$180m in funding defended
The City of Mandurah has welcomed the State Government’s $180 million funding boost for Peel, amid anger from some leaders over the city’s regional status.
In a major shake-up for the Royalties for Regions program, the city emerged as a winner in the September Budget, with significant funding for projects such as the Mandurah Train Station.
During a visit to Mandurah last week, Premier Mark McGowan said he supported the region and was committed to creating jobs and improving health and education services.
“The Government will provide ongoing support to enable the Peel region to continue to grow into the future,” he said.
“In addition to key infrastructure projects, I’m pleased we’re also investing in other initiatives such as destination marketing to diversify our economy. Peel is a destination in its own right and a growing region that will benefit from tourism efforts — attracting visitors and creating jobs.”
After the release of the Budget, regional leaders in the Goldfields and the Mid West voiced their concern over Mandurah’s listing as a regional city.
However, Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone said the City remained of the view it should be classed as a regional area as defined in the Regional Development Commissions Act 1993.
“As the capital of the Peel region, Mandurah plays an important service centre role to the Peel and is surrounded by rural and mining industries,” she said. “As WA’s third-highest onshore minerals-producing region by value (after the Pilbara and Goldfields), the Peel region also provides significant gold, alumina, silver and copper royalties to the State Government. Mandurah is the primary labour force provider to these industries.” Ms Vergone said the City was pleased with the funding allocation, which included projects like the Peel Youth Medical Service Health Hub and the Eastern Foreshore redevelopment.
Mandurah MLA David Templeman echoed Ms Vergone’s comments the city was a key contributor to the Peel region and said the Budget would also deliver arts exposure to the area.
“This State Budget provides funding to support the delivery of the Government’s commitments and will help regional areas including Peel,” he said.
“As an art enthusiast, I’m partic- ularly keen to see the roll-out of more touring art exhibitions, which will be boosted with $8 million in funding over the next six years.
“This is important in ensuring people living outside of the metropolitan region have increased access to culture and the arts.”
Premier Mark McGowan with Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke and Pinjarra residents.