Bud­get break­down

ROADS, SCHOOL GIVEN FUND­ING

Melville Times - - Front Page - Josh Zim­mer­man

DE­SPITE vo­cally la­ment­ing the sorry state of WA’s fi­nances for months in the lead up to his first bud­get, Trea­surer Ben Wy­att has still found room in the books for many of La­bor’s elec­tion prom­ises to the south­ern suburbs.

Within the City of Melville, the pre­vi­ously an­nounced Mur­doch Drive Con­nec­tion has been funded and close to $10 mil­lion will be spent in 2017-18 to es­tab­lish the state’s first al­co­hol and drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion prison at Wan­doo, which the State Gov­ern­ment hopes will help to re­duce re­of­fend­ing rates.

Melville Se­nior High School is in line for a $4.5 mil­lion cash in­jec­tions to up­grade its per­form­ing arts cen­tre.

On the com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties front, the State Gov­ern­ment has de­liv­ered on its prom­ise to hand $1.8 mil­lion to the Fre­man­tle Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion for up­grades to Gib­son Park.

The money is in­cluded in the bud­get for 2017-18 and will be used to ex­tend the main pavil­ion, en­close the show courts and pro­vide more seat­ing for spec­ta­tors.

The Lo­cal Projects, Lo­cal Jobs pro­gram will spread just over $110,000 to a num­ber of grass­roots clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions, head­lined by $55,000 for IT up­grades at Melville Cares and $25,000 to the Stock Road Se­niors Cit­i­zens Cen­tre for new equip­ment.

Just un­der $1 mil­lion will also go to­wards restora­tion projects by vol­un­teer groups for the Swan and Can­ning Rivers.

Am­bi­tious in­fra­struc­ture project Metronet was the cen­tre­piece of La­bor’s elec­tion cam­paign and the State Gov­ern­ment has not backed down on its com­mit­ment, set­ting aside $423 mil­lion to ex­tend the Thorn­lie line to Cock­burn.

The project in­cludes the con­struc­tion of two new sta­tions at Ni­chol­son Road and Ran­ford Road, in­clud­ing park and ride fa­cil­i­ties and bus in­ter­changes, with the heavy spend­ing be­gin­ning from 2018-19 and con­tin­u­ing all the way through un­til 2022.

Commuters through Perth’s south-east can look for­ward to some re­lief with $70 mil­lion set aside to be­gin work on re­mov­ing the rail level cross­ing at Denny Av­enue in Kelm­scott, a no­to­ri­ous hot spot for con­ges­tion, by the end of 2020.

Match­ing a Lib­eral Party com­mit­ment, La­bor promised a new south­bound on-ramp to the Kwinana Free­way at Man­ning Road and that pledge ap­pears to have been hon­oured, with $35 mil­lion set aside for the project be­tween now and 2020.

It is con­tin­gent on se­cur­ing ma­jor­ity fund­ing from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment how­ever.

Bring­ing its plan for freight into sharper fo­cus, the State Gov­ern­ment has also al­lo­cated $19.4 mil­lion over the for­ward es­ti­mates to in­crease the value of the Fre­man­tle Con­tainer Rail Ser­vice Sub­sidy to $50 per con­tainer from the start of the next year.

It will also spend $6 mil­lion to progress plan­ning for an outer har­bour at Kwinana.

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