The City of Karratha has welcomed the State Government’s commitment to a number of local projects in its 2017 WA Budget however is disappointed some initiatives missed out.
Funding allocations include $8 million for the Murujuga Living Knowledge Centre on the Burrup, $50 million for the next stage of the Karratha to Tom Price Road, $12 million to build a step-up-step-down mental health facility in Karratha and $145 million to complete the Karratha Health Campus.
However, funding that had been allocated for the completion of the Karratha CBD revitalization works has not been included and there was no support for the Wickham Community Hub or Dampier Marina projects.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said while it was disappointing to see that some projects did not receive State funding he was confident they are worthy initiatives that would ultimately attract support.
“We know the State Government is in a difficult financial position which has led to the delivery of a fairly tough budget in some areas,” Cr Long said.
“While some projects that we had hoped would receive State Government funding in this Budget missed out, we are confident they are good projects and will continue to look for alternative ways of delivering them including refining scope or seeking funding from other sources.”
“It’s terrific that funding for the new Hospital, Murujuga Living Knowledge Centre and step-up-step-down mental health facility was confirmed however it is important that the money set aside for the Top Price Road is brought forward to ensure it is built before the BBI project is confirmed. This $5.5 billion project has the potential to be a huge economic enabler for the region and the State, providing up to 700 local jobs if the road is sealed.”
“The City will continue to work collaboratively with the State Government to ensure investment is being directed into the right areas to continue to grow our local economy and deliver projects quickly.”