The McGowan Government is delivering its plan for the Peel region, with funding in the State Budget to create local jobs and support the local economy, while delivering important community infrastructure and services.
The 2019-20 State Budget includes $4.2 billion in Royalties for Regions funding across regional Western Australia.
More than $5.6 billion will be invested in regional infrastructure over the next four years.
WA’s first budget surplus in five years, delivered two years ahead of schedule, has allowed the McGowan Government to deliver the lowest increase to household fees and charges in 13 years.
The Budget includes funding for important, job-creating infrastructure and programs in the Peel region, including:
- $32 million to build the Mandurah Station car park;
- $25 million for the Pinjarra heavy haulage deviation;
- $24.1 million in ongoing State-wide funding for the ‘WA Open for Business’ program to promote export opportunities for regional businesses;
- $131.5 million of additional State-wide expenditure to support agriculture in WA, grow export markets and create long-term jobs including $39.6 million for the Boosting Biosecurity Defences, Asian Market Success and Grains Research and Development support programs (in addition to $45 million for Grains Research and Development in the 2018-19 Budget);
- $182.4 million of State-wide funding for a new Employer Incentive Scheme and training delivery, including $45 million for regional WA. The scheme will help WA employers with the costs of employing apprentices and trainees;
- $12 million State-wide injection to Tourism Western Australia to expand promotion of WA overseas; and
- $19.9 million for the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment program.
The McGowan Government is committed to delivering community services to people across regional WA, including in the Peel region. The Budget includes:
- $42.5 million in additional State-wide funding for the Methamphetamine Action Plan;
- $11.3 million to support and expand sustainable service delivery of PCYCs across the State to reduce juvenile offending and improve community safety;
- $2.3 million package to combat elder abuse, including continued funding for the WA Elder Abuse Helpline;
- $34.6 million for the roll-out of personal issue mobile smart tablets for police officers across the State;
- $15.4 million towards the roll-out of personal issue multi-threat body armour to frontline police officers across the State;
- Investing an additional $713,000 to maintain regional bus services; and
- The introduction of the new Regional Taxi Transition Fund.
The McGowan Government is delivering its plans for the Peel region and progressing its election commitments. Initiatives that are already underway in the region include:
- $32 million towards the Rail Future Fund to upgrade the Perth-Australind rail service;
- $44.7 million to continue to develop the Peel Business Park;
- $4.6 million for upgrades at Peel Health Campus, as well as $4.9 million for the reconfiguration of the emergency department;
- $10 million for the Mandurah eastern foreshore redevelopment;
- $1.2 million for the protection of the Peel-Harvey Estuary;
- $5.8 million to establish and operate a new women’s refuge in the Peel region, as part of the Government’s Stopping Family and Domestic Violence commitment;
- $266,000 towards the 3 Tier Youth Mental Health Program;
- $65 million across regional WA to continue to support Community Resource Centres; and
- $170.5 million across regional WA to continue the Country Age Pension Fuel Card and $5.1 million for the Volunteer Fuel Card.
For more 2019-20 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:
“The McGowan Government is continuing its strong investment in the Peel region, to create jobs and provide local families with the services they need.
“The Budget includes significant funding for the region and $42.5 million in additional funding for the Methamphetamine Action Plan.
“Since coming to Government in 2017, we have worked hard to bring the Budget back under control while delivering important improvements to vital services like health and education across regional WA.
“We will continue to implement our plans for the Peel region to support job creation, grow the local economy and support families in the region.”
As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“Our Government is committed to driving economic diversification and local job opportunities in the regions, and this Budget helps to deliver the important projects and services the Peel region needs.
“We’re getting on with developing the Peel Business Park, a transformative project with the potential to create thousands of jobs for the region.
“This Budget delivers new funding for agriculture, tourism, cultural programs and critical port and road infrastructure, as part of our commitment to driving the best economic outcomes for regional Western Australians.”