- McGowan Government will fund key environmental commitments in 2019-20
- $4.44 million for the container deposit scheme
- $649,000 for rock art monitoring at Murujuga
- More than $22 million extra to support the Plan for Our Parks initiative
Western Australia's unique environment will be better protected with key projects funded in the McGowan Government's 2019-20 State Budget.
A total of $1.33 million has been committed to progress planning for the Murujuga Living Knowledge Centre and Tourism Precinct at Conzinc Bay on the Burrup Peninsula.
The funding will enable the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation to complete detailed design and planning work for the interpretive centre, and will ensure it is in a strong position to attract additional funding.
The Budget also includes $649,000 for the implementation of the Murujuga Rock Art Strategy to deliver a scientifically rigorous approach to monitoring, managing and protecting the unique rock art.
The McGowan Government is progressing the bid for a World Heritage listing for the Murujuga rock art, to give the area the international recognition it deserves.
Western Australia's container deposit scheme will commence in 2020, and the State Budget will include $4.44 million to implement the scheme.
The money is earmarked for operational requirements - including media and communication costs, four new FTE staff members and price monitoring by the Economic Regulation Authority.
Over the next 20 years, the State-wide scheme is predicted to reduce littered containers by 706 million, cut the number of containers sent to landfill by 6.6 billion and see an increase in recycled containers of 5.9 billion.
An extra $22 million is being invested for the creation and ongoing management of national parks, marine parks and conservation reserves. This is on top of the more than $100 million already earmarked for visitor services and public programs provided in national parks and other lands and waters for 2019-20.
Under the ambitious Plan for Our Parks initiative, five million hectares of new national and marine parks and reserves will be established over the next five years.
For more 2019-20 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:
"Today's State Budget has delivered on environmental commitments right across Western Australia that will benefit generations to come.
"From rock art monitoring in the north, to the proposed national park at Helena-Aurora Range in the Yilgarn, this Budget balances the protection and enhancement of cultural and environmental values with the creation of jobs for Western Australians.
"The WA public has shown overwhelming support for a container deposit scheme, so it's exciting to see money in the Budget to ensure its rollout in 2020."
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