Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the Budget is backing hard-working residents and businesses, with the South West and healthcare the big winners in this year’s Budget – with a $10 billion health care package.
The Bunbury Outer Ring Road is one step closer to being completed, with Mrs Marino delivering $10 million towards the next stage of the project.
Mrs Marino said she would continue to deliver major infrastructure across the South West, including the more than $9 million she secured for the Busselton-Margaret River Airport upgrade.
“Following lobbying by the WA Liberals, the Government will provide the WA Government with a further top-up payment of $226 million,” Mrs Marino said.
“Two Forrest road black spots will be fixed, including the section of Balingup-Nannup Road, where vegetation and roadside hazards will be removed, gravel shoulders and advisory signs on curves to be installed.
“A section of Parade Road (Usher) will have pedestrian facilities installed, improved traffic flow, a bus embayment, and road sign upgrades and street lighting.”
$200 million will go towards a new round of the Building Better Regions Fund, under the new $472 million Regional Growth Fund.
Mrs Marino said the Turnbull Government’s $10 billion package to invest in our health system, will improve healthcare in the South West.
“The Turnbull Government will legislate to guarantee Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, with a Medicare Guarantee Fund, delivering on one of our election promises.
“In a first, the Government has created new partnerships with doctors, specialists, pharmacists and the medicines sector. There will be $1.2 billion available in new medicines including for patients with chronic heart failure. We will also invest $1.4 billion in ground-breaking health research over the next four years, including $65.9 million this year, to help research into children’s cancer.”
Mrs Marino said first home buyers will be backed by tax cuts from the Federal Government.
“First home buyers will be able to salary sacrifice into their superannuation, and under our plan first home buyers will be able to accelerate their savings by at least 30 per cent,” Mrs Marino said.
Forrest Small Businesses will continue to be supported through a number of measures.
“The instant asset write-off will continue for a further year – great news for small business,” Mrs Marino said.
“We are encouraging States to cut red tape with a $300 million incentive through the National Partnership on Regulatory Reform to reduce regulatory burdens and remove unnecessary restrictions on competition.”
This Budget is a transformational next step in the Liberal-led Government’s record investment in infrastructure – improving connectivity, productivity, and liveability in our cities and regions.