Bunbury State Budget inclusions

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt has handed down his first budget.
Camera IconWA Treasurer Ben Wyatt has handed down his first budget. Credit: Graphic / South Western Times

The Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront Project features in the State Government’s multi-million dollar cash boost to tourism at the centre of WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt’s first Budget.

The long-awaited project will get $34.4 million under the State Budget, which Mr Wyatt has described as having a focus on delivering election commitments and getting WA’s finances back on track.

The Bunbury Port will get some attention with $500,000 put aside for planning to start on the “crucial” development of its infrastructure.

The budget has answered the calls of the Bunbury Wellington Economic Alliance with $12.5 million for the Bunbury Outer Ring Road.

An investment of $11.2 million for a step up, step down mental health facility in Bunbury, $3 million to upgrade the Halifax Business Park and $11 million split between Bunbury and Newton Moore senior high schools and South Bunbury Primary School for upgrades are the other big ticket items.

While Premier Mark McGowan has described the budget as having a big investment in Bunbury with a focus on creating jobs and opportunities, any plans for a Department of Parks and Wildlife headquarters in the city are nowhere to be seen.

“Our Plan for Bunbury is well under way,” Mr McGowan said.

“The McGowan Labor Government is getting on with the job of delivering our election commitments to the people of Bunbury and the South West.

“We will continue to ensure the State Government provides ongoing support to enable Bunbury to continue to grow into the future.”

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan praised the inclusion of the waterfront project.

“The Bunbury Waterfront project will create a major coastal destination for locals and visitors alike, and will create plenty of jobs in the process,” Ms MacTiernan said.

“Upgrading the Halifax Business Park will provide serviced industrial land to create more opportunities for local investment.”

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