News Date: 08 Aug 2013
Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA
Hon Brendon Grylls MLA
Treasurer Troy Buswell said the Great Southern would benefit from a sustained investment in infrastructure this financial year as well as targeted social programs.
Mr Buswell said the State Budget provided funding for major education and health and road projects.
The education projects include $2million for Denmark High School and $2.6million for new buildings at the Mount Barker campus of the Great Southern Institute of Technology.
In addition, the Denmark College of Agriculture received $700,000 for improvements, while Katanning Senior High School and Spencer Park Primary School each received $500,000.
The Treasurer said the State Budget also allocated $3.8million for community services and a health science block at the Albany campus of the Great Southern Institute of Technology.
The Government has allocated $3.8million for the realignment of Princess Royal Drive in the Albany Port Authority, and $22.7million for the upgrade of Water Corporation infrastructure.
“The Liberal National Government’s commitment to investment in the Great Southern is improving the standard of living in regional Western Australia,” Mr Buswell said.
“This year we are building on our record of investment in key services like health, education and police as the State Government continues to work to improve access to efficient and quality services for all West Australians.”
The Treasurer said the $386million surplus provided in the State Budget reflected the Government’s responsible decision-making to ensure a strong and vibrant economy for future generations of West Australians.
“The Government has made responsible decisions to ensure the continued growth of the Great Southern region and is committed to building stronger, safer regional communities across WA,” he said.
Record investment in regional WA by the Liberal National Government is set to continue with a total of $1.3billion budgeted through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program in 2013-14.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the Government’s Royalties for Regions program had supported more than 2,500 projects across WA since 2008.
“These include transformational programs such as Pilbara Cities; Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project; Mid West Investment Plan; Gascoyne Revitalisation; GROH Housing program; and the Southern Inland Health Initiative,” Mr Grylls said.
“This year’s State Budget builds on these programs and will further transform regional communities with a $300million commitment over five years to help the State’s agricultural sector capitalise on opportunities.
“The Liberal National Government is making a real difference for people in regional WA and helping to create communities which are better places to live, work and invest.”
A new water park and leisure centre has been opened in Craigieburn, complete with an Indoor Aquatic Hall and a Health, Fitness and Wellness Centre.
Sporting participants across the Sunshine Coast will soon be enjoying the very latest in high performance training support as construction of the new Community Sporting Hub begins.
The Section 72 site at the the heart of Dickson will soon be home to a new Common Ground and new public housing with the Canberra State Government set to start working with the community on a new plan for the site.
The Hodgman Liberal Government has revealed that it will bring forward funding that will help immediately commence a planning study and design work to address safety concerns on the East Derwent Highway at Geilston Bay.
U River has announced an $800 million expansion of their Cairn Hill magnetite mine near Coober Pedy, which the company estimates could create up to 1300 jobs.