Budget boost for education and police
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.”