Since 2008, WA’s population has grown by around 490,000 people.
Investment in priority areas was needed to catch up on Labor’s underinvestment, and deal with the challenges of rapid population growth.
As a result, the State’s asset base has grown by 54% to $190 billion and created more than 98,000 direct jobs.
Around 90% of debt has gone to upgrading essential services such as electricity/water infrastructure, roads, hospitals and schools.
About 2.5% has gone on projects like Perth Stadium, Perth City Link, and Elizabeth Quay.
Rebuilt the Health System:
A $7 billion health asset program has modernised WA’s healthcare system:
- World-class new hospitals such as Fiona Stanley, Midland, Albany, Busselton and Hedland Health Campuses and the Perth Children’s Hospital. Major redevelopments also include Joondalup Health Campus, Kalgoorlie Hospital, and a program of improved services in regional areas.
- WA nurses and doctors are the highest paid in the country, and the health budget has increased 88% to $9bn.
Revitalised the City:
The Liberal-National Government has injected new vibrancy into Perth city including:
- Elizabeth Quay ($440m), Perth City Link ($1b), upgrading Perth Cultural Centre ($490m), Chinatown ($2.5m), Perth Stadium ($1.06b), and the new Museum ($428m); and helped secure direct flights from Perth to London
Modernised Perth’s Transport Infrastructure: To address the needs of our growing population.
- Completed the Gateway Project to transform roads around the airport; sunk the Perth railway and bus port.
- Extended the Mitchell Freeway to Hester Avenue, and commenced Roe 8
- Extended the railway line to Butler and commenced the Forrestfield Airport Link
- Built an additional 347km of cycle infrastructure across WA, with more to come.
Boosted Regional Investment:
- $7.1 billion in Royalties for Regions funding to provide greater access to health, education, and housing services, as well as upgrading roads, infrastructure and the social amenity of regional areas.
- Strategic investments are also unlocking the economic potential of the regions, such as the development of the Ord region into a world‑class agriculture precinct.
Reformed Public Education:
- WA schools are the best resourced of all States, and public school enrolments have grown faster than their private-school counterparts each year for the past five years.
- The Independent Public School model allows public schools greater autonomy and tailored resources to address students’ needs.
- In 2017, 524 schools will be IPS representing 83% of public school students.
- Undertook the successful transition of year 7 students into high school
- In 2016, WA teachers are the best paid in the country.
Red-tape Reform Program:
- changes to retail trading hours;
- modernising liquor laws to provide greater flexibility to producers and licensees; and
- building reforms to reduce time to build a home.
Continued our Tough Stance on Crime:
- Mandatory 75% of the statutory maximum for serious/sexual assaults committed during a home invasion.
- ‘Three Strikes’ rule, sending offenders to jail if they commit three burglaries on three separate days.
- Introduced mandatory jail for assaults against police, ambulance officers, transit guards, court security and prison officers, and youth custodial officers.
- Tough anti-graffiti laws have seen an 88% decline in graffiti offences.
- New Out of Control Party laws.
- Tough hoon laws resulted in over 2,000 vehicles being impounded in 2015.
Cared for the Vulnerable:
Since 2008, we have increased funding for social services:
- an 85% increase to mental health services (to $870million);
- 84% increase to child protection and family support (to $650million); and 1
- 23% increase to disability services (to $966 million).
- Appointed WA’s first Minister for Mental Health, and established Australia’s first Mental Health Commission.
- Delivered on our promise to provide 20,000 new affordable homes by 2020 in mid-2015. The target is now 30,000 affordable homes by 2020.
- Expanded compulsory third party insurance to care for people catastrophically injured in motor accidents.
- Negotiated a State run National Disability Insurance Scheme with the Commonwealth to start 1 July 2017.
Sport and Recreation:
- Perth Stadium is over 70% complete, on time and on budget;
- built the new $26m State Netball Centre and $33.7m WAIS High Performance Centre;
- redeveloped HBF Arena ($24.1m);
- initiated ‘KidSport’ in 2011, which has helped 62,039 children join over 2,600 sporting clubs; and
- invested more than $156m to over 980 community sport and recreation projects.
Planning beyond the Electoral Cycle: to address the needs of further population growth.
- Perth and Peel at 3.5 million provides direction for future land use planning, while Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Region streamlines environmental approvals for this development.
- The Perth Transport Plan for 3.5 million People and Beyond is an integrated plan covering all modes of transport (not just road and rail) to cater for Perth’s population growth.