Good Times Ahead For WA

Good Times Ahead For WA

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Premier’s New Year Message

Victor P Taffa

Premier Colin Barnett said today the New Year would begin a new period of optimism for Western Australia.

“I’d like to wish everyone a happy New Year drive safely on the roads over the holidays and please look out for each other during the festive season.” Premier Barnett said.

“Spare a thought also for the hard-working volunteers and emergency services personnel across the State who has been dealing with bushfires, floods and cyclones.”

The Premier said 2010 had been a ‘challenging year’ following the global economic downturn in late 2009.

“For both Government and business it has been a year of consolidation and recovery following the global financial crisis.” Premier Barnett said.


“Families have also shared the burden with higher electricity and water prices while I regret that, I also thank them for understanding the reality of the cost of providing these services.”

“The highest of these rises are now behind us and with broader improvements to the State and global economic situation there is good reason to be optimistic and confident about 2011.”

“We are going to see significant investment projects get under way throughout the State which will bring new and expanded job opportunities.”

“For Perth, the coming year will see the beginning of a major transformation of the city with key projects such as the sinking of the Rail Line and the Waterfront Development move into construction.”

“It will also be a year which will see the development of improved sport and arts facilities.”

Premier Barnett said the highlight of 2011 would the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in October.

“CHOGM will see up to 53 Commonwealth leaders in Perth at the same time.” Premier Barnett said.

“This will be the largest international event of its kind ever held in Australia.”

“It will be an opportunity for Perth to be centre stage and is a great chance to show our capital at its very best.” Premier Barnett said.