Securing our Economic Future -
State Budget 2015-16:
Royalties for Regions continues investment to build economy
The State Government today announced it will invest $4 billion over the next four years to build the economic strength and social fabric of our regions through Royalties for Regions initiatives in health, community services, education, sport and recreation, Aboriginal initiatives, agriculture and tourism.
Royalties for Regions will continue to support major development programs over the budget and forward estimates such as the Statewide Regional Blueprint Initiative, Growing Our South, Pilbara Cities and revitalisation plans for West and East Kimberley, Goldfields – Esperance, Mid West and Gascoyne.
There are also some exciting new projects in the 2015-16 State Budget, including:
- A $150 million regional reform fund which will invest in strategic reform initiatives in regional Western Australia designed to support State Government objectives. The first focus area will be centred on Aboriginal regional reform initiatives.
- $18 million for a new Parks and Wildlife headquarters in Bunbury that will provide regional employment and tourism opportunities.
- Laverton Primary Health and Aged Care facility (Laverton Health Centre) will be built for $19.5 million.
- Social housing will receive an $85.2 million boost to provide dwellings in regional areas for priority waitlist clients. This is part of a $560 million State-wide Social Housing Investment package, with the aim of halving the number of seniors and families with dependent children on the priority waitlist.
- An expanded prescribed burning program will be allocated $20 million.
- Mental health subacute services in Karratha ($14.9 million) and Bunbury ($13 million) have been provided funding to meet forecast demand.
- Carnarvon Community College has been allocated $17.6 million to amalgamate the primary and secondary public schools.
- A regional tourism marketing campaign will receive $11 million over two years.
For more information please visit our 2015-16 Budget overview page or visit the OurStateBudget website.