Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen Industry

    Growing regional WA: Budget boost for jobs in the regions

    10/05/2018 2:05 PM
    • State Budget guarantees $4 billion in Royalties for Regions funding across regional Western Australia
    • McGowan Labor Government invests $3.4 billion in regional infrastructure
    • Investment targeted at regional job creation and services that matter to people in regional WA  

    The McGowan Labor Government is creating jobs and investing in important infrastructure and services in regional Western Australia, while restoring responsible financial management across the State.


    The 2018-19 State Budget includes a $3.4 billion investment into job-creating infrastructure and guarantees the future of Royalties for Regions as a stand-alone fund.


    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 five years, for the Geraldton Health Campus stage 1 redevelopment;
    • $10.2 million over the next five years to construct and operate a Mid-West community mental health Step Up/Step Down service, which will be offsite but integrated with Geraldton Health Campus mental health services;
    • $70 million for improvements to regional roads across the State identified as high risk for run off crashes;
    • $1.2 million for advanced warning signs at intersections on rural roads;
    • More than $45 million across four years for the Building the Western Australian Grains Research and Development capacity program;
    • $22.5 million for the Regional Economic Development Grants Scheme to drive economic development;
    • $10 million per annum from 2019-20 onwards to continue the Exploration Incentive Scheme;
    • $9.3 million for conservation projects in the Pilbara;
    • $10.5 million to establish and maintain the Preston River to Ocean and Leschenault Regional Parks to drive tourism;
    • $9.8 million for much needed upgrades to the Albany Secondary Education Support Centre and North Albany Senior High School;
    • $9.3 million to fast-track 33 more alcohol and drug rehabilitation beds in the South-West;
    • $5 million for development of the Myalup Primary Industry Reserve;
    • $4.4 million for upgrades to the 193-bed Peel Health Campus; 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 initiatives and facilities and investment to better protect our environment and make our regional roads safer:

    • More than $2 billion will be spent on the State's regional roads between 2018-19 and 2021-22;
    • $20 million on upgrades to Indian Ocean Drive;
    • $17.2 million to continue upgrades to Great Eastern Highway on priority sections identified in the Wheatbelt Safety Review;
    • $2.4 million for planning and pre-construction activities for upgrades to Toodyay Road;
    • $128.5 million record investment towards critical fire emergency services including $80 million to enhance rural bushfire capacity across the State through the new Rural Fire Division and $19.5 million for Volunteer and Marine Rescue groups;
    • $8 million to replace ageing volunteer fire stations in regional locations such as Gingin, Margaret River, Northampton and Halls Creek;
    • $800,000 additional funding for the Yarloop bushfire clean-up;
    • $182.3 million, over four years, for the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme to support regional Western Australians when they need to travel for medical treatment;
    • $136 million, over four years, 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;
    • $20.5 million for the Target 120 program for early intervention into young offenders;
    • $21.5 million to continue delivery of the Regional Youth Justice Services in the Pilbara and Kimberley;
    • $570,000 for crisis and transitional accommodation in Collie;
    • $24.8 million for the Regional Natural Resources Management Program; and
    • $8.6 million to progress the Regional Estuaries initiative.   

    The McGowan Government is continuing to invest in regional education and healthcare, with key projects underway or funded in regional WA:

    • $24.8 million to continue the delivery of the Kimberley Schools Program;
    • $26.6 million to upgrade Carnarvon Community College;
    • $17.9 million allocated towards the new South Regional TAFE Campus in Esperance;
    • $17.2 million in upgrades to John Willcock College;
    • $2.5 million to replace transportable classrooms at Flinders Park Primary School;
    • $4.7 million towards enhancing educational outcomes in the Pilbara;
    • Upgrades to Margaret River Senior High School ($30 million), Cape Naturaliste College ($30.1 million) and Bunbury Senior High School ($5 million);
    • $3.7 million to support educational programs at Muresk Institute of Agriculture;
    • $3 million for South Bunbury Primary School upgrades;
    • $1.5 million for the construction of new early childhood facilities at Glen Huon Primary School in Eaton;
    • Planning will start for an early learning building at Eaton Primary School ($3 million);
    • Eaton Community College, new science facilities ($5 million);
    • Newton Moore Senior High School, new STEM centre ($3 million);
    • Broome Senior High School, upgrades and expansion ($19.3 million);
    • Mount Lockyer Primary School, upgrades ($3 million);
    • $9 million in funding towards the Step Up/Step Down mental health facility in Kalgoorlie, with construction due to start this year; 
    • $5 million in funding for the Peel Youth Medical Service Hub;
    • $49.4 million to complete work on the Karratha Health Campus;
    • $46.4 million to redevelop the Newman Health Service;
    • $5 million towards Tom Price Hospital;
    • $14.8 million towards the Step Up/Step Down mental health facility in Karratha;
    • $12.8 million to continue the Northwest Drug and Alcohol Support Program; and
    • $13.4 million to complete and operate the sub-acute mental health facility in Bunbury. 

