Region to receive only moderate funding

11-07-2018 by admin

THEState Government presented a budget for WA and has continued moderate spending in the Goldfields-Esperance region despite state pressures.State-wide investment totalling $3.78 billion across the forward estimates will benefit the Goldfields-Esperanceregion in the following categories:Health – including Patient Assisted Travel Scheme and Telehealth; Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture – WA Open for Business and WA’s Biosecurity Defence, Asian Market;Culture and the Arts – including Regional Film Fund and Creative Regions program;Aboriginal Development Initiatives – including Ear Health program;Tourism – including Road Coach Replacement, and Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant program;Community Support Services – including the Regional Grants Scheme;Education – including Boarding Away from Home Allowance;Rangelands Reform – proposed amendments to the Land Administration Act 1997;Telecommunication – 10 new mobile phone towers will be built in the Esperance region in the next two years;Disabilities – extra funding tosupport the extension and expansion of the National Disability InsuranceScheme (NDIS) plus an extra $50millionover the next four years to meet demand for existing serviceswhere NDIS trail sites are not operating.
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Notably in the budget is the $14.9mboost to the State’s fight against methamphetamine. The $9.8mcommitted in the 2016-17 State Budget for rehabilitation and withdrawal beds is a direct result of campaigns such asthe one conducted in Esperance by Deleine Congreve. An extra 60 beds have been committed across the State and I have already discussed withthe Minister for Mental Health where theywould be best placed in our region. The reference to the provision of low-medical withdrawalbeds is encouraging and provision of such will remove the need to send detox patients to Norseman from Kalgoorlieand Esperance.

I will continue to press the Government through the Regional Investment Blueprints $642m over the next four yearsto achieve funding for a replace of the Esperance jetty, an all-weather air-strip at Eucla and a completed dog fencearound the Southern Pastoral Rangelands.

In the ensuing weeks, through budget estimates, I will be detailing from the various departments what we get forthe region.A State and Federal budget presentation will be on May20 from 7-8am at Dome Esperance on Andrew Street,RSVP to 9071 4846.

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