Bud­get boost for ed­u­ca­tion and po­lice

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica War­riner

THE State Bud­get has of­fi­cially been handed down, with lo­cal projects at Belmont City Col­lege and the Belmont po­lice sta­tion set to re­ceive fund­ing.

Belmont City Col­lege will get $5 mil­lion of the $7 mil­lion promised for a new per­form­ing arts cen­tre, with $2 mil­lion es­ti­mated to ar­rive in 2019-20 and $3 mil­lion in 2020-21.

Belmont po­lice sta­tion, along with For­rest­field and Can­ning Vale, will re­ceive $300,000 to ex­tend their open­ing hours.

The first stage of the Metham­phetamine Ac­tion Plan is also set to be im­ple­mented to ad­dress WA's meth cri­sis.

$131.7 mil­lion has been com­mit­ted to the plan, in­clud­ing $83.5 mil­lion to es­tab­lish a Meth Bor­der Force, $3.8 mil­lion for the WA Po­lice to tar­get road­side al­co­hol and drug test­ing, and $18 mil­lion for an al­co­hol and other drug res­i­den­tial re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre in the south-west.

“The Meth Bor­der Force will be a spe­cial­ist team led by 100 sworn po­lice of­fi­cers plus ad­di­tional sup­port staff, put to­gether to in­ter­cept the move­ment of meth in and around the state,” Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts said.

“The team will also crack down on ‘meth houses’ in the sub­urbs.”

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