Bunbury MLA Don Punch pleased by State Budget result for region

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
Don Punch
Camera IconDon Punch Credit: South Western Times

Money being set aside for the ongoing redevelopment of Bunbury Hospital and to upgrade the capacity of Bunbury Port in the State Budget have excited Bunbury MLA Don Punch.

The hospital has been allocated $11 million while nearly $9 million will go towards upgrading Berth 8 at Bunbury Port.

Mr Punch had previously made commitments to deliver on the projects but it is the first time they have been included in the Budget.

“I welcome the $11 million to begin the work necessary to redevelop our hospital as I am well aware this is a growing concern for our community,” he said.

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“The $8.9 million to expand the capacity of Berth 8 at the Bunbury Port is reflective of our commitment to supporting industry and job creation in our region.

“Some of the smaller funded projects like the toilet at Des Ugle Park and the enhanced driver training and education program pilot are the types of projects that will truly make a difference in the day-to-day lives of our residents.”

The park will be upgraded as part of Withers Urban Renewal project, which had $671,000 of funding allocated to it, while $682,000 was included in the Budget for the driver education program.

Previously announced funding for the Bussell Highway and Bunbury needle-syringe exchange program were also confirmed.

Mr Punch also said a number of other programs and projects funded in the Budget would create jobs in the region.

“This Budget has delivered for Bunbury and the South West, with a focus on creating jobs and better community services,” he said.

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