JUST over a year since winning the seat of Kalamunda from Liberal stalwart John Day, Labor MLA Matthew Hughes is on track to deliver on a suite of election promises.
Mr Hughes said significant work had been done to deliver on key election commitments including funding a $3 million community hub in Kalamunda and fast-tracking the provision of aged care beds.
“The Kalamunda Community Hub project is still being worked through and an announcement is expected from the State Government in the near future,” he said.
“This is in light of the City of Kalamunda’s request to transfer the funding to an existing project which is the replacement of the Kalamunda Learning Centre building in Jorgensen Park.
“The $35,000 promised for Kalamunda Learning Centre towards security lighting and a footpath has been put hold due to proposal to the request to reallocate the $3 million community hub funding to this project.”
Mr Hughes said he was pleased to be involved in the inter-agency Aged Care Land Availability Working Group established by Health Minister Roger Cook and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti to fast-track the provision of aged care in WA.
“It’s been a pressing issue for the area and many elderly West Australians and their families, so it’s terrific this marks the start of a plan for more aged care facilities across the state,” he said.
“We have announced the transfer of land to Roshana at Sunshine Park in Lesmurdie to refurbish the existing facility within three years and to build a new aged care facility within seven years.
“We have also approved Ross Leighton’s Lot 500 Gavour Road MRS amendment for an aged care facility approved after years of waiting and delays under the previous government.
“And we are working closely with MercyCare to assist with the redevelopment of Villa Maria, Lesmurdie in accordance with their timeline.”
Mr Hughes said he was still advocating for an urgent care clinic to be located at Kalamunda Hospital.
The clinics were part of a State Government pledge to establish a series of urgent care clinics located within major hospitals and at some general practices to take the pressure off emergency departments.
Mr Hughes said the Roe Highway/Kalamunda Road interchange project was underway and due to be completed in 2020.
Mr Hughes now has a Mundaring office up and running on Friday mornings with an open door policy.
Funding promises delivered
$100,000 for Darlington Pavilion project
$30,000 for Rotary Club of Mundaring to purchase new mobile food van
$30 000 for Hills BMX Club to upgrade its canteen facilities of at the Ray Owen Reserve
$30,000 for Treetops School in Darlington to build a play space and edible fruits forest
$30,000 for Lesmurdie Tennis Club to replace two courts
$30,000 for Walliston Primary School to upgrade netball and basketball courts
$30,000 for Helena College for cricket nets
$10,000 for Mundaring Scout Group Hall