Fund­ing flows for big ticket items

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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

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