THE introduction of a container deposit scheme and increased aerial and beach patrols have been the biggest winners in the State Budget 2019/20.
A total of $4.4 million will be used to implement WA’s first Container Deposit Scheme with $3.1 million of this invested from 2019 to 2023 for implementation and oversight.
This will be used to deliver and oversee the scheme and provide grants to refund point operators.
The container deposit scheme is expected to be in operation by 2020.
The economic regulation authority will be tasked with monitoring the effect of the container deposit scheme on beverage prices in Western Australia with $1.3 million spent on work over two years (2019 to 2021).
Surf Life Saving Western Australia will receive $7.7 million spent over two years (2019 to 2021).
This will be used for beach and aerial patrols in the Perth metropolitan area and the South-West, to coordinate services and emergency responses and operate a jet ski response team and drone program.
An additional $22 million from 2019 to 2023 has been approved for the continuation of the Enhanced Prescribed Burning Program.
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