The main streets of Pinjarra will soon be safer thanks to a $22 million investment by the Morrison Government to build the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation.
Member for Canning Andrew Hastie campaigned for the Deviation for many months in Canberra, including meetings with the Deputy Prime Minister in his capacity as the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development. Mr Hastie hailed the funding as a major win for Pinjarra and the Peel region.
“Over 690 trucks drive down the main street of Pinjarra every day,” Mr Hastie said. “As our region continues to grow that number will rise. If we had done nothing Pinjarra’s roads would be at capacity, causing serious congestion and increasing the likelihood of a bad accident.
“The deviation will get heavy vehicles out of the CBD, making Pinjarra safer for locals. It will also increase the productivity of local industry. Trucks will no longer have to slow down and wait for lights as they pass through town.”
The funding comes as part of the Morrison Government’s additional $1.6 billion investment announced this week for critical infrastructure across Perth and regional Western Australia.
It builds upon the existing $9.81 billion worth of commitments to West Australian road and rail infrastructure.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this year’s Budget would lock in further federal support for crucial infrastructure projects across regional WA.
“The upcoming Budget will continue the Liberal and Nationals Government’s firm commitment to ensuring Western Australia gets its fair share of infrastructure funding now and into the future,” the Prime Minister said.
“We are prioritising investment in the major projects needed to better support regional areas, ease congestion in and around Perth and reduce the terrible impact of road trauma by delivering safer roads.”
Bedingfeld Park in Pinjarra will receive $3.5 million in federal funding from the Coalition Government towards stage 1 of their $7.1 million expansion project. The planned aged care wing will provide greater care for people living with dementia or high care needs.
“This vital project will fill a much-needed gap in aged care services for the Pinjarra region.”
The funding is part of the Building Better Regions Fund - Infrastructure Projects stream. 136 projects will be funded under the Infrastructure Projects stream, with the Coalition Government investing over $200 million.
People in need of high level aged care services in the Pinjarra region will benefit from a major expansion of the Bedingfeld Park facility.
“We need better health services, particularly in aged care for the Peel region. The expansion of Bedingfeld will make a huge difference by allowing elderly people to stay closer to their homes, family and local community."
Once completed, the new wing at Bedingfeld Park will include 25 single rooms with ensuite, a nurses station, living, dining and activity areas, treatment rooms, servery kitchen and secure landscaped courtyard.
The project is expected to create 18 jobs during construction and another 18 ongoing jobs – which will be a big boost to the local economy.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the project will deliver significant economic and social benefits to the community.
“Under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream, the Coalition Government is investing well over $200 million in 136 projects with a total project value of $459 million. This means, in each successful community much anticipated local projects are receiving the funds needed to take a big idea and make it a reality."” Dr McVeigh said.
It’s all part of the Coalition Government’s plan to create more jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities across Australia.
A further $200 million was announced in the 2018 Budget for a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund - a clear indication of the Coalition Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.
The second round of the Building Better Regions Fund, which includes the Community Investment stream and the Infrastructure Projects stream, is expected to create up to 10,000 jobs from over 240 projects.
The Turnbull Government is providing an additional $649 million per year to create 9911 new residential aged care places with Canning set to benefit.
“I welcome the news of the increased funding through the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round and the benefit it brings to Canning,” said Andrew Hastie MP.
“Bedingfeld Lodge in Pinjarra has received funding for an additional 25 beds. This will enable a significant expansion of their existing capacity, particularly for people suffering from dementia.
“With our rapidly ageing population, the Australian Government is committed to providing a sustainable aged care system that meets the needs of our older Australians,” Mr Hastie said.
“This allocation also reflects the federal government’s recognition of our regional status, which was factored into this decision. Canning is one of many rural and remote regions across Australia that will benefit, with 27.4 per cent of all residential places allocated to non-metropolitan areas,” Mr Hastie said.
The new residential aged care places follow the announcement of 475 Short-Term Restorative Care places made available through the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round in February 2017.
These Short-Term Restorative Care places, worth an estimated total expenditure of up to $34.7 million a year, provide flexible aged care options that will help older people remain in their own homes for longer after injury or illness.
“Australians want greater choice and control over the care they receive and these changes do exactly that,” Mr Hastie said.
Information about the 2016−17 Aged Care Approvals Round outcomes, including details of the successful approved providers, is available on the https://agedcare.health.gov.au/2016-17acar/results.