- State Budget includes a $122.8 million investment in job-creating infrastructure in the Mid-West region
- $73.3 million over the next five years for the redevelopment of the Geraldton Health Campus
- $10.2 million over the next five years for the Step Up/Step Down mental health facility
- $22.5 million for the Regional Economic Development Grants Scheme to drive economic development in regional Western Australia
- $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
- Investment builds on important projects already underway
- McGowan Labor Government invests 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 Mid-West region, 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:
- $73.3 million over the next five years for the redevelopment of Geraldton Health Campus;
- $10.2 million over the next five years for the Step Up/Step Down mental health facility;
- $22.5 million for the Regional Economic Development Grants Scheme to drive economic development in regional Western Australia;
- $1.5 million over three years for a capability building program for Aboriginal businesses, to support the Aboriginal procurement policy;
- $45 million over four years for the Building Western Australia's Grains Research and Development capacity program; and
- $31.5 million to extend the Magnetite Financial Assistance Program until December 31, 2018.
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; and
- $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 in the Mid-West include:
- $35 million to upgrade roads related to the Square Kilometre Array project;
- $6.5 million to upgrade the Geraldton Airport runway;
- $17.2 million in upgrades to John Willcock Community College;
- $16 million to continue the Aboriginal Rangers Program over the next four years, to provide jobs looking after State parks and protected areas;
- $1.59 million towards the Murchison Regional Vermin Cell and Murchison Hub Cell;
- $3.8 million towards revitalising Geraldton Senior College;
- $10 million to better protect the Abrolhos Islands and create tourism and job opportunities; and
- $8 million towards replacing ageing Volunteer Fire Stations in regional locations, including Northampton.
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;
- $24.8 million for the Natural Resources Management Program; and
- Eight Regional Learning Specialists allocated to the School of Isolated and Distance Education to provide specialist classes for Year 11 and 12 students.
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 Mid-West 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 Mid-West - jobs, health, education and community services.
"We are delivering on our election commitment to fund a much needed expansion of the Geraldton Health Campus, part of our investment into providing quality healthcare across regional WA.
"Our State-wide Methamphetamine Action Plan is underway, enhancing community safety and tackling the meth scourge in regional towns."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"The State Budget includes $4 billion in Royalties for Regions funding to strengthen the economic diversity of the regions, including the Mid-West.
"The McGowan Labor Government is focused on ensuring small businesses are given every opportunity to grow, to boost local economies and create jobs.
"We are investing in schools across the State and making sure country Western Australians have access to quality healthcare and community services, no matter where they live."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200