Wilson welcomes budgetary reforms
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.