The State Government has shown commitment to delivering its plan for the South-West region, with funding in the State Budget to help create jobs and support the economy, while delivering on community infrastructure and services.
The 2019-20 State Budget includes $4.2 billion in Royalties for Regions funding across regional WA and more than $5.6 billion will be invested in regional infrastructure over the next four years.
WA's first budget surplus in five years was delivered two years ahead of schedule and allowed the government to deliver the lowest increase to household fees and charges in 13 years.
Premier Mark McGowan said the government was continuing its strong investment in the South-West to create jobs and provide local families with the services they need.
"The budget includes significant funding for the South-West, that will see a redevelopment of the Bunbury Hospital, and $42.5 million in additional funding for the Methamphetamine Action Plan," he said.
"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 South-West to support job creation, grow the local economy and support families in the region."
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the government was committed to driving economic diversification and local job opportunities in the regions, and the budget helps to deliver the important projects and services the South-West region needs.
"Upgrades at the Port of Bunbury will help to drive increased exports and meet future trade demand, supporting jobs growth right across the region," she said.
"Funding for the Collie Adventure Trails initiative, DFES multipurpose facility in Collie and the Collie Futures Fund will help us to smooth the transition for the town and drive the best outcomes for the local community."
The Budget includes funding for important, job-creating infrastructure and programs in the South-West, including:
The McGowan Government is committed to delivering community services to people across regional WA, including in the South-West region. The Budget includes:
The McGowan Government is delivering its plans for Bunbury and Collie and progressing its election commitments. Initiatives that are already underway in the South-West include:
Mr McGowan will be in Bunbury tomorrow to provide a State Budget Briefing looking at the implications of the budget for Bunbury, Collie and the South-West.
For more 2019-20 State Budget information visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
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