The State Government wants to get us all back to work and has been talking to business, industry, not for profit organisations, UnionsWA, the public sector, local government and the community to get ideas on the best way to achieve this.

To this end it is developing a $5.5 billion recovery plan for WA, which is intended to create thousands of jobs in important sectors such as construction, manufacturing, tourism, hospitality, renewable energy, education and training, agriculture, mining and conservation.

Last week the Premier announced further details and region specific initiatives included in this $5.5 billion recovery plan.

We have been advocating behind the scenes to make sure we get our fair share of the investment and I’m pleased to say that there are several initiatives that have been announced that are specific to the City including:

  • Regional Land Booster: $116M program where Development WA land prices have been dropped. This includes land in Madigan Estate, CBD and Gap Ridge.

  • Murujuga Living Knowledge Centre: $10M to Build the access road in Murujuga National Park to support the development of the Living Knowledge Centre and the world heritage listing

  • Karratha Senior High School: $22M for new and expanded facilities

  • Roebourne District High School: $42M for redevelopment of the education facilities

  • Wickham Primary: $3.5M towards a new early childhood learning centre.

  • Dampier Port Authority: $7.6M towards the development of an LNG Bunkering Facility in Dampier which will grow imports and trade.

  • Murujuga Rock Art Strategy: $8.4m towards monitoring, strategy development and progression of tourism initiatives.

There are also a number of new funding and grant programs that have been released including grants/programs in Waste management, youth services, events, arts and culture, natural environment and sporting infrastructure. We’re playing a close watching brief on these and will be applying for grants where appropriate.

While we’ve fared pretty well so far, we are hoping for more announcements for State Government COVID-19 related stimulus spending for projects in the City of Karratha over the coming weeks.