Nothing new in Budget: MP
The $162.7 million allocated to the Great Southern in last week’s State Budget will help build the region and supply infrastructure to support the community, according to Treasurer Christian Porter.
Picture: Treasurer Christian Porter
But despite the Treasurer’s confidence the Budget would benefit Great Southern residents, Albany MP Peter Watson said it was another case of the Liberal-National Government neglecting Albany.
He said the Budget was full of old funding announcements and did not look after the people that needed help the most.
“There is nothing new in there for Albany and the Great Southern,” he said.
“The money for Great Southern projects is just money that was promised at election time that is now being produced.
“If the money is needed up north or in the South West it seems to be coming really quickly but the Liberal-National Government has made a habit of neglecting Albany.”
Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Graham Harvey said he was disappointed with the Government’s commitment to regional infrastructure in the Budget.
“It is all money that has been promised before, I cannot find one dollar of new money for the whole Great Southern,” he said.
“We put the ring road as one of our top prerequisites, not a mention. Further funding for Chester Pass Road and Albany Highway, cannot find it.”
The Budget included $7 million for the Denmark Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Denmark Shire chief executive Dale Stewart said he was not aware of any new initiatives for Denmark or the Great Southern.
The budget also included a $1.2 billion investment in regional WA through the 2011-12 Royalties for Regions program.
Last week, Agriculture and Food Minister and Blackwood-Stirling MP Terry Redman delivered a presentation on the Budget in Albany.
He argued nearly all of the Royalties for Regions announcements were new.
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