What the State Budget means for the Peel region

What the State Budget means for the Peel region

THE Peel region is set to benefit from the State Government’s investment in the areas of health, community support services, education, Aboriginal development, agriculture, tourism and the arts.

Specific Peel projects funded in the 2016-17 State Budget through Royalties for Regions and forward estimates include $49.3 million to Transform Peel, with a new agricultural and industrial precinct, including Nambeelup Business Park, incorporating more than 1000 hectares of land, planning for Peel Integrated Water Initiative and a new Peel Food Zone and a share in $20 million under the Regional Estuaries Initiative to restore the health and function of the Peel-Harvey Inlet.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment would build infrastructure to grow the Peel and develop economic opportunities with projects such as the new Mandurah traffic bridge.

“The Government has made responsible decisions to ensure Peel communities continue to thrive, develop and contribute to the State’s economy,” he said.

“We must look to secure our State’s future and provide opportunities for industry growth that supports local jobs and creates long-term benefits for regional communities.

“Not only does Royalties for Regions provide better infrastructure and services for regional communities, it also builds regional economies, which is good for the entire State.”

The Peel also has the chance to access funding from the $642 million allocated over the next four years to implement major economic, social and community development projects that arise from Regional Investment Blueprints while $600 million will be invested through Grow Your South initiative to revitalise Peel, the South West, the Great Southern and the Wheatbelt.