The State Budget 2017-18 represents a strong commitment to the environment and the delivery of environmental election commitments.
The WA Government will work with Murujuga traditional owners and invest $8 million in 2017-18 to develop infrastructure, including a Living Knowledge Centre at Murujuga National Park on the Burrup Peninsula. A further $1 million per year will be spent on the ongoing joint management of the area with the traditional owners.
In the Kimberley, $1 million will go towards the establishment of a park and reserve network encompassing the fringing coral reefs of the Buccaneer Archipelago, to protect the region’s outstanding natural and cultural values.
In the South-West, $3 million will be invested to develop Lake Kepwari, near Collie, as a tourism precinct with a focus on water skiing, wakeboarding and jet skiing. The project will include construction of boating infrastructure, public facilities and road access to encourage future private tourism investment.
A further $200,000 is being invested in the Wellington Dam walk trails, which will link up with the Bibbulmun Track.
This Budget reflects the McGowan Government’s commitment to the environment, and follows the decision by the Government to save the Beeliar Wetlands.
Work is also underway to implement the Container Deposit Scheme in early 2019, with $1.68 million allocated over three years towards the scheme.
For more 2017-18 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Source: Government of Western Australia.