School and Education
The Liberals WA are committed to local schools and will fund $6m towards upgrading Cowaramup Primary School and $900,000 to upgrade the undercover area and canteen at Dunsborough Primary School.
We will also fund an extra 100-FTE equivalent school psychologists and chaplains across the State.
We remain committed to this sector with a $10m commitment to the Australian Underwater Discovery Centre at the Busselton Jetty, creating hundreds of direct and indirect jobs.
We have also committed $10m to complete the entire Wadandi track from Busselton to Augusta and committed funding to extend the dual use path from Dunsborough to Yallingup.
This will also continue our strong advocacy for the Busselton-Margaret River Airport.
With the health of Vasse River suffering, I will take immediate action to transfer the responsibility for managing Vasse River and the Geographe waterways to a single agency with the power to implement decisions.
Under the plan, responsibility for the supply of water to Dunsborough will be transferred from the Water Corporation to Busselton Water to ensure a more affordable, more reliable water service, saving residents around $270 a year.
We will invest $10 million into a Mental Health Observation Area at Busselton Hospital and a dedicated Safe Haven café in the region, which provides specialist mental health care for people not suffering a crisis to reduce the pressure on emergency departments.
We will also introduce a specialist youth suicide prevention program, with a $40 million boost to at-home palliative care services, $40 million fund to improve community health services and $5 million to commence in-home trials of chemotherapy treatments across WA.
We are committed to recruiting an extra 1200 police officers in WA, including two dedicated Youth Police Officers for the Busselton- Dunsborough area, to ensure our police force is properly staffed. Our focus also includes dedicated funding for CCTV and other security devices for seniors and the local community.
We have announced $12m to build four new artificial reefs designed to address coastal erosion along the WA coast, including one off the coast of Busselton.
Under the Liberals, small businesses with payrolls up to $1.5m will no longer have payroll tax, which will deliver payroll tax relief of up to $30,000 a year for around 5,500 small businesses.
We will also boost the incentives for employers to take on apprentices by an extra $10,000 per year and $5,000 extra for trainees.
Our plan to fast-track the regional road safety program will also create more than 4500 direct and indirect jobs, boosting regional training and employment opportunities.
We will provide free public transport for seniors and school-aged students, saving families hundreds of dollars per year, while increasing the Country Aged Pension Fuel Card to $625 a year to help pensioners in regional areas get to appointments.
Our water policy will also save Dunsborough residents about $270 a year on average while our new energy policy will create renewable, more affordable sources of energy cutting power costs significantly.
Our homeless plan includes building an additional 4600 housing units in the next five years, including 2000 new builds with a commitment that at least 25 per cent built in the regions.
We will also introduce stamp duty concessions for seniors to encourage them to downsize, opening up more housing opportunities for families.
In Vasse, we have committed $1m towards the restoration of the Ludlow Tuart Forest Settlement to ensure this historically and environmentally important forest is preserved. Our energy policy also commits to zero net state government emissions (not private sector) and creating the world's longest electric vehicle network.
Sport and Recreation
We have committed $1m to the Busselton Football Club to upgrade the club rooms and ablutions and $1m towards basketball courts for the region. We will develop access to Whicher Range mountain bike trails, implement a safe cycling program for all students and boost the Community Sports and Recreation Facilities Fund to $20 million to support grassroots sports clubs.