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Western Australia Treasurer Colin Barnett

Budget 2010-11: Strong Foundations. Working Together (East Metropolitan)

Victor P Taffa

The 2010-11 State Budget handed down by Premier and Treasurer Colin Barnett today includes $502 Million for expenditure on assets in the East Metropolitan region.

The Premier and Treasurer said the $286 Million surplus announced in today’s Budget reflected the Liberal-National Government’s disciplined economic stewardship during the recent global downturn and created a strong foundation for future growth and improved service delivery.

“Today’s $286 Million surplus will ensure the State Government can focus on ensuring services are delivered efficiently, effectively and fairly across the State.” Premier Barnett said.

“This is a great result for all West Australians and I would like to specifically welcome today’s announcement of major projects and improved service delivery for the East Metropolitan region.”

The 2010-11 Budget funds planning on the $360 Million new Midland Health Campus with construction to start 2012.  Construction will also continue on the $3.2 Million redevelopment of Kalamunda Hospital surgical theatres.

The Bullsbrook District High School planning and assessment has commenced on the $20 Million additions and improvements to the secondary component of Bullsbrook District High School.  The project is expected to be completed for 2013.

Funding for land acquisition and pre-construction activities for the $225 Million upgrade of Great Eastern Highway in Belmont and Rivervale is allocated in this Budget.

“This ongoing level of support for important initiatives in the East Metropolitan region highlights the Liberal-National Government’s commitment to ensuring the benefits and opportunities of a strong economy are shared throughout Western Australia.” Premier Barnett said.

The Premier and Treasurer said the 2010-11 Budget also included the biggest-ever injection of additional funding for the State’s health system, significant increases to child protection services, money to strengthen the community sector and support for young people and families.

Specific projects funded in the Budget for the East Metropolitan Region included:

Education

  •  Aveley Primary School – construction will commence on the new $14 Million Primary school in Aveley.  The school will provide relief to Ellenbrook Primary School.  The project is expected to be completed for the 2012 school year;
  • Bullsbrook District High School – documentation has commenced on the $20 Million additions and improvements to the secondary component of Bullsbrook District High School.  The project is expected to be completed for 2013;
  • Byford Senior High School – planning will commence for the $30 Million new Byford Senior High School.  The school is expected to be completed for the 2014 school year;
  • Ellenbrook Secondary College – Stage 2 – construction of the $25 Million Stage 2 at Ellenbrook Secondary College is significantly advanced.  Senior school students living in the catchment area previously had to travel to Hampton Senior High School, Lockridge Senior High School or Governor Stirling Senior High School to complete their Year 11 and Year 12 studies.  The new buildings have been designed to include innovative and state-of-the-art facilities which will be integrated into the Ellenbrook townscape as an educational institution of excellence;
  • Governor Stirling Senior High School – work will continue on the planning and design of the $63 Million redevelopment of the school on its existing site.  Construction is expected to be completed for the commencement of the 2013 school year;
  • Malvern Springs – construction will commence on the new $14 Million primary school for Malvern Springs in Ellenbrook.  The project is expected to be completed for the 2012 school year;
  • Piara Waters (Forrestdale) – work will commence on the new $14 Million primary school for Forrestdale at Piara Waters.  The school is expected to open for the 2012 school year;
  • Roleystone District High School – as a result of the amalgamation of Roleystone Primary School and Roleystone District High School to create a kindergarten to Year 10 school, work will commence on additions and upgrades to Roleystone District High School to the value of $3.5 Million;
  • Wattle Grove Primary School – work will continue on the delivery of a standard pattern replacement for Wattle Grove Primary School.  The $14.25 Million project is expected to be completed for the 2011 school year.

 Health

  • Planning will continue on the $360 Million new Midland Health Campus – construction to start 2012;
  • Work will continue on the $3.2 Million redevelopment of Kalamunda Hospital surgical theatres;
  • Work will continue on $482,000 to re-open Kalamunda’s maternity service.

Housing

  • Completion of a project at Wharf Street, Queens Park comprising six units at a cost of $700,000;
  • 108 units at Lime Street, East Perth for St Bartholomew’s House.  The construction is expected to cost an estimated $20.8 Million;
  • The completion of 22 one, two and three- bedroom units on a site located in the old Midland Workshops area.  The Midland Redevelopment Authority has provided the site for social housing at a cost to the authority of $775,000.  The construction is expected to cost an estimated $4.7 Million.

Police

  •  Multi Agency Counter Terrorism Capability and Capacity Training Facility located in Orange Grove at a capital cost of $6.8 Million ($4.1 Million in 2010-11), is expected to be completed in September 2010
  • Perth Metropolitan Radio Network (PMRN Expansion ($8.7 Million).

The PMRN expansion extends the existing radio and mobile data communications north to Lancelin, east to Northam and south to Dunsborough.  It also provides for the State-wide implementation of mobile data by public carrier. This will result in improving:

  •  Police response times within the PMRN expansion area through the capability to dispatch tasks to the officers best placed to respond rapidly to emergency calls;
  • Information available through direct access to central databases;
  • Officer security through vehicle location tracking and encrypted voice communications.

Transport

  • Funding for land acquisition and pre-construction activities for the $225 Million  upgrade of Great Eastern Highway in Belmont and Rivervale;
  • Funding for the $47.7 Million  interchange at intersection of Reid Highway and Alexander Drive;
  • Funding for the $112.6 Million interchange on Roe Highway at Great Eastern Highway in Midvale.

Water

  • Expenditure – approximately $55 Million;
  • The bulk of the expenditure in this area ($35.3 Million in 2010-11) is for the start of construction of the new Mundaring Water Treatment Plant at a cost of more than $315 Million.  Mundaring Weir provides water through the Goldfields Pipeline to Kalgoorlie-Boulder and towns and communities along the way.

The Water Corporation will spend more than $3.4 Billion over the forward estimates period on essential projects across the State, recognising the ongoing need for major water and wastewater infrastructure developments. These projects are essential as WA continues to grow strongly.

In 2010-11, the Water Corporation will spend $1 Billion on capital works projects across WA, with about $339 Million allocated to dozens of smaller projects across regional WA.

 FESA

  •  Continued availability of a Type 1 helicopter for bushfire suppression in, and around the Perth metropolitan area and the Darling Scarp at a gross cost of $2.8 Million in 2010-11 ($11.9 Million over the forward estimates period).

FESA’s Budget for 2010-11 is $271.4 Million which represents an increase of $38.4 Million from last year’s Budget.

Planning

  •  The need to safeguard natural assets, assemble land for industry and to acquire land required for highways, railways, ports and other infrastructure.  Over $50 Million has been allocated to the Western Australian Planning Commission for the purchase of reserved land for the future of the State.
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