Eric Ripper

Eric Ripper

Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for State Development

    State Budget 2008-09: Building Western Australia - Fremantle Cockburn

    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 includes 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:


    ·           $500,000 to continue work to reconfigure the navigational span of the Fremantle Traffic Bridge in Queen Victoria Street (total project cost: $81.268million);

    ·           $630,000 to complete stage three of the Fremantle Welcome Wall at the Maritime Museum (total project cost: $1.43million);

    ·           $10.588million to complete the Success Primary School (total project cost $22million);

    ·           $1.689million for continued work at the Australian Marine Complex, Southern Precinct (total project cost: $127.3million);

    ·           $1.186million for work to the Fremantle Cemetery including maintenance and lakes development;

    ·           $3.502million to continue extensions to Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour Jetty One;

    ·           $61.551million to continue upgrades at the Australian Marine Complex (total project cost: $174.3million);

    ·           $20.307million for a range of works at Western Power’s Southern Terminal, in Bibra Lake, including the installation of a third transformer (total project cost:  $57.652 million); and

    ·           $248,000 for continued work at the Cockburn Power Station (total project cost $59.288million).


    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.”


    The Government will also provide funding works at the Fremantle Port, including:


    ·           $1million to replace windows and doors at the Passenger Terminal and Function Centre at the Inner Harbour (total project cost: $4million);

    ·           $5.795million to continue the replacement and upgrade of infrastructure and equipment at Fremantle Outer Harbour (total project cost: $52.485million);

    ·           $1.1million to continue security upgrades at Fremantle Port’s inner and outer harbours (total project cost: $4.722million);

    ·           $8.873million for various projects at Victoria Quay (total project cost: $31.38million), including:

    -     $950,000 for fendering at D Berth (total project cost: $950,000);

    -     $2million to commence work on the Fremantle Waterfront Implementation Plan (total project cost: $15million);

    -     $3million for motor vehicle decking (total project cost: $3million);

    -     $2.457million to upgrade ferry passenger facilities and public amenities (total project cost: $2.457million);

    -     $466,000 to complete work on the power mains and infrastructure (total project cost: $3.375million); and

    ·           $80.219million to commence the deepening of the Inner Harbour, Stage One (total project cost: $125.561million).


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