West Australian Treasurer Ben Wyatt will hand down his third budget this afternoon, and is expected to deliver the state’s first surplus in six years.
In an interview with 6PR on Monday, Mr Wyatt said the McGowan Government would fulfil its election promises by keeping a keen focus on financial management and prioritising infrastructure projects like Metronet.
The McGowan government has also promised to keep everyday household fees low in the face of massive hikes in utility fees.
Upgrades for the state-funded Keystart home loans scheme will increase by $15,000 for singles and $20,000 for couples from July this year.
Key announcements made since the start of the year also include increased infrastructure projects and funding to entice international students to Perth.
StudyPerth will receive an additional $4.5 million to implement the Education Action plan following a decline of 3000 students choosing to study in Perth last year, the only state or territory in the country to report a decline.
In April, the State Government announced a $22 million commitment to the creation and ongoing management of national parks, marine parks and conservation reserves which will see five million hectares of new national and marine parks established over the next five years.
This week, Mr McGowan announced a $42.5 million promise to implement a Methamphetamine Action Plan to provide increased support for individuals and families in crisis and upgrades to facilities – including a ten-bed crisis centre in Midland.
Mr McGowan said in a media statement that the safety of the community was a top priority and initiatives being implemented across WA would reduce the demand, supply and harm associated with meth use.
An additional $1.2 million was also dedicated to tackle elder abuse, providing more resources to the WA Elder Abuse helpline.
An overview of budget announcements that have already been made by the State Government, are as follows:
- $3 million for the Office of Defence West to continue advocating for WA’s defence industry.
- $4.5 million for StudyPerth to increase numbers of international students choosing to study in WA.
- $8 million addition money for shark hazard mitigation in WA.
- $22 million on the creation and management of national parks, marine parks and conservation reserves.
- $15.6 million to open a second a second secure mental health unit at Fremantle Hospital.
- $3.6 million to Recovery colleges.
- $22.7 million upgrades to the Royal Perth Hospital Intensive Care Unit
- $186 million for 344 new beds at Casuarina Prison.
- $30.9 million to improve domestic violence responses in WA.
- $415 million to remove six level crossings on the Armadale line and replace them with grade separated crossings.
- $230 million for a new Freo traffic bridge.
- $30 million for site works in the Easter Perth Power station.
Updates on the state budget will continue following a press conference this afternoon.