- State Budget delivers investment in the Mid-West, with a focus on creating jobs and supporting health and education services
- $80 million for infrastructure in the Mid-West
- Funding to renew the Geraldton Airport runway
- $18.6 million to upgrade John Willcock Community College
- Part of a $4 billion Royalties for Regions investment across regional WA
The McGowan Labor Government's State Budget includes a significant investment in the Mid-West region with a focus on creating jobs, and education, health and community services.
The McGowan Government is delivering projects that will assist in diversifying the economy and creating jobs in the Mid-West including:
- $6.5 million to renew the Geraldton Airport runway;
- A $27.9 million boost to tourism funding to showcase regional destinations;
- A $40 million investment in regional telecommunications to improve access to services;
- $30 million to rebuild WA's core agricultural and grain research and development capability;
- $4.5 million dedicated for regional new and emerging businesses as part of the New Industries Fund; and
- $20 million over five years to establish the Aboriginal Rangers Program, to provide jobs looking after State parks and protected areas.
The 2017-18 State Budget delivers more than $80 million in funding for important capital works in the Mid-West.
The McGowan Labor Government is ensuring that Western Australians have access to quality healthcare, no matter where they live.
Funding in the Budget will enable the delivery of election commitments in putting patients first, including:
- $1.9 million to fund meet and greet services for people from remote communities travelling for treatment; and
- $1.6 million to expand the Find Cancer Early program into more regional areas.
Planning has commenced for upgrades to Geraldton Hospital. Funding for the project will be announced in subsequent budgets.
The State's first Medihotel is underway, which will ensure hospital stays are more comfortable for people travelling to Perth from the Mid-West for medical treatment.
The McGowan Labor Government is committed to delivering the highest standard of education to children in the Mid-West. The State Budget includes:
- $18.6 million to upgrade John Willcock Community College;
- An additional 50 Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers in regional WA;
- The appointment of 10 Independent Learning Coordinator roles in regional schools to assist students undertaking courses through the School of Isolated and Distance Education;
- Funding to roll out the Science in Schools program in regional primary schools; and
- Funding to put education assistants back into classrooms and provide more support for teachers.
The State Budget includes $4 billion in Royalties for Regions expenditure across the State, with a focus on creating jobs and projects that really matter to people in regional WA.
This is the first stage in the implementation of the McGowan Labor Government's plan for regional Western Australia. Planning and scoping of additional projects will be announced as part of subsequent budgets.
A budget allocation for additional projects has been provisioned for in the 2017-18 State Budget.
For more 2017-18 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"The McGowan Labor Government is getting on with the job of delivering our election commitments to the people of the Mid-West.
"Our first State Budget includes a big investment in the Mid-West, with a focus on projects that will create jobs and opportunities for locals as well as improve important services such as health and education.
"We will continue to ensure the State Government provides ongoing support to enable the Mid-West to continue to grow into the future."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"The McGowan Government is growing regional economies and creating jobs across regional Western Australia.
"Expanding capacity at the airport is important to boost Geraldton's role as a major regional centre."
Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt:
"In the Mid-West alone, the McGowan Government will spend more than $80 million on critical infrastructure over the next four years.
"As our population grows, it's vital that we continue to invest in local schools and hospitals and ensure services meet the needs of the community.
"We have big plans for the Mid-West and the State Budget will ensure that these plans become a reality as we continue to deliver on our election commitments in coming years."
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