Gov­ern­ment must de­liver

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

In the past four years in Op­po­si­tion, WA La­bor has made a big deal of the Lib­eral/Na­tional gov­ern­ment’s bro­ken prom­ises.

Mark McGowan at­tacked for­mer pre­mier Colin Bar­nett re­lent­lessly on poli­cies which never came to fruition.

With that in mind, there are sev­eral Pil­bara prom­ises to which every res­i­dent should hold the La­bor Gov­ern­ment ac­count­able.

Re­gional Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan was wheeled out to an­nounce La­bor’s plan to seal the Kar­ratha to Tom Price road dur­ing Kevin Michel’s elec­tion cam­paign.

Mrs MacTier­nan said $50 mil­lion would be put for­ward to seal the next sec­tion of the road.

With up to 700 lo­cal jobs at the pro­posed Balla Balla mine re­ly­ing on the road be­ing sealed in a timely man­ner, La­bor will have to get a wriggle on or risk a Pil­bara PR night­mare come the next elec­tion.

Mr McGowan was orig­i­nally quiet on the idea of sup­port­ing Mr Bar­nett’s pitch to World Her­itage­list Bur­rup Penin­sula’s Na­tional Park, but even­tu­ally promised to progress the is­sue. Clos­ing loop­holes in Gov­ern­ment ten­ders has been newly minted Pil­bara mem­ber Mr Michel’s big­gest bug­bear in the past few months of cam­paign­ing.

He has been crit­i­cal of the work­force make-up of the State Gov­ern­ment’s Kar­ratha Health Cam­pus and lo­cal gov­ern­ment’s Red Earth Arts Precinct con­struc­tion pro­jects, claim­ing lo­cal con­trac­tors have not been given a look in.

This is a claim de­nied by the project man­agers of both de­vel­op­ments, but La­bor has made a big deal of boost­ing jobs for lo­cals.

The party has pushed a plan for an in­quiry into re­gional air­fares to re­duce the cost of fly­ing to and from Perth.

Fi­nally, re­gional WA has given the La­bor party a vote of con­fi­dence, but that could evap­o­rate if Roy­al­ties for Re­gions fund­ing dries up.

In the fi­nal days of the cam­paign, it was re­vealed $631 mil­lion from the pro­gram had been ear­marked as a source of cap­i­tal fund­ing un­der La­bor’s fi­nan­cial man­age­ment plan.

An as­sault on the flag­ship re­gional pol­icy could be all that is needed for the Na­tion­als to bounce back at the next elec­tion.

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