- State Budget includes a $64.8 million investment in job-creating infrastructure in the Gascoyne
- $500,000 to complete the Gascoyne Food Bowl project
- $22.5 million for the Regional Economic Development Grants Scheme to drive economic development in regional Western Australia
- Investment builds on important projects already underway, including upgrades to Carnarvon Community College
- $80 million to enhance rural bushfire capacity across the State through the new Rural Fire Division
- $70 million for improvements to regional roads across the State identified as high risk for run off crashes
- McGowan Labor Government to invest more than $4 billion in Royalties for Regions across regional WA
The McGowan Labor Government is creating jobs and investing in important infrastructure and services in the Gascoyne, while restoring responsible financial management across the State.
The State Budget includes $4 billion in Royalties for Regions funding across the State, delivering important services to people in regional Western Australia.
The McGowan Labor Government will spend $3.4 billion on infrastructure across regional WA.
Creating jobs and strengthening the State's economy remains the number one priority of the McGowan Labor Government. The Budget includes:
- $500,000 to complete the Gascoyne Food Bowl project and drive new opportunities in horticulture;
- $22.5 million for the Regional Economic Development Grants Scheme to drive economic development in regional Western Australia; and
- $1.5 million over three years for a capability building program for Aboriginal businesses across the State, to support the Aboriginal procurement policy.
The Budget includes funding for important community programs and facilities, including:
- $20.5 million for the Target 120 program for early intervention into young offenders;
- $70 million for improvements to regional roads across the State identified as high risk for run off crashes;
- $1.2 million to install five Rural Intersection Active Warning systems on regional roads.
The McGowan Labor Government will invest $80 million to enhance rural bushfire capacity across the State through the new Rural Fire Division. For the first time ever, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services will have a division dedicated to rural firefighting and bushfire management.
Key McGowan Labor Government projects already underway or funded in the Gascoyne include:
- $11.6 million towards the new Carnarvon residential aged care facility;
- $26.6 million to continue to deliver the Carnarvon Community College;
- $2.7 million towards the Recreation and Joint Management Arrangements for the Ningaloo Coast project;
- $12.4 million investment towards wastewater treatment capacity in Exmouth North; and
- $986,000 for the Southern Gascoyne Rangelands Cell fence.
The McGowan Labor Government is focused on delivering the things that matter to people across regional WA. We are progressing important election commitments in regional WA, including:
- $18.5 million for the Regional Enforcement Unit to increase traffic enforcement on country roads;
- More than $2 billion will be spent on the State's regional roads between 2018-19 and 2021-22;
- $39.7 million to boost tourism funding to showcase regional destinations;
- Putting education assistants and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers back into regional classrooms;
- Funding to put Independent Learning Coordinators in 10 regional schools will assist students undertaking courses through the School of Isolated and Distance Education;
- Eight Regional Learning Specialists allocated to the School of Isolated and Distance Education to provide specialist classes for Year 11 and 12 students;
- $4.5 million for new and emerging regional businesses as part of the New Industries Fund;
- $1.6 million for the Find Cancer Early program in regional areas;
- $6.8 million for the renal dialysis program;
- $182.3 million for the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme to support regional Western Australians when they need to travel for medical treatment;
- $136 million for the Country Age Pension Fuel Card and $4 million for the volunteer fuel card;
- $37 million for Community Resource Centres across regional Western Australia; and
- $24.8 million for the Natural Resources Management Program.
For more information on the 2018-19 State Budget, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"My Government is putting the State to work, creating jobs for people in the Gascoyne region and turning the State's finances around.
"The State Budget strikes the right balance between fixing the mess of the Liberal National Government, while focusing on the things that matter to people in the Gascoyne region - jobs, health, education and community services.
"Our $26.6 million investment in Carnarvon Community College provides better educational opportunities for young people in the Gascoyne, opening up new pathways and careers for regional kids."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"The McGowan Labor Government is committed to building on the Gascoyne's natural advantages; new funding to complete the Gascoyne Food Bowl project will boost horticultural production around Carnarvon and create new job opportunities for the region.
"We also see real opportunity for Aboriginal engagement and employment in Carnarvon and the wider Gascoyne, and the funding support behind our Aboriginal procurement policy will help to make these opportunities a reality.
"The McGowan Labor Government is focused on ensuring small businesses are given every opportunity to grow, to boost local economies and create jobs."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200