Jobs the pri­or­ity: McGowan

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - Gareth McKnight

The McGowan Gov­ern­ment handed down its 2018 State Bud­get last week, with money com­mit­ted to the de­fence, ed­u­ca­tion and trans­port sec­tors that will di­rectly af­fect res­i­dents in Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana.

With the State in a per­ilous fi­nan­cial po­si­tion, Premier Mark McGowan re­it­er­ated his in­ten­tion to fol­low a care­ful ap­proach in im­prov­ing the state of the books while also fo­cus­ing on job cre­ation.

“Un­em­ploy­ment is a big is­sue in Rock­ing­ham, and our fo­cus on jobcre­at­ing ini­tia­tives will cre­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cals,” he told the Tele­graph. “Our pri­or­ity is to con­tinue to cre­ate jobs and de­liver elec­tion com­mit­ments.

“Com­mit­ments for Rock­ing­ham are be­ing ful­filled through the de­liv­ery of our Lo­cal Projects Lo­cal Jobs ini­tia­tives.

“We will con­tinue to de­liver pro­grams and ini­tia­tives in ed­u­ca­tion, health and Metronet to ben­e­fit peo­ple who live in Rock­ing­ham and neigh­bour­ing sub­urbs, as well as those who travel to and from these sub­urbs.” De­fence Is­sues Min­is­ter Paul Pa­palia hailed $4.9 mil­lion of fund­ing for the de­fence in­dus­try, which is cen­tred around the Aus­tralian Ma­rine Com­plex in Hen­der­son.

This money will be used to ful­fil op­er­a­tion costs for De­fence West, the State’s spe­cialised de­fence of­fice, and to es­tab­lish an ad­vi­sory panel.

“Fund­ing in the State Bud­get will al­low De­fence West to be­gin the im­por­tant task of se­cur­ing more de­fence work for West­ern Aus­tralia,” Mr Pa­palia said.

“WA in­dus­try has the knowl­edge, skills, and ca­pac­ity to de­liver the ca­pa­bil­ity re­quire­ments of de­fence.”

Mr Pa­palia said his Warn­bro elec­torate would also ben­e­fit from a new train sta­tion in Kar­nup, with fund­ing com­mit­ted to the on­go­ing plan­ning of the fa­cil­ity ahead of its pro­jected 2022 open­ing.

Bal­divis will ben­e­fit from $64.3 mil­lion of fund­ing for two new schools. South Bal­divis Sec­ondary School has been granted $48 mil­lion and is set to open in 2019, with $16.3 mil­lion for Bal­divis North Pri­mary School, which is sched­uled to open in 2020.

Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby said the school fund­ing and the widen­ing of the Kwinana Free­way north­bound, at the cost of $49 mil­lion, would ben­e­fit his elec­torate.

Kwinana Power Sta­tion has been al­lo­cated $32.5 mil­lion for com­pli­ance, civil and re­me­dial work.

Kwinana MLA Roger Cook said the Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to cre­at­ing jobs, in com­bi­na­tion with the long-term plans for an outer har­bour in Cock­burn Sound, was pos­i­tive for his elec­torate.

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