• North Metropolitan Perth suburbs, including Hillarys, to receive major boost in 2021-22 WA State Budget
• $1.9 billion boost to Western Australia’s health and mental health services to deliver more staff, more beds and more services
• Record investment in major transport projects across WA, including $5.7 billion in 15 METRONET projects and $11.7 billion in road projects and upgrades over the next four years
• Delivering a record $875 million investment for more social housing properties, taking our total investment in this budget to $2.1 billion to fund around 3,300 social houses
• Hillarys projects funded, including high levels of expenditure on local schools, traffic safety and community group support
The McGowan Labor Government’s 2021-22 State Budget has been delivered, including funding for a range of projects and initiatives to benefit the North Metropolitan suburbs.
The Budget contains a massive $1.9 billion boost to Western Australia’s health and mental health services to address unprecedented demand in the State's health system.
This includes a targeted $100 million Emergency Department Support Package to improve patient flow and relieve ambulance congestion, and an additional $495 million boost to mental health, alcohol, and other drug services.
The overall funding boost includes opening 332 new beds across WA hospitals - to be supported by around 100 new doctors and 500 new nurses working on our hospital wards.
LOCAL HEALTH FUNDING DELIVERY:
In good news for residents, the Budget contains funding for:
• the $256.7 million expansion of Joondalup Health Campus to deliver more mental health treatment, more emergency department beds and inpatients beds, a new theatre, a catheter lab, specialised clinic, additional parking, and upgrades to a range of services.
• $35.6 million to implement new staffing models, including $4.8 million towards additional staff for patient monitoring in waiting areas at Perth Children’s Hospital
• Funding to establish 10-bed youth-specific Step Up/Step Down community mental health service in the Perth metropolitan area, with 24/7 psychosocial and clinical supports
PROTECTING THE VULNERABLE:
Our Government continues to build strong, safe and fair communities. We are providing a record $875 million investment to deliver more social housing properties throughout WA, representing the single largest one-off funding injection for social housing in the State's history. It takes the total social housing investment over the next four years to more than $2.1 billion to fund around 3,300 social houses.
We are delivering $12 million for the Safety and Security Rebate, allowing WA Seniors Card members to claim up to $400 per household towards the purchase of eligible home security equipment. This reinstates the program that was abolished in 2015 by the then Liberal National Government.
We are also delivering:
• $83.6 million to refurbish and expand police stations. This will help accommodate some of the additional 950 Police Officers being employed by the McGowan Government.
We continue to invest in high-quality infrastructure and facilities at public schools, while also ensuring there is support for students’ wellbeing, including:
• $32.3 million for new classroom blocks and STEM facilities at Duncraig Senior High
• $15 million for the redevelopment of Springfield Primary School in Kallaroo
Planning is also underway for the $18.7 million rebuild of Hillarys Primary School, with
construction to be completed for 2024.
BIG BOOST SCIENCE FUNDING DELIVERY:
The McGowan Labor Government will continue its strong focus on STEM in public schools across WA and deliver on our election commitment to boost science in schools. This includes delivering:
• A classroom converted into a science lab at Craigie Heights Primary School, Hillarys Primary School and Mullaloo Heights Primary School.
• Funding for science equipment grants at Beldon Education Support Centre, Craigie Heights Primary School, Hillarys Primary School, Mullaloo Beach Primary School, Mullaloo Heights Primary School, Padbury Primary School, South Padbury Primary School and West Coast Language Development Centre.
METRONET AND ROADS:
We continue to deliver major METRONET projects, including:
• Allocating $38 million in the forward estimates to deliver a 700-bay multi-storey carpark at Greenwood Station
• $76 million for the Mitchell Freeway widening southbound from Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue
• $16.7 million to deliver priority cycling and pedestrian infrastructure projects, including expanding the Hillarys Cycle Network, the Koondoola-Wanneroo Bike Plan and the Gnangara Shared Path.
SMALL COMMITMENT DELIVERY:
Funding has been delivered in the Budget for a range of local election commitments, including:
• A State Government contribution of $2.9 million towards the highly anticipated Craigie Leisure Centre upgrades.
• The $6.8 million installation and expansion of a floating pen system for boating enthusiasts at Hillarys Boat Harbour
The McGowan Government has committed a massive $9 billion to the COVID-19 response and recovery, which includes $1 billion of additional support in this Budget, to keep WA safe and strong and continue to fund our world-leading pandemic response.
Comments by Caitlin Collins MLA, Member for Hillarys
“The massive $1.9 billion boost to health and mental health services will deliver more beds, more staff and more services for our community.”
“We are seeing a wealth of spending across schools in the Hillarys electorate in the 2021 State Budget – I am really proud to be delivering this record education expenditure for our community.”
“This Budget is also delivering a focus on traffic safety in our area, including works for Marmion Avenue, Hepburn Avenue and the provision of mobile hoon cameras to dissuade dangerous driving.”
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
“Our policy to crush and kill the virus means Western Australians are living in one of the freest and most open societies in the world.
“My Government’s strong COVID-19 response has given WA households and businesses the confidence to go about their normal lives.
“This confidence is what underpins the success of the Western Australian economy - which the 2021-22 State Budget confirms is the strongest of any State and amongst the strongest in the world.
“Despite the one-in-one-hundred-year pandemic, my Government is delivering on our WA Jobs Plan, which focuses on local manufacturing, green jobs, METRONET and diversifying the WA economy.
“There are more Western Australians employed now than ever before, with 107,000 jobs created since my Government came to office.
“Our booming economy and enviable freedoms have also driven up the number of people moving to Western Australia, with the first growth in interstate migration since 2013.
“My Government will use our economic success to set up WA’s future, investing in key services, new industries and jobs to develop more climate-resilient communities."