Outer metro Perth abandoned by Liberals
08 Dec 2016
MATT KEOGH MP
MEMBER FOR BURT
CANDIDATE FOR DARLING RANGE
The Federal Liberal Government’s decision to strip eligibility for the Building Better Regions Fund from projects in Byford and Armadale is an indictment on the Liberal party’s priorities in the region.
Projects in Armadale and Byford were previously eligible for the National Stronger Regions Fund: the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale received almost $6 million in funding for two important local projects over the past three years – improved road safety and access to the town centre, and a contribution towards the new country club.
The City of Armadale applied for funding for the Armadale Aquatic Centre through the programme.
But the Federal Liberal Government has revealed that the programme – rebadged as the Building Better Regions Fund – will no longer be available for projects in Armadale and Byford, as these have been reclassified as part of the Perth metropolitan area.
“Once again we’re seeing Liberal members talk big about our region but fail to come through and provide much-needed funding for outer metropolitan infrastructure,” Federal Member for Burt Matt Keogh said.
“Andrew Hastie happily jumps on radio to complain about these changes – but this is his own government, and he does nothing to fight for our region.”
“Last month Tony Simpson and Andrew Hastie were happy to take pictures at the opening of the new Byford and Districts Country Club, which was partially funded by the National Stronger Region Fund,” WA Labor’s candidate for Darling Range Barry Urban said.
“Less than a month on and the Federal Liberal Government has changed the rules so Byford can no longer access this funding.
“Serpentine-Jarrahdale is one of the fastest growing regions in WA and has been blocked from accessing funding for infrastructure, while northern suburbs like Yanchep and Two Rocks remain in the fund.
“Meanwhile, Tony Simpson remains mute and won’t stand up for Byford.
“Only Mark McGowan and WA Labor will fund the infrastructure Byford and Darling Range need.”