08 Sept 2017

State Budget delivers for Swan Hills

Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw has welcomed the McGowan Labor Government’s first State Budget, stating that it includes a strong investment in Swan Hills and focuses on creating jobs, delivering METRONET and investing in essential services like health and education.

The budget includes the implementation of important election commitments, including the McGowan Government’s Plan for Jobs and METRONET. It includes:
• $49 million for the Lord Street duplication project, incorporating earthworks for the
Ellenbrook rail line and preliminary works at the train station site;
• $20 million for detailed planning for the Morley-Ellenbrook rail link;
• East-West bus links between Ellenbrook, Midland and the Joondalup train line; and
• $28.2 million to plan for the relocation of Midland Station and extend the line to
• Funding to complete the Forrestfield- Airport Link with new stations at Belmont,
Airport Central and Forrestfield;

The budget also includes $1.4 million for the Swan Valley Development Package, providing a major boost to tourism and jobs in the area. The McGowan Labor Government is committed to delivering the highest standard of education to children in Swan Hills and has provided $1.75 million for a Child and Parent Centre at Arbor Grove Primary School.

There will be a strong investment in local roads and important community infrastructure and facilities in and around Swan Hills, including:
• $70 million Reid Highway dual carriageway between Altone Road and West Swan Road;
• $11 million for the development of an 80 million litre water storage tank to safeguard Ellenbrook’s continued growth; and
• Ongoing funding for the 24/7 police station in Ellenbrook.

The Local Projects, Local Jobs program is delivering funding to grassroots initiatives that will make a big difference to our local community. Committed projects include:
• $167,000 for upgrades to Chidlow Recreation Ground’s lighting;
• $20,000 individual grants for schools across Swan Hills;
• $73,500 for gym equipment, lighting and the refurbishment of Gidgegannup Recreation Grounds;
• $100,000 for upgrades to the skate park at Mount Helena’s Elsie Austin Oval;
• $138,000 for bus shelters throughout the Swan Hills electorate;
• $63,000 for Equestrian WA’s new broadcasting caravan facility;
• $20,000 to complete the Chidlow RSL memorial and improve the Community Hall;
• $80,000 in funding for new equipment for our local volunteer bushfire brigades;
• $30,000 for a new food van for Mundaring Rotary;
• $20,000 for an expansion of the Ellenbrook Men’s Shed; and
• $3,000 for new canoes for the Eastern Hills Scout Group.

This is the first stage in the implementation of the McGowan Labor Government’s plans for Western Australia. Planning and scoping of additional projects will be announced as part of subsequent budgets.

For more 2017-18 State Budget information, visit www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au.

Comments from Member for Swan Hills, Jessica Shaw MLA
“I’m excited about the delivery of these commitments into Swan Hills.

“We’ve already started many of our local METRONET projects, including the 335 and 356 Bus Routes, connecting Ellenbrook and Midland to the Joondalup rail line.

“The planning for the Morley-Ellenbrook train line will continue the foundation works we announced back in April, associated with the Lord Street duplication project. The earthworks are underway and we’re also preparing the station site with the relocation of the Ellenbrook telecommunications tower.
“The detailed planning announced today will allow completion of a detailed business case for the whole Morley-Ellenbrook project.
“We’re trying to maximise the value of this significant project. It’s going to unlock the North East corridor and needs to be planned and designed carefully. The McGowan Labor Government is responsible; we won’t put un-costed projects in the budget like the Barnett Liberals, which led to huge blow outs on the final build costs.
“I’m so pleased that the “Local Projects, Local Jobs” commitments to our towns and community groups have been met in the budget. Our local schools, sporting and community groups deserve support – I’m looking forward to seeing these promises being delivered.”