Jobs the priority: McGowan
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.