State Budget 2017: Dawesville MLA Kirkup says Budget ‘fails’ Mandurah

State Budget 2017: Dawesville MLA Kirkup says Budget ‘fails’ Mandurah

DAWESVILLE MLA Zak Kirkup is disappointed no new money will be spent in Mandurah as a result of the State Budget and claimed Mandurah seemed to have been forgotten.

Mr Kirkup said all the projects were announced before the Budget and there was little money in the Budget for new facilities or upgrades.

Planning for a new Karnup station on the Mandurah railway line was announced in the Budget along with a new multi-storey carpark for Mandurah railway station, providing 300 extra bays.

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The carpark is allocated $16.1 million, subject to a matching funding contribution from the Federal Government.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten promised $20 million when he visited Mandurah before the March State Election.

The Budget also includes $10 million to develop an eastern foreshore precinct supporting tourism, $45 million to ensure the future and growth of Peel Business Park, $5 million for the Peel Youth Medical Services hub, along with $399,000 to deliver the 3 Tier Youth Mental Health Program and a new family and domestic violence counselling service for the Peel region.

There is also funding for more CCTV cameras at Mandurah war memorial and $1.5 million for a comprehensive estuary protection plan.

But Mr Kirkup was concerned there was no increased investment in Peel Health Campus or the police station and 20 per cent less funding than promised on the multi-storey carpark.

“Will this mean a significantly smaller carpark than planned?’’ he asked.

He said Royalties for Regions had also been “gutted”.

“The Libs spent one billion a year on capital investment, now only $170 million will be spent across WA,” he said.

“This was McGowan’s first test and he failed to help Mandurah at all.”

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