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Premier Mark McGowan unveils plan to keep Peel strong

Posted on January 21, 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 Murray-Wellington, Mandurah and Dawesville available at www.markmcgowan.com.au 

Premier Mark McGowan has unveiled the Plan for Peel, a re-elected McGowan Labor Government’s comprehensive package to keep Murray-Wellington, Mandurah and Dawesville 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 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 Murray-Wellington, Mandurah and Dawesville will see that investment continue, through commitments in tourism, schools, roads, TAFE, 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 $14.67 million for the establishment of a hospitality and tourism training centre and a hair and beauty training facility at South Metropolitan TAFE.

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; 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 Murray-Wellington, Mandurah and Dawesville will continue the McGowan Labor Government’s strong investment in job creating projects to drive tourism, including a $2.7 million investment to complete the final 18 kilometres of mountain bike trails within the Dwellingup area. This will see Dwellingup qualify for international Trail Town status, bringing worldwide recognition of our unique trail system that is already attracting riders from around the globe.

A further $2 million will be invested into Peel Regional Trails and $105,000 will be invested in the Harvey Trails and Adventure Precinct.

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will continue its strong investment in quality education in the Peel. The Plan for Murray-Wellington, Mandurah and Dawesville includes a $1.5 million investment in Pinjarra Senior High School, $1.5 million for Halls Head College, and $1.5 million to Coodanup College to deliver new STEM classrooms.

A further $1 million will be invested in repurposed science classrooms at both John Tonkin College campuses, and $500,000 for Harvey Senior High School to repurpose a classroom into a STEM classroom. Primary school students will also benefit from a refurbished science classroom at Waroona District High 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 Murray-Wellington, Mandurah and Dawesville includes:

  • development of a new Peel Women’s Health Program, to connect women with health and support services and information at both the crisis point and early intervention point.
  • Continued investment in the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS), including increasing the accommodation subsidy to $100 per night; and
  • Expanding the Community Paramedic model across the State, including in the Peel. 

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: 

  • The construction of the Munday Avenue extension at a cost of $2.5 million, providing a link between Greenlands Road and Munday Avenue in Pinjarra;
  • Deliver the first stage of left acceleration lanes along Forrest Highway to facilitate safer access to the communities of Binningup, Harvey, Preston Beach and Myalup;
  • Widen and seal shoulders, install animal warning signs, delineation and pavement markings on Corio Road in Ravenswood;
  • Install a roundabout at Bortolo Drive and Lowden Road in Mandurah;
  • 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;
  • An additional $14.8 million across the State towards the $251.8 million Regional Roads Upgrades 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:

  • Invest $750,000 to build a new multi-use Community Centre in Ravenswood, including a clubroom, kitchen, storerooms, meeting room and change rooms with showers and toilets;
  • Invest $3 million to expand the Leschenault Leisure Centre in Australind to include two additional courts, associated spectator seating, storage, administration and an upgrade to amenities; and
  • Invest $610,000 to the Harvey Senior Citizens Centre to build a brand new social area, additional office space and accessible toilets.

As part of the McGowan Government’s record $28.8 billion pipeline of work, a number of major infrastructure projects are underway in the Peel. 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 $152 million redevelopment of Peel Health Campus, $82 million for Lakelands METRONET station, $54.7 million for the Australind Railcar Replacement, $49.3 million for our Transforming Peel initiative including the Peel Business Park in Nambeelup, $33.16 million for the Bushfire Centre of Excellence in Nambeelup, $32.1 million for the Mandurah train station multi-storey carpark, and $27.5 million for the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation Stage 1.

Other projects underway include the construction of a new Madora Bay Primary School in Mandurah at a cost of $25.77 million, $10.4 million for the Pinjarra Senior High School’s new Performing Arts Centre and Sports Hall, $15 million for a new classroom block at Australind Senior High School, $2.5 million for a new classroom at Kingston Primary School, and $7 million for a Schools Maintenance Blitz at Murray-Wellington, Mandurah and Dawesville schools. 

STEM classrooms are being built at Pinjarra Senior High School ($1.5 million), Coodanup College ($1.5 million), Halls Head College ($1.5 million), John Tonkin College ($1 million), and Harvey Senior High School ($500,000).

The Peel Food Technology Facility is being funded for $10 million, Dwellingup Adventure Trails Project for $7.65 million, Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area works at $7.5 million, road and rail crossing upgrades at Cookernup, Coolup and Waroona for $7 million, $3 million for the Leschenault Leisure Centre, $2 million for upgrades to Mandurah Police Station, $1.5 million for Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi Trail renewal, $750,000 for the Ravenswood Community Centre, and $610,000 for the Harvey Senior Citizens Centre.

The Plan for Murray-Wellington, Mandurah and Dawesville includes a number of additional commitments to ensure the Peel 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 Peel region strong. 

“Creating jobs and training opportunities for Western Australians will always be my number one priority, and the Plan for Peel will ensure our major investment into the Peel 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 Peel will ensure the region’s future is stronger than ever.”

Comments attributed to Mandurah MLA David Templeman:

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

“The Plan for Peel will deliver jobs for locals, a strong economy, top-quality health and education, and guarantee a bright future for our community.”

Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke:

“The McGowan Labor Government has invested heavily in the Murray-Wellington area over the past four years and this Plan for Peel will see that investment continue.

“The establishment of STEM classrooms for example at Pinjarra Senior High School, will help prepare our young people for the jobs of the future – it is this kind of forward thinking that the region needs.”

Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate for Dawesville Lisa Munday:

“Speaking to people in the Dawesville area, one thing is clear – people want to see the McGowan Labor Government continue to keep the community safe and strong.

“The Plan for Peel puts the community front and centre and will help create jobs, boost the economy and keep people active and healthy.”