Boost for education

Water Minister Mia Davies.
Water Minister Mia Davies.

Local MP Mia Davies said the Royalties for Regions program continued to deliver funding for key infrastructure and services, including $8 million to upgrade Northam Senior High School.

‘This will provide students with contemporary education facilities, including a new performing arts and visual arts centre, and general refurbishment of other buildings,’ she said.

The State Government also allocated $10 million to Muresk Institute to help it create a multi-purpose higher education facility and centre of excellence for agriculture in the Wheatbelt.

Other funding included |$10 million over four years to provide incentives that support the placement of police in regional locations and a $2000 Volunteer Fuel Card for all emergency service groups to acknowledge their work in supporting communities.

But Labor leader Mark McGowan said WA country areas would take a major hit from the Government’s decision to slash the $350 million Country Local Government Fund to $97 million over the next four years.

‘Colin Barnett and Brendon Grylls made no mention of their plan to slash the fund during the State election campaign and the decision will leave many country local governments high and dry,’ Mr McGowan said.

‘They have been dishonest with regional West Australians and regional councils may now be forced to rethink projects that were planned or under way on the assumption that funding would be forthcoming.’