Funding flows for big ticket items
BIG ticket items for Belmont in last week’s 2016-17 State Budget included $104 million for the Forrestfield Airport Link and $156.6 million for the new Perth Stadium at Burswood.
Belmont MLA Glenys Godfrey said up to $2 billion had been allocated to the FAL project.
“Forward works for the FAL are underway, including service relocations and roadworks, with construction to commence in the second half of 2016,” she said.
The forward works include $10 million for upgrade works at Fauntleroy Avenue and Coolgardie Avenue intersections with Great Eastern Highway.
The new Perth Stadium received $336 million with $156.6 million expected to be spent this financial year.
“That is on top of the ongoing investment for the new Perth Stadium in the Burswood peninsula, which is also located within the new boundaries of my electorate,” Mrs Godfrey said.
In the health budget, $9.9 million was allocated over the next four years to upgrade the Bentley Hospital Obstetric Services.
“I was contacted by many constituents concerned about the future of this service, so I have lobbied for its continuance and upgrade,” she said.
“The scope of works for this project, which is fully funded by the State Government, will ensure the hospital remains fit for purpose.”
Ms Godfrey said she had been like a “dog with a bone”, determined to make sure Belmont wasn’t ignored by the State Government.
“We still have a long way to go, but we are steadily making Belmont an even better place to live,” she said.
Labor leader Mark McGowan criticised moves to privatise assets to help pay off debt tipped to climb to $40 billion, saying it was like “a tradie selling his tools to pay the mortgage.
“It only makes worse”, he said.
The Government is looking at a $16 billion asset sales program, including the sale of Western Power.
Mr McGowan said the Budget had failed to plan for the future to diversify the State’s economy or create jobs. things