The WA Government’s WA State Budget includes a significant investment in the Wheatbelt, with a focus on creating jobs, and education, health and community services.
The Government is delivering projects that will assist in diversifying the economy and creating jobs in the Wheatbelt including:
- $27.9 million in tourism funding to showcase regional destinations;
- A $40 million investment in regional telecommunications to improve access to services;
- $30 million to rebuild Western Australia’s core agricultural and grain research and development capability;
- $4.5 million dedicated for regional new and emerging businesses as part of the New Industries Fund; and
- $20 million over five years to establish the Aboriginal Rangers Program, to provide jobs looking after State parks and protected areas.
The 2017-18 State Budget delivers $224 million in funding for important capital works in the Wheatbelt.
The Government is ensuring that Western Australians have access to quality healthcare, no matter where they live.
Funding in the Budget will enable the delivery of election commitments in putting patients first, including:
- $1.9 million to fund meet and greet services for people from remote communities travelling for treatment; and
- $1.6 million to expand the Find Cancer Early program into more regional areas.
The State’s first Medihotel is underway, which will ensure hospital stays are more comfortable for people travelling to Perth from the Wheatbelt for medical treatment.
The Government is committed to delivering the highest standard of education to children in the Wheatbelt. The State Budget includes:
- An additional 50 Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers in regional WA;
- The appointment of 10 Independent Learning Coordinator roles in regional schools to assist students undertaking courses through the School of Isolated and Distance Education;
- Funding to roll out the Science in Schools program in regional primary schools; and
- Funding to put education assistants back into classrooms and provide more support for teachers.
The Government is delivering its commitment to create safer country roads. The Budget includes:
- $18.5 million for the Regional Enforcement Unit to increase traffic enforcement on country roads; and
- $10 million for upgrades to AgLime routes.
The State Budget includes $4 billion in Royalties for Regions expenditure across the State, with a focus on creating jobs and projects that really matter to people in regional WA.
This is the first stage in the implementation of the Government’s plan for regional Western Australia. Planning and scoping of additional projects will be announced as part of subsequent budgets.
A budget allocation for additional projects has been provisioned for in the 2017-18 State Budget.
Source: WA Government