Kim­ber­ley fares well in WA Bud­get

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley and Jakeb Wad­dell

The Kim­ber­ley has done well un­der the McGowan Govern­ment’s first Bud­get al­lo­ca­tion, as com­mu­nity lead­ers wel­come a string of an­nounce­ments run­ning into hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars.

The big win­ners were ed­u­ca­tion, boaties, sport and tourism.

The Bud­get wind­fall boasts $20 mil­lion for in­fra­struc­ture up­grades at Broome Se­nior High School, in­volv­ing a new build­ing, carpark fa­cil­i­ties and a stu­dent pick-up area, with work to start in 2018.

BSHS prin­ci­pal Saeed Amin wel­comed the an­nounce­ment and said it was a “de­liv­ery of an elec­tion prom­ise” that would make a big change to the school and com­mu­nity.

“This is a fan­tas­tic re­sult, hon­our­ing a com­mit­ment,” he said.

“It’s about pro­vid­ing an im­proved en­vi­ron­ment for 1200 stu­dents for the next five years as we con­tinue to ex­pand.” Mr Amin said in­fra­struc­ture works would be phase one of the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment’s $60 mil­lion mas­ter plan to up­grade the re­main­ing parts of the school.

Premier Mark McGowan also came good on a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar pre-elec­tion pledge to im­prove Broome’s boat­ing fa­cil­i­ties, as part of a fo­cus on boost­ing re­gional tourism.

Fa­cil­i­ties at En­trance Point and Town Beach will be im­proved to the tune of $9.7 mil­lion and $1 mil­lion is al­lo­cated for new mar­itime in­fra­struc­ture.

It is ex­pected the up­grades will in­clude ve­hi­cle and trailer park­ing, con­struc­tion of an ac­cess stair­way and an ex­ten­sion to the flex­mat hard­stand for safer boat launch­ing, pub­lic toi­lets and the re­align­ment of Kavite Road for a more di­rect route to En­trance Point.

Min­is­ter for Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Alan­nah MacTier­nan said the in­vest­ment would give the lo­cal tourism in­dus­try the in­fra­struc­ture it needed to run its busi­nesses ef­fi­ciently. “Boat­ing and fish­ing are a big part of life here,” she said.

“Busi­nesses and recre­ational boaties have been wait­ing a long time for bet­ter, safer boat­ing fa­cil­i­ties.”

Broome Fish­ing Club pres­i­dent Shane Min­shull said the fund­ing could be a “holy grail” for the Broome fish­ing and boat­ing com­mu­nity.

“This could be mas­sive for Broome — we’ve been try­ing to get fund­ing for safe boat­ing and per­haps a marina,” he said.

“There have been prob­lems with cars get­ting bogged, ve­hi­cle main­te­nance and is­sues launch­ing boats off the beach.

“There are a num­ber of peo­ple that don’t come to Broome be­cause there aren’t proper boat launch­ing fa­cil­i­ties like those from Kar­ratha.”

The McGowan Govern­ment’s Statewide meth ac­tion plan in­cludes $200,000 to start plan­ning to­wards es­tab­lish­ing an al­co­hol and other drug res­i­den­tial re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre in the Kim­ber­ley.

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Min­is­ter for Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Alan­nah MacTier­nan spoke about what the Bud­get meant for Broome at a Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try break­fast on Fri­day.

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