Bud­get boost for district

Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Gabrielle Jef­fery

BAL­DIVIS MLA Reece Whitby wel­comed last week’s State Bud­get and the in­vest­ments he said would help the area.

Two of the most prom­i­nent mea­sures di­rectly af­fect­ing res­i­dents is $49 mil­lion to add an ex­tra north­bound lane to the Kwinana Free­way, and fund­ing for new sec­ondary and pri­mary schools.

Mr Whitby said there would also be more em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties with sci­ence and ed­u­ca­tion as­sis­tants to be em­ployed this year.

“This is good news for lo­cal fam­i­lies and busi­nesses,” he said.

“The long-awaited ad­di­tion of an ex­tra north­bound lane will bring a mas­sive re­lief to com­muters, re­duce con­ges­tion and cut travel times.

“This in­vest­ment of $49 mil­lion in lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture also cre­ates much-needed jobs.

“Less time in the car means more time at home with fam­ily. It will also help lo­cal small busi­nesses and tradies who will spend more of their time do­ing their job rather than in the car.

“Fam­i­lies with kids will also ben­e­fit from ad­di­tional in­vest­ment in two new schools in Bal­divis.

“We have re­sponded to the ur­gent need for in­vest­ment in jobs, trans­port and ed­u­ca­tion in grow­ing ar­eas like Bal­divis, Wel­lard and Ber­tram.”

Mr Whitby added the 2018-19 State Bud­get fo­cused on re­spon­si­ble fi­nan­cial man­age­ment and was on track to re­turn to sur­plus.

“We have struck a care­ful bal­ance, de­liv­er­ing on our com­mit­ments to low and mid­dle-in­come fam­i­lies while bring­ing the bud­get back on track out of a se­vere down­turn,” he said.

Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby and WA Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts speak­ing to two po­lice of­fi­cers.

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