    The McGowan Government is getting on with delivering job-creating initiatives across the regions - projects funded or already underway include:

    • $112 million in funding towards the Port Hedland marina and waterfront development;
    • $30 million for the upgrade of South Coast Highway;
    • $35 million for the Albany Ring Road project;
    • $6.5 million to upgrade the Geraldton Airport runway;
    • $35 million to upgrade roads related to the Square Kilometre Array project;
    • $4.1 million for the Esperance indoor sports stadium;
    • $1.6 million to develop a new Norseman Cultural, Visitor and Community Precinct;
    • $19.5 million investment in the Albany Wave Energy Project;
    • $49.3 million allocated to the Transform Peel project;
    • $10 million allocated to the Mandurah Eastern foreshore redevelopment;
    • $16.1 million to start work on the multi-storey car park at Mandurah Station, subject to the confirmation of a matching funding contribution from the Commonwealth Government;
    • $19.8 million towards the Pilbara Aboriginal Town Based Reserves project;
    • $50 million for the construction of the next stage of the Karratha to Tom Price Road;
    • $54.5 million towards the upgrade of the Marble Bar Road through Coongan Gorge;
    • $16 million to continue the Aboriginal Rangers Program over the next four years, to provide jobs looking after State parks and protected areas;
    • $10 million to better protect the Abrolhos Islands and create tourism and job opportunities;
    • $47.5 million towards the Myalup-Wellington Water for Growth project and Southern Forest Irrigation Scheme;
    • $32 million towards the Rail Future Fund to upgrade the Perth-Australind rail service;
    • $10 million to establish rail access to Kemerton Industrial Park;
    • $20 million over five years for the Collie Futures Fund;
    • $15 million towards priority road upgrades in the Collie-Preston region;
    • $10.5 million investment in Kemerton and Shotts industrial parks to create more opportunity for businesses;
    • $34.4 million towards the Transforming Bunbury Waterfront project;
    • $106.3 million contribution towards the Bunbury Outer Ring Road;
    • $14 million towards upgrades to Great Eastern Highway between Anzac Drive and Gatacre Drive in Kalgoorlie-Boulder;
    • $8 million towards upgrading priority sections of the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway;
    • $9.7 million in funding to upgrade boating facilities at Broome's Entrance Point and Town Beach;
    • $7 million to upgrade the Port of Broome to enable the cruise ship industry to grow;
    • Over $228 million towards upgrades of the Great Northern Highway over four years;
    • $33.6 million towards improvements of the Gibb River Road over four years; and
    • $65.7 million to continue work on upgrades to Broome-Cape Leveque Road.  

    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;
    • $39.7 million to boost tourism funding to showcase regional destinations;
    • More support for students - 100 education assistants employed in WA schools in 2018, with 100 more to come in both 2019 and 2020;
    • Additional support provided for students in regional WA with extra Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers at 51 schools in 2018, and 74 schools in 2019;
    • Independent Learning Coordinators located at 10 schools in 2018 to help Year 11 and 12 students studying 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 in 2018;
    • $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; and
    • $6.8 million to for the renal dialysis program. 

    For more 2018-19 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "Only my Government has guaranteed the future of Royalties for Regions by retaining a standalone fund, and strengthening its governance and accountability to deliver benefits to regional WA for years to come.


    "Our focus is to create jobs for people in regional Western Australia and turn our State's finances around.


    "The State Budget strikes the right balance between fixing the mess of the former Liberal National Government, while focusing on the things that matter to people in regional WA - jobs, health, education and community services."


    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "The State Budget includes $4 billion in Royalties for Regions funding and it is focused on projects that will strengthen and diversify regional economies.


    "The McGowan Labor Government is focused on ensuring small businesses are given every opportunity to grow, to boost local economies and create jobs. 


    "We're getting on with delivering our job-creating election commitments, and rolling out new infrastructure to drive diversification across the regions.


    "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