Royalties’ Dispute Funds Goes Towards Maternity Hospital And Pilbara School

Royalties’ Dispute Funds Goes Towards Maternity Hospital And Pilbara School

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan

$250 Million Secured For Western Australia

Victor P Taffa

  • State Government reaches $250 Million settlement with BHP over royalties’ dispute
  • Dispute now resolved, with positive outcome negotiated on behalf of Western Australian taxpayers
  • McGowan Government directs funds towards the construction of a new women’s and maternity hospital and a Pilbara school and hospital package

McGowan Government has negotiated a successful outcome for Western Australian taxpayers in the dispute with BHP over royalty deductions.

“This settlement resolves the dispute with BHP, and I’m pleased we’ve been able to negotiate a very positive outcome for Western Australian taxpayers, with $250 Million directed towards worthy projects.” Premier Mark McGowan said.

“Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel has advocated strongly for upgrades to Hedland SHS and Newman Hospital, and our successful negotiations will allow us to get on with these projects.”

Following an audit by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), the State Government has been engaged in negotiations with BHP in good faith, to resolve the dispute in the best interests of the State of Western Australia.

$250 Million settlement with BHP and its joint venture partners is the end of this dispute, and prevents taxpayers being exposed to lengthy and expensive legal proceedings.

McGowan Government will allocate $230 Million towards the construction of a new women’s and maternity hospital at the QEII site, replacing King Edward Memorial Hospital. This follows the $3.3 Million included in the Budget to begin planning for the new hospital.

$15 Million will go towards much-needed upgrades and repairs at Hedland Senior High School, including upgrades to Hardie House, classrooms and specialist rooms, and covered recreational areas.

A further $5 Million will be directed to Newman Hospital for additional upgrades, including extra inpatient beds and an expanded procedure room. This is on top of the $48.7 Million already allocated for the new Newman Hospital.