Wil­son wel­comes bud­getary re­forms

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Ce­cilia Allen

O’CON­NOR MHR Rick Wil­son has wel­comed the Fed­eral Bud­get, la­belling ed­u­ca­tion and health big-ticket items for the O’Con­nor elec­torate.

Through its Re­gional Growth Fund, the Fed­eral Govern­ment will in­vest $472 mil­lion in re­gional in­fra­struc­ture projects.

The fund­ing will add to the ex­ist­ing pool of money for the Build­ing Better Re­gions Fund but would also cre­ate a new fund for projects up­wards of $10 mil­lion.

“As we move to­wards putting to­gether fund­ing for the Wa­ter for Food project in Man­jimup, this is the sort of fund­ing that would be avail­able for that type of project as it is trans­for­ma­tional for the area,” Mr Wil­son said.

“And it would cre­ate many new jobs and a great deal of new eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity.”

Mr Wil­son said the Fed­eral Govern­ment would spend $24 mil­lion to fund the Ru­ral and Re­gional En­ter­prise Schol­ar­ships, to help stu­dents who want to study sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, math­e­mat­ics and health into higher ed­u­ca­tion.

Mr Wil­son also said fund­ing for schools across WA would go up 4.1 per cent and 6.1 per cent across O’Con­nor.

As part of the Roads to Re­cov­ery Pro­gram the Shire of Man­jimup would re­ceive $1.274 mil­lion in un­tied grants this year, dou­ble what they re­ceived last bud­get.

Man­jimup shire pres­i­dent Paul Omodei said one of the big­gest con­cerns raised by ratepay­ers was the con­di­tion of the roads.

“We’re pleased to re­ceive the money, which will as­sist in up­grades,” Mr Omodei said.

The Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme has also now been fully-funded.

“Un­for­tu­nately we’ve had to raise the Medi­care levy by 0.5 per cent but I think for most fam­i­lies and tax­pay­ers . . . this a small sac­ri­fice to make for dis­abled peo­ple and their fam­i­lies and to en­sure de­cent qual­ity of life,” Mr Wil­son said.

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