Budget key to funding pledges: MP

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Member for Albany Peter Watson has indicated expectations for funding in Albany should be tapered for today’s State Budget.

The Labor Government pledged more than $110 million of funding to Albany projects at the March election, including $65 million to complete the Albany ring road and upgrades to South Coast Highway.

However, Mr Watson said the poor condition of the State’s finances was a hurdle that needed to be overcome.

“Hopefully we can see some funding for projects that will create local jobs,” he said

“Fixing the record debt and deficit left by the previous Liberal-National government won’t be easy and will take some time.

“If the economy improves and there is a solution to our massive GST shortfall then this will flow to a better-looking Budget.”

Other promised investments for the region include $6 million for the Great Southern Motorplex, $6.9 million to finish the Centennial Park redevelopment and $5 million for an artificial reef at Middleton Beach.

City of Albany chief executive Andrew Sharpe said the City was hopeful some of the election promises would show up in the Budget.

“The City of Albany has no expectations for Albany within the coming State Budget other than what was promised at the State Election to be delivered over the Government’s four-year term,” he said

“More than $120 million in funding was committed to projects in Albany and we are grateful for the level of funding support the Government is providing our city.”

Mr Sharpe said the projects set to be funded by the State Government would drive the local economy.

“These commitments are directed towards key projects that will drive increased tourism, further investment and economic growth, and support the lifestyles of our City’s residents,” he said

“We look forward to seeing if any of these commitments are funded within the next financial year.”

The Budget is set to be released at 2.15pm today.

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