PHCCI State Budget Sundowner Briefing 2023/2024: Highlights and Key Government Initiatives
AAC’s new Regional Manager for Hedland, Christie Haynes, joined outgoing RM Michelle Kivits and Daniel O’Neil from AAC Driver Training Services in attending the PHCCI State Budget Sundowner briefing for the 2023/2024 fiscal year.
The event, which took place at the Hedland Esplanade Hotel, featured a presentation by Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Emergency Services, Innovation and the Digital Economy, Medical Research, and Volunteering. This occasion was supported by Kevin Michel MLA and the Pilbara Development Commission.
During the briefing, Minister Dawson announced a substantial $750 million boost for housing, homelessness, and land initiatives. This commitment reflects the government’s dedication to addressing crucial social issues and creating a more equitable society. The funding will play a significant role in ensuring affordable housing options, combating homelessness, and supporting land development projects in Western Australia.
One of the key highlights of the 2023-24 Budget is the resilience and strength of Western Australia’s economy. With an anticipated growth rate of 4.25% in 2022-23, this marks the highest economic growth the state has seen in nine years. Moreover, the record number of people employed further demonstrates the positive trajectory of the region.
The State Budget showcases the government’s commitment to improving the lives of its residents through various initiatives. Notably, a $715 million cost of living package has been allocated, which includes a minimum $400 electricity credit for every household. This measure aims to alleviate the financial burden on families and individuals and improve their quality of life.
Recognizing the importance of healthcare, the government has committed an additional $2.7 billion to the state’s health and mental health systems. This record investment emphasises the significance placed on the well-being of Western Australians. It will enable the expansion and improvement of healthcare facilities, ensuring that individuals have access to high-quality care and support when needed.
Another area of focus in the budget is the environment and climate change. With a commitment of $3 billion, the government is taking substantial steps to address climate change and create a sustainable future. The allocation includes $2.8 billion specifically earmarked for the decarbonization of the state’s main electricity grid. By investing in renewable energy sources and reducing carbon emissions, Western Australia aims to become a leader in combating climate change and safeguarding the environment.
The State Budget also emphasises the importance of housing, with an additional $750 million invested to boost housing supply and choice. This allocation will help address the growing demand for affordable housing and ensure that individuals and families have access to safe and secure accommodation. By investing in housing initiatives, the government aims to improve living standards and provide greater opportunities for all residents.
Furthermore, the State Budget introduces a substantial $39 billion Asset Investment Program over the next four years. This program signifies the government’s commitment to infrastructure development and improving essential services across the state. By investing in critical infrastructure projects, Western Australia aims to enhance connectivity, stimulate economic growth, and create a solid foundation for future prosperity.
The PHCCI State Budget Sundowner briefing provided valuable insights into the government’s priorities and initiatives for the 2023/2024 fiscal year. Attendees, including Christie Haynes, Michelle Kivits, and Daniel O’Neil, gained a comprehensive understanding of the state’s economic growth, social welfare initiatives, climate action plans, housing investments, and infrastructure development.
As AAC’s new Regional Manager for Hedland, Christie Haynes is well-positioned to leverage this knowledge and contribute to the development and implementation of AAC’s strategies in alignment with the government’s vision. With a strong focus on community engagement and partnership, AAC is poised to make a meaningful impact in the region and support the government’s efforts to build a prosperous and sustainable Western Australia.