Eric Ripper

Eric Ripper

Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for State Development

    State Budget 2008-09: Building Western Australia - northern suburbs 1 - Wanneroo

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

     

    Highlights of the local capital works program included:

     

    ·         $49.337million to continue stage one of the Joondalup Health Campus development (total project cost: $119.007million);

    ·         $2.991million to complete the expansion of the inpatient mental health unit at Joondalup Health Campus (total project cost: $12.315million);

    ·         $31.935million to complete the Mitchell Freeway extension from Hodges Drive to Burns Beach Road (total project cost: $171.497million);

    ·         $1.243milliion to start construction on the new section of dual carriageway on Wanneroo Road, between Wallawa Street and Joondalup Drive (total project cost: $27.828million);

    ·         $2million to complete the Wanneroo Revitalisation Project (total project cost: $8million);

    ·         $2million for additions and improvement works at Girrawheen Primary School (total project cost: $2million);

    ·         $9million for work on the new Craigie Heights Primary School (total project cost: $13million);

    ·         $9million for work on the Roseworth Primary School, in Girrawheen (total project cost: $13million);

    ·         $8.5million for work on the new Greenwood Primary School (total project cost: $13million);

    ·         $10.35million to complete work on the new Somerly Primary School, in East Clarkson (total project cost $12.3million);

    ·         $4.712million for new buildings and additions in the trade training area at West Coast TAFE, in Clarkson (total project cost: $19million);

    ·         $20.5million to complete construction of Ashdale College, in Darch (total project cost: $33.5million);

    ·         $4million to complete improvement works at Wanneroo Senior High School (total project cost: $6million);

    ·         $650,000 to complete work on the new Hocking Primary School (total project cost: $10.1million); and

    ·         $9.85million to complete work on the new Madeley Primary School (total project cost: $11.8million).

     

    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 for local water and wastewater infrastructure, including:

     

    ·           $71.1million to continue amplification work on the Beenyup Waste Water Treatment Plant (total project cost: $109.237million);

    ·           $176.983million to continue work on the Alkimos Waste Water Scheme (total project cost: $411.086milliion);

    ·           $47.817million to continue work on the Quinns main sewer to the Alkimos Waste Water Treatment Plant (total project cost: $92.532million);

    ·           $20,000 to start work on infill sewerage works in Quinns Rocks (total project cost: $2.182million);

    ·           $5.124million to complete works along Pinjar Road, in Banksia Grove (total project cost: $10.604million);

    ·           $16.239million to continue work on the Carabooda Reservoir and roof (total project cost: $38.922million);

    ·           $7.501million to complete work on section one of the Gnangara branch sewer (total project cost: $7.631million);

    ·           $17million for the Gnangara Mound Rehabilitation Project (total project cost: $44million);

    ·           $3.23million to complete work at the Gnangara Collection Sewer (total project cost: $3.3million);

    ·           $181,000 to commence work at the 125 megalitre pond at the Gnangara Reservoir (total project cost: $54.299million);

    ·           $567,000 to complete work on upgrades to the lime reactor at the Neerabup Groundwater Treatment Plant (total project cost: $1.181million);

    ·           $14.772million to continue work on the automation and centralisation of water at Wanneroo (total project cost: $37.811million); and

    ·           $643,000 for work on the Yanchep main sewer (total project cost: $4.441million).

     

    Funding for improvements to the local electricity system included:

     

    ·           $1.965million to establish Western Power’s new substation at Warwick (total project cost: $16.613million);

    ·           $197,000 to continue work on the installation of a third transformer at Padbury substation (total project cost: $6.568million);

    ·           $1.033million to continue work on the new substation at Joondalup (total project cost: $12.592million);

    ·           $2.699million to improve reliability of the transmission line from Mullaloo to Wanneroo (total project cost: $9.174million);

    ·           $23.708million to complete work on the new Neerabup terminal station (total project cost: $57.636million);

    ·           $179,000 to complete work on the installation of a second transformer at Clarkson substation (total project cost: $2.549million); and

    ·           $3.133million to complete work on the new substation at Wangara (total project cost: $3.157million).

     

    Other key local works to be funded included:

     

    ·            $306,000 to continue minor works at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park;

    ·           $500,000 for the Pinnaroo Lake Development at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park;

    ·           $500,000 for works on the Koondoola Revitalisation Project (total project cost: $1milllion);

    ·           $1.32million to complete refurbishment work at Hillarys Boat Harbour (total project cost: $6.79million);

    ·           $800,000 for replacement pens at Hillarys Boat Harbour (total project cost: $1.095million);

    ·           $1million to continue work on shelter improvements at Edgewater train station (total project cost: $6million);

    ·           $1.35million towards ongoing works at the Pinjar gas turbine power station (total project cost: $22.638million); and

    ·           $567,000 for maintenance and upgrade work at Arena Joondalup (total project cost: $567,000).

     

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