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07.09.2017

$14.6 million for the Natural Resource Management Program to work with local communities to protect the environment

  • State Government to invest $4 billion of Royalties for Regions funding in regional WA over the next four years
  • $14.6 million for the Natural Resource Management Program to work with local communities to protect the environment

The State Government's first Budget lays out a pathway for growth in regional Western Australia, investing more than $4 billion in creating jobs and projects that really matter to regional communities.

Through Royalties for Regions, more than $1 billion will be invested in new projects in regional WA with an emphasis on job creation, regional health, mental health, education, roads and ports, tourism and economic development.

The State Government is investing more than $126 million in the protection and enhancement of cultural and environmental values, while creating new recreational opportunities in conservation areas. The State Budget will provide:

  • $14.6 million for the Natural Resource Management Program to work with local communities to protect the environment;
  • $250,000 for the Collie River water stop to improve amenity to improve water depth in Soldiers' Park;
  • $1 million towards the establishment of a park and reserve network encompassing the fringing coral reefs of the Kimberley's Buccaneer Archipelago;
  • $1 million for the Albany Oyster Reef Restoration Project; and
  • $1.8 million to develop a comprehensive estuary protection plan for the Peel-Harvey Estuary.

This is the first stage in the implementation of the State Government's investment in regional Western Australia. Planning and scoping of additional projects will be announced as part of subsequent budgets.

For more 2017-18 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au