Cities of Rockingham and Kwinana put forward funding priorities for State Budget

Cities of Rockingham and Kwinana put forward funding priorities for State Budget

WITH the State Budget handed down on Thursday, local councils have put forward their priorities.

Mayor Barry Sammels said given the City of Rockingham’s dominance as a rapidly growing metropolitan local government, the council hoped the State Government’s budget would make appropriate provision to the areas of schools, roads, public transport and community services.

“All these areas require much-needed government support to make sure our communities thrive and prosper,” he said.

Mayor Carol Adams said the City of Kwinana was realistic about funding opportunities given the Government’s need to rein in State debt.

“Given the direct impact on households, it is hoped that increases in utility charges and the emergency services levy are kept to minimum,” she said.

“Similarly, the not-for-profit sector, who deliver vital services to the residents of Kwinana and across the state, should at least have their funding maintained if not increased, as any further cutbacks will have a very real impact on at-risk families and children.

“Any further erosion of the Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund should also be arrested, as current generations should not be denied access to new facilities designed to meet the needs of a growing population.”

Cr Adams said council hoped the Government would prioritise funding of infrastructure that continued to catalyse jobs post-construction, with the continued funding of the Westport Taskforce being essential to this aim.

“The need for detailed master planning of the Western Trade Coast is vital to the State’s economic development with the need to strategically accommodate the opportunities from a new port, defence related industries and emerging growth products such as lithium,” she said.

“With Kwinana set to be the heart of a new ‘Lithium Valley’ the City would also be seeking that the State consider the additional infrastructure that is needed to support this concept becoming a reality.

“To assist in developing the supply chain associated with this new super industry, it is essential that there are improved freight and transport links such as the upgrade of Rowley Road, which has already progressed through to detailed design, and the provision of high-speed broadband to facilitate the associated research and technology sectors in the Western Trade Coast.”

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