Growing regional WA: Boost for jobs and services in the Great Southern region
Media Statement from Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA and Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC
- State Budget includes a $83.2 million investment in job-creating infrastructure in the Great Southern region
- $9.8 million for upgrades to the Albany Secondary Education Support Centre and North Albany Senior High School
- $500,000 per year from 2019-20 for the continued operation of the Albany Entertainment Centre
- $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 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 Great Southern 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.
In the Great Southern region alone, the McGowan Labor Government will invest $83.2 million in job-creating infrastructure.
Creating jobs and strengthening the State's economy remains the number one priority of the McGowan Labor Government. The Budget includes:
Over $45 million across four years for building Western Australian grains research and development capacity; and
$22.5 million for the Regional Economic Development Grants Scheme to drive economic development in regional Western Australia.
Building on the significant investment in local schools in the 2017-18 State Budget, the 2018-19 Budget includes $9.8 million for upgraded facilities at the co-located Albany Secondary Education Support Centre and North Albany Senior High School to improve classrooms and learning opportunities for students with disability.
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.
The Budget includes funding for important community programs and facilities, including:
- $500,000 per year from 2019-20 for the continued operation of the Albany Entertainment Centre;
- $250,000 to develop a business case for the Albany Artificial Surf Reef;
- $250,000 to plan for the upgrade of Bremer Bay Boat Harbour;
- $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.
Key McGowan Labor Government projects already underway or funded in the Great Southern region include:
- $30 million for the upgrade of South Coast Highway;
- $35 million for the Albany Ring Road project;
- $19.5 million investment in the Albany Wave Energy Project;
- $3.6 million towards preliminary works at the Middleton Beach Activity Centre;
- $3 million upgrade to Mount Lockyer Primary School;
- $5.8 million towards the development of a world-class motorplex;
- $2.5 million to replace transportable classrooms at Flinders Park Primary School;
- $750,000 to continue work on the Albany Oyster Reef Restoration Project; and
- $6.9 million to complete the Centennial Park Sporting and Event Precinct.
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 Great Southern 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 Great Southern region - jobs, health, education and community services.
"We are committed to delivering quality education to all WA students; our $9.8 million investment in much needed upgrades to the Albany Secondary Education Support Centre and North Albany Senior High School will mean students with disability and high support needs in the Great Southern are given the facilities they need."
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 the economic diversity of the Great Southern.
"We recognise the Albany Entertainment Centre as the heart of arts and culture for the region; our $500,000 per year investment will keep the centre operating at the standard, Albany residents have come to know and love.
"We are also getting on with delivering our key election commitments in the region; the Albany wave energy project is progressing, with leading University of Western Australia researchers now based in the Great Southern."