ROADS, health and education are the big ticket items for Perth and western suburbs residents in this year’s State Budget.
Almost $25 million will be delivered this financial year to widen the southbound lanes of Mitchell Freeway between Cedric and Vincent streets.
Cyclists are big winners with $67 million allocated over the next few years to close gaps along the Fremantle Railway and Mitchell Freeway principal shared paths, which will complete an interconnected network of pathways extending out 15km from the CBD.
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$18.7 million of this will allow construction to start on the highly-anticipated Fremantle Railway project this year, and $31 million is available for the planning, design and construction of local bicycle infrastructure including the Bike Boulevard grant program.
The Government is looking to support inner city mental health needs, allocating $11.8 million in total to establish a mental health observation area plus unit at Royal Perth Hospital, with $2.8 million set aside in this year’s budget and the bulk of the funding coming in 2019-20.
The bulk of the $67 million funding for Subiaco’s Inner City College will arrive this year, with $36 million allocated, to be followed by $29.8 million before the college opens in 2020.
Construction continues for Shenton College’s upgrades with $13.8 million allocated this year, $5 million has been set aside for City Beach Residential College, and West Leederville Primary School will receive $500,000 for additions and improvements.
Mt Hawthorn Primary School will see $3 million of funding promised during the election, while Mt Lawley Senior High School is set to receive $4 million from 2019-20 for specialist facilities.
His Majesty’s Theatre is set for upgrades to the orchestra pit and front of house, with $4 million and $2.5 million respectively assigned in the budget.