City of Mandurah, Dawesville MLA reveal State Budget wishlist

Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams.
Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams.

FUNDING for expansion of health services is top of the State Budget wish list for local government authorities and politicians.

The City of Mandurah and Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup are keen to see funding for the expansion of Peel Health Campus while the Shire of Murray says the Pinjarra hospital would be a great benefit as a supporting hospital service and is hopeful the prospect can be explored.

Mr Kirkup said not a dollar was received in last year’s budget for roads, police, health or education.

“It some cases we went backwards,’’ he said.

“That needs to change this time around.

“There is a desperate need for an investment in Peel Health Campus.

“If we don’t get expansion to the emergency department, car park and a dedicated waiting room for children, I think it’s right to say we’ve been let down and ignored by the State Government.

“Anything less is not good enough.”

Mr Kirkup said Mandurah police station needed a plan for upgrading and expansion.

“As the population continues to expand, we need more local police and I would hope the Government identifies that need and plans accordingly,’’ he said.

“Last year, we did not get a single dollar towards expanding our schools, in fact in some cases there have been budget cuts.

“That trend cannot continue and the State Governments needs to ensure we have schools that are are well-funded and cater for the community.

“We also saw cuts to discounts for seniors benefits.

“They need to be reversed in this budget.”

Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams said the hospital expansion was the most important need in Mandurah.

From a district perspective, the Shire of Murray is pleased with the recent $250,000 funding for development of a business case for the future Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation but chief executive Dean Unsworth said the council was hopeful further funding would be allocated in the 2019-2020 budget, following completing of the business case.

The shire is also hopeful funding will be allocated in the 2019-20 financial year for construction of a performing arts and gymnasium facility for Pinjarra Senior High School.

He said a business case was currently being developed to support funding consideration.

Mr Unsworth also hopes for funding for development of trails in and around Dwellingup.

He said the council hoped a $9 million business case was supported and funding secured in order to transform Dwellingup into a trails town of national significance.

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