Eric Ripper

Eric Ripper

Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for State Development

    State Budget 2008-09: Building Western Australia - Western Suburbs

    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 towards 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:


    ·        $76.85million towards the new major sports stadium to be built at Kitchener Park, Subiaco (total project cost: $1.07billion);

    ·        $77.782million for the Perry Lakes Redevelopment Project (total project cost:  $142.167million);

    ·        $1.07million for maintenance and upgrade work at Challenge Stadium (total project cost: $1.07million);

    ·        $7.147million to continue work on King Edward Memorial Hospital (total project cost: $20.151million);

    ·        $10.01million to continue work on Princess Margaret Hospital (total project cost: $15.648million);

    ·        $2.726million for a range of improvements at Shenton Park Hospital (total project cost: $5million);

    ·        $10.705million to continue a range of projects at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, including the stage two development of the Cancer Centre and the PathWest redevelopment (total project cost: $515.241million);

    ·        $300,000 to complete redevelopment planning for Graylands Hospital (total project cost: $600,000);

    ·        $350,000 to purchase neonatal medical equipment as part of the redevelopment of level two nurseries at the King Edward Memorial Hospital (total project cost: $875,000);

    ·        $3.979million to continue work on the Fraser Avenue Ceremonial Walk, in Kings Park (total project cost: $4.192million); and

    ·        $22.569million to continue redevelopment works by the Subiaco Redevelopment Authority (total project cost: $58.463million).


    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 Treasurer said a total of $63.669million would go towards funding various Fremantle Port Authority Projects at North Quay (total project cost: $150.357million) including:


    ·        $29.038million to continue work on berth upgrades, Eastern Stage (total project cost: $46.059million);

    ·        $18.291million to continue work on berth upgrades, Western Stage (total project cost: $49.593millon);

    ·        $265,000 to continue work on the Environmental Improvement Program (total project cost: $3.404million);

    ·        $415,000 to complete land acquisitions (total project cost: $4.087million);

    ·        $400,000 to complete the replacement of medium voltage cabling (total project cost: $1.777million);

    ·        $260,000 to commence work on sewerage upgrades (total project cost: $1.06million); and

    ·        $15million to commence work on the Seawall Construction and Rous Head Extension, Second Stage (total project cost: $20.9million).


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

    ·        $500,000 to continue work on the Wembley Downs pumping station (total project cost: $1.107million);

    ·        $20,000 to continue work on the Claremont main sewer (total project cost: $1.234million);

    ·        $268,000 to continue work on the Cottesloe main sewer (total project cost:  $1.027million);

    ·        $3.494million to continue work on the Subiaco main sewer (total project cost: $6.61million);

    ·        $150,000 to start upgrading work on the Subiaco Waste Water Treatment Plant (total project cost: $1.507million); and

    ·        $2.304million to continue work on the new electricity substation at Cottesloe (total project cost: $15.586million).


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