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State Budget 2013-14: Building stronger communities - $488.2m for South Metropolitan

Posted On August 8, 2013

Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

  • $108.5m for continued construction of the Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • $115.1m for works at Fremantle Port, including $36.7m for works at Kwinana Bulk Terminal
  • $61.4m for installation of freight management and intelligent transport systems on Kwinana Freeway
  • $17.1m towards Stage 1 of Willetton Senior High School redevelopment
  • $16m to start construction of Aubin Grove train station
  • $10.5m towards Stage 2 of Baldivis Secondary College
  • $19m for improvements to Applecross Senior High School
  • $10.5m for new primary school in Hammond Park
  • $6m to start construction of new primary school in Golden Bay
  • $6m for new primary school in Baldivis
  • $3.4m for Leach Highway improvements at High Street
  • $1.6m towards planning, design and preliminary works for the replacement of Fremantle Traffic Bridge
  • $2.6m for Murdoch Drive-South Street interchange
  • $11.5m for the Building and Construction Trade Training Centre at Challenger Institute of Technology Rockingham Campus
  • $7.8m, total capital works expenditure for the Perth Zoo, including $1.6m for the orangutan exhibit  
  • $56.8m for various water supply and wastewater initiatives
  • $10.2m for the Perth Market Authority, including $8.2m towards the cold chain warehouse and generators
  • $5m for holiday and tourism facility works at Rottnest Island

The State Government will build and upgrade schools across the South Metropolitan region as part of more than $488million allocated in the 2013-14 State Budget.

The investment in the South Metropolitan region includes a $120.6million investment in health infrastructure and services and a $70.5million education capital works program.

The State Budget includes funding for new primary schools at Baldivis, Golden Bay and Hammond Park.

It also delivers funding for improvement and redevelopment work at Willetton, Baldivis and Applecross secondary schools.

Treasurer Troy Buswell said the 2013-14 State Budget invested in meeting the growing enrolments at Western Australian public schools.

Mr Buswell said WA public schools continued to grow last financial year, taking in more than 8,100 extra students.

The Treasurer said the $386million surplus provided in the 2013-14 State Budget continued the Liberal National Government’s strong record of economic leadership amid a challenging financial environment.

“This is responsible, sustainable investment to deliver world-class education, health and social services and crucial infrastructure to build and support our growing State,” he said.

“This Budget invests in meeting the needs of our fast-growing State.

“We are proud to be delivering on key frontline services - one in every two dollars goes towards law and order, health and education services.”

Fact File

  • Major State Budget initiatives that will benefit all of WA include:
  • Health
    â—¦Additional $2.2b over the next four years for growth in demand for hospital services
    â—¦$31.8m for the ‘Closing the Gap’ program into improving health outcomes of indigenous people
    â—¦$66m for replacement of medical equipment to ensure patients are receiving the best care possible when they visit a WA hospital
  • Regional Health
    â—¦$161m for the North West Health Initiative, from Royalties for Regions, to improve health and aged care facilities in towns across the North-West
    â—¦$72.3m for the Southern Inland Health Initiative, from Royalties for Regions, including funding for capital works at district hospitals, primary health centres and small hospitals and nursing posts in the southern half of the State
  • Education
    â—¦Liberal National Government will spend an average of $15,621 per student this year, an increase of $513 per student from last year
    â—¦$1.5b to build new schools and improve existing schools
  • Transport and Roads
    â—¦$342m to continue work on the $1b Gateway Project which will deliver a safer, more efficient road network to the Perth Airport precinct, surrounding businesses and residential areas
    â—¦$432m over four years towards building the 22km MAX Light Rail. Construction expected to start 2016
    â—¦$809m over four years to deliver major upgrades to the regional road network with works on the Great Northern, North West Coastal, Great Eastern and Collie Coalfields highways
  • Seniors
    â—¦Nearly $40million in 2013-14 towards the Seniors Cost of Living Rebate
  • Concessions for Utilities
    â—¦$308m over four years for the Cost of Living Assistance (CoLA) payment - designed to help low income West Australian families with their electricity bills
    â—¦From July 1, CoLA increased from $200 to $208 per eligible household
  • Youth
    â—¦$10.3m over three years to upgrade 23 Police and Community Youth Centres
  • Housing
    â—¦First Home Owner Grant will increase to $10,000 for first-time buyers of newly constructed homes to help stimulate additional stock of housing
  • Law and Order
    â—¦$282m over the next four years for recruitment of 550 extra police and auxiliary officers
    â—¦$10.5m over four years to help attract officers into hard-to-fill regional postings
  • Agriculture
    â—¦$300m over five years to allow WA farmers to capitalise on the growing Asian demand for fresh produce. This includes $40m in agriculture science, research and development programs
  • Protecting the Community
    â—¦$12.3m to install Comprehensive Crew Protection Systems in 667 Department of Fire and Emergency Service and local government firefighting vehicles which operate at high-risk bushfires
  • Sport and Recreation
    â—¦$2.5m for KidSport program, enabling more children to play team sports and engage with local communities
  • WA Budget statements are available at http://ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au

Source: ProjectLink.com.au

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