $17million with projects that included:


    ·         $11.5million to reconstruct the Goldfields Highway at Lake Raeside;

    ·         $1.9million for minor works at the Esperance Port;

    ·         $1.5million to improve the formation and gravel on the Great Central Road (Outback Highway) from Laverton to Docker River;

    ·         $1.1million to reconstruct Eyre Highway at Heartbreak Ridge;

    ·         $757,000 to complete various improvements along the South Coast Highway; and

    ·         $200,000 to complete the reconstruction of the Ravensthorpe to Hopetoun Road (total project cost $725,000).


    The Goldfields-Esperance region’s electricity infrastructure also received a boost of more than $14million with:


    ·         $3.358million for distribution works at Esperance;

    ·         $3million for works to the sub-station to connect the Westonia Mine;

    ·         $2.173million for a new Esperance depot, including feeder lines;

    ·         $1.322million for the Hopetoun Wind Diesel Project;

    ·         $1.139million to underground power in Esperance as part of the State Underground Power Program;

    ·         $1.087million to address network safety issues;

    ·         $871,000 for upgrades to the Esperance Network;

    ·         $549,000 for independent power producer interconnections at Laverton;

    ·         $488,000 for work on the Queen Street transformer and automation in Hopetoun; and;

    ·         $232,000 toward the expansion of the Hopetoun Power Station.


    Education and training facilities in the region have been allocated $3.15million to complete the new Metal, Electrical and Automotive building at Curtin Vtech and $2million for work on the Central West TAFE, Wiluna Education and Vocational Training Centre.


    Over the forward estimates, the Kalgoorlie Regional Resource Centre Hospital has been allocated the total construction cost of $40million including $2.8million in 2008-09 for stage one works.


    Treasurer's office: 9222 8788