Regional

Premier Mark McGowan unveils plan to keep Albany strong

Posted on January 14, 2021
  • Re-elected McGowan Labor Government’s major package of job-creating initiatives 
  • Plan to create jobs and training opportunities and support vital services like schools and hospitals

Premier Mark McGowan has unveiled the Plan for Albany, a re-elected McGowan Labor Government’s comprehensive package to keep Albany 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 Albany will see that investment continue, through commitments in tourism, schools, TAFE, roads, hospitals and community facilities. 

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 $17 million for South Regional TAFE’s Albany campus for new trade workshops, delivering training in the automotive, engineering and construction industries.

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

  • $3.3 million for tourism infrastructure at The Gap, Torndirrup National Park to meet demand, including a larger car park, new toilets, trails in nearby sites, kiosk for commercial outlet opportunity and creation of an entrance portal;
  • $3.2 million for walking, hiking and mountain bike trails in the Mount Adelaide and Mount Clarence tourism precincts; and
  • $19.8 million across the State to make travel for regional residents more affordable. 

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

  • $7.5 million to upgrade the administration block and build new English and Maths blocks at Albany Senior High School;
  • $1 million for a repurposed STEM classroom at Albany Senior High School;
  • $1.5 million for a new STEM classroom at North Albany Senior High School; and
  • More access to Science for students at Mount Lockyer Primary School.

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

  • Doubling the capacity of the Albany Dental Clinic; 
  • Increased parking at Albany Health Campus to allow better access for patients and visitors;
  • Continued investment in the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS), increasing the accommodation subsidy to $100 per night, and increasing escort eligibility for people from vulnerable and

disadvantaged groups, including women travelling to give birth; and

  • Expanding the Community Paramedic model across the State, including Albany 

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

  • Improving the Drummond Street / Lambert Street intersection in Lockyer, constructing a pedestrian crossing to improve safety. This includes relocation of parking bays at Parklands Primary School, install kerbing, signs, pedestrian path and ramps; 
  • Installing embayed parking bays on Barnesby Drive in Yakamia, and improve safety around the Yakamia Primary School;
  • Formalising intersection boundaries at Baxter Road/Windsor Road, Wellstead, with kerbing, street lighting, and defined entry and exit to service station;
  • An additional $14.8 million across the State towards the $251.8 million Regional Roads Upgrades program;
  • A further $52 million investment into our now $507 million Regional Road Safety Program; 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 undertake a $1.6 million renovation of the Albany Surf Lifesaving Club.

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

Major projects underway include the $175 million Albany Ring Road, $30 million South Coast Highway Upgrades, $17 million South regional TAFE trade workshop, $16.6 million rebuild of Mount Lockyer Primary School, $13.1 million for radiation oncology in Albany, $6.3 million performing arts centre at Albany Senior High School, $12.78 million Great Southern Adventure Trails, and the $400,000 Albany Waterfront Marina upgrades.

The Plan for Albany includes countless additional commitments to ensure Albany 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 Albany strong. 

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

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

Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate for Albany Rebecca Stephens:

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

“The Plan for Albany is a major investment that will ensure the town continues to have a bright future, with jobs for locals, a strong economy, and quality health and education services.”