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Premier Mark McGowan unveils plan to keep the Kimberley strong

Posted on January 12, 2021
  • Re-elected McGowan Labor Government’s major package of job-creating initiatives 
  • Plan to create jobs, training opportunities and support vital services like schools and hospitals
  • Full Plan for Kimberley available at www.markmcgowan.com.au 

Premier Mark McGowan has unveiled the Plan for Kimberley, a re-elected McGowan Labor Government’s comprehensive package to keep the Kimberley strong by creating jobs and training opportunities, supporting the local economy and investing in important services like health and education. 

Over the past four years, the McGowan Labor Government has invested more funding into regional WA, more than any other government in history. The McGowan Government guaranteed the future of Royalties for Regions, as promised, but also significantly increased funding for the regions across all areas of government.

The Plan for Kimberley will see that investment continue, through commitments in tourism, schools, TAFE, roads, hospitals and community facilities. 

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest $35 million for the development of a new Broome Boating Facility, resolving critical safety and access issues for Broome locals and tourists alike.

The McGowan Labor Government has made TAFE a priority. As part of the highly successful Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative, TAFE fees have been slashed by up to 72 per cent, so more people can get quality training.

As part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan, the McGowan Labor Government undertook the biggest TAFE capital works program in history, including $16 million for North Regional TAFE’s Broome and Kununurra campuses, delivering state-of-the-art hospitality and health training facilities in the Kimberley. 

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will continue the strong investment in TAFE and measures that create better career pathways for young Western Australians by:

  • upgrading equipment across the State’s TAFEs giving students access to more industry standard and state of the art equipment, including x-ray technology for Agriculture, 3D printers, drones and more; 
  • supporting students to access school based apprenticeship programs, and prioritising STEM courses that have been evaluated by industry as suitable for school students; and
  • ensuring local flexibility for schools to negotiate the most suitable courses and delivery arrangements with their local TAFE colleges and local industries.

The Plan for Kimberley will continue the McGowan Labor Government’s strong investment in job creating projects to drive tourism, including:

  • $35 million for the development of a new Broome Boating Facility;
  • $4.5 million to provide facilities and upgrade roads to meet visitor demand and environmental management in Yawuru conservation parks;
  • $1.75 million for a new, safer boat docking station for visitors of the Danggu Geike Gorge boat cruise;
  • $850,000 for the development of the first long distance trek in the Kimberley, the Kimberley Wilderness Walk in the Wunaamin Miliwundi Ranges;
  • $400,000 for the preparation of a visitor plan for the Dampier Peninsula and Buccaneer Archipelago; and
  • $19.8 million across the State to make travel for regional residents more affordable.

Addressing crime has been a priority of the McGowan Government, which has invested more than any government in history to address these issues.

Every opportunity is taken to break the cycle of young people offending, and more than $6.2 million has been invested  into the Kimberley Juvenile Justice Strategy. 

The McGowan Government has also funded an additional 1,100 police, the biggest increase to police officer numbers in history, and additional officers will be stationed in the Kimberley.

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will continue its strong investment in quality education in the Kimberley. The Plan for Kimberley includes:

  • $2.5 million for canteen upgrades at Broome Senior High School;
  • $10 million for new classroom blocks and a new Food and Textiles Classroom at Halls Creek District High School;
  • $1.9 million for a brand new STEM Classroom at Broome Senior High School;
  • Science classrooms at Derby District High School, East Kimberley College, Fitzroy Valley District High School, Halls Creek District High School, Cable Beach Primary School, Broome Primary School, La Grange Remote Community School and Wyndham District High School;
  • Investment in science resources for Kimberley School of the Air and the region’s Remote Community Schools; and
  • $1 million further state-wide investment to support the growth of the award winning Better Beginnings program to enhance children’s literacy and education attainment, and support the delivery of the program more equitably to regional communities, particularly remote Aboriginal communities.

The McGowan Labor Government is committed to ensuring Western Australians have access to high quality healthcare, regardless of where they live. The Plan for Kimberley includes:

  • $24.1 million to construct and operate a new Renal Dialysis Centre in Halls Creek;
  • $3 million to fund the Kimberley Women’s Health Program;
  • Continued investment in the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS); and
  • Expansion of the Community Paramedic model across the State, including in the Kimberley.

After delivering a record investment in regional roads in its first term of government, a re-elected McGowan Labor Government will oversee another significant investment into regional roads, including: 

  • Extending the left turning lane on Frederick Street, Broome, modifying the carpark, installing signs, bollards and pavement markings;
  • Modifying and formalising parking for cars and buses at St Joseph’s School, and works to improve drainage, upgrade pedestrian facilities, install signs and pavement markings on St Peters Way in Wyndham;
  • Improving intersection visibility at the intersection of Weaber Plain Road and Mulligans Lagoon Road in Kununurra, widening the intersection, installing signs and improving delineation;
  • An additional $14.8 million across the State towards the $251.8 million Regional Roads Upgrades program;
  • A further $52 million investment into the now $507 million Regional Road Safety Program to invest in repairing, rebuilding and road safety treatments on tens of thousands of kilometres of country roads; and
  • Investing $5 million to increase the number of Truck Rest Stops on our major roads.

To help Western Australians stay active, healthy, and connected with their local community, a re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest:

  • $4 million for upgrades to the covered multiuse courts at Fitzroy Crossing;
  • $6 million contribution to the Kununurra Leisure Centre Redevelopment;
  • $3.5 million for the Halls Creek Town Development, enhancing the urban environment with a splash park, pedestrian crossing points, community parkland spaces, street furniture, local art, trees, and shade structures;
  • $300,000 for new change rooms at Mowanjum Community;
  • $2.35 million for upgrades to basketball courts, multi-sport field and lighting at Warmun Community.

As part of the McGowan Government’s record $28.8 billion pipeline of work, a number of major infrastructure projects are underway in the Kimberley. The WA Buy Local policy will ensure these projects will deliver ongoing jobs for locals over the next few years. 

Major projects funded or underway include the $98.1 million Great Northern Highway Ord River North project, the $36 million Gibb River Road upgrades, the $25.8 million Great Northern Highway – Broome to Derby upgrade, the $20 million Kununurra Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation, the $12 million Battery Energy Storage Systems in Broome and Yungngora, the $10 million North Regional TAFE Broome Hospitality and Student Services Centre and $6 million Kununurra Health and Hospitality Trade Training Centre, the $7 million Broome Health and Wellbeing Campus and the $3 million Wyndham District High School Early Childhood Education Centre.

The Plan for Kimberley includes a number of additional commitments to ensure Kimberley remains strong, long into the future. To read the full plan, visit www.markmcgowan.com.au 

Comments attributed to Premier McGowan:

“A re-elected WA Labor Government will keep the Kimberley strong.

“Creating jobs and training opportunities for Western Australians will always be my number one priority, and the Plan for Kimberley will ensure our major investment into the Kimberley will continue. 

“My government has invested more funding into regional WA than any government in history, and has delivered upgrades to schools, TAFEs, hospitals, roads and tourism.

“Our strong budget management and Plan for Kimberley will ensure the region’s future is stronger than ever.”

Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate for the Kimberley Divina D’Anna:

“Premier Mark McGowan had WA’s back during the COVID-19 pandemic, and kept WA safe and strong. 

“The Plan for Kimberley will deliver critical infrastructure and programs right across the region, ensuring jobs for locals, a strong regional economy, and quality health and education services.”