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WA State Budget Highlights for Port Hedland

Published: Friday, 10 May 2019 at 4:21:32 PM

This week’s release of the 2019/20 State Budget included funding for projects and initiatives directly impacting Port Hedland.

$85 million in funding has been allocated to the Port Hedland Marina and waterfront development, realising a long awaited community need.

There is also $45 million allocated to the Regional Employer Incentive Scheme, assisting employees with the costs of employing apprentices and trainees.

Mayor Blanco welcomed the McGowan Government’s investments in regional WA, acknowledging the Budget’s focus on long term prosperity.

“I’m pleased the State Government has recognised the importance of investing in regional WA, particularly considering the significant economic contribution regional exports make to the State’s economy.

“The Marina will be an important tourist attraction for the 21st Century, attracting visitors and improving the liveability of Hedland for families and seafarers alike.

“I am optimistic the additional $20.1 million for the North West Drug and Alcohol Support Program will compliment local efforts in combating the harm illicit drug use wreaks on our communities.

“Moving forward in estimates and future budgets, I would like to see a direct financial commitment to upgrading Hedland Senior High School, as well as a state housing improvement strategy for Hedland.”

  • $24 million ongoing state wide funding for the WA Open for Business Program to promote export opportunities for regional businesses
  • $19.9 million for a regional arts and cultural investment program
  • $13.8 million for specialist services, including obstetrics, as part of the Pilbara Health Initiative, enabling patients to be treated closer to home
  • $12 million state wide injection for Tourism WA
  • $8.6 million to support the Karlarra House residential aged care facility in Port Hedland
  • $8.1 million for the Suicide Prevention Strategy
  • $6.5 million for the Aboriginal Community Connectors program to improve community safety
  • $4.8 million for enhanced driver training and education for regional and remote communities
  • $713 000 to maintain regional bus services
  • Introduction of the new Regional Taxi Transition Fund

Please click here to access the full budget papers

For media information:
Laura Hawes
Manager Marketing Communication and Events
(08) 9158 9365 | lhawes@porthedland.wa.gov.au

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