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Welcome to My Community Update Newsletter

Don Punch MLA, Member for Bunbury

I know I normally distribute my newsletter monthly, but the recently released South West Recovery Plan definitely warrants an extra edition.

Last week the Premier traveled to Bunbury to launch the plan. It is a $252million dollar investment plan for the south west region to create a pipeline of jobs to deliver important community infrastructure.

Bunbury fares very well in the plan. Amongst the commitments for Bunbury are;
  • $3.1 million to Bunbury Senior High School for upgrades to the performing arts areas, specialist classrooms and the school’s indoor sports hall;
  • $38 million of additional funding towards the Bunbury Hospital redevelopment, on top of the $22.8 million already allocated - the $60.8 million total investment will focus on priority clinical areas and ensure residents of the South West have access to a contemporary facility, with work to commence this summer;
  • $8 million to build the new Dalyellup Multipurpose Community and Youth Centre;
  • $5 million to redevelop Hands Oval in Bunbury to provide contemporary facilities, including male and female change rooms and club rooms;
  • $11.9 million towards the Bunbury Water Resource Recovery Scheme to provide recycled water for use on major infrastructure projects and irrigation of public open spaces - reducing the impact on groundwater sources;
  • fast track the $852 million Bunbury Outer Ring Road with construction anticipated to begin three months earlier in January 2021 and estimated to create 4,500 jobs;
  • $15.5 million for the Bunbury Port Inner Harbour access road and bridge, as part of the staged expansion of the port;
  • $3 million for upgrades at Bunbury Port including a second road hopper and upgrades to electrical and fire system assets; and
  • $3.8 million for a feasibility study to upgrade and build new infrastructure at the Port of Bunbury and Kwinana Bulk Terminal to improve the Greenbushes lithium supply chain;       

Our community will also benefit from;
  • $25 million for free TAFE short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians, with a variety of free courses available at South Regional TAFE’s Bunbury, Collie, Busselton, Harvey, Manjimup and Margaret River campuses;
  • $4.8 million for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive that provides employers with a one-off payment of $6,000 for hiring an apprentice and $3,000 for hiring a trainee, whose training contract was terminated on, or after, March 1, 2020 due to the economic downturn.
  • $32 million to expand the Lower Fees, Local Skills program and significantly reduce TAFE fees across 39 high priority courses.
  • $15 million through the Regional Road Safety Program to upgrade 240 kilometres of South-West roads with shoulder sealing and installation of audible lines, creating around 60 local jobs;
  • $80 million for targeted maintenance programs for regional social and government workers’ housing properties, including approximately 200 homes in the South-West region;
  • $141.7 million to refurbish social housing across WA’s ageing housing stock, including approximately 50 homes in the South-West region;
  • $97 million to build new social housing, including around five to 10 properties in the South-West region; and
  • $6 million for installation of rooftop solar PV on social housing including some properties in the South-West region, meaning lower power bills for residents.
The South West Recovery Plan is part of the $5.5billion overarching State wide plan to guide as through the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the plan rolls out, it will set our community up for the future. It will create immediate jobs to help us recover economically from the state of emergency. More affordable access to TAFE and accredited training will make sure we have the workforce to take up these opportunities.
It will provide vital community infrastructure like improved schools, an expanded hospital and better transport links to support the future growth and development of our community.
Projects like the redevelopment of Hands Oval and the development of a New Multipurpose Community and Youth Centre in Dalyellup will make sure we have the spaces and facilities we need to be connected as a community.
It will create an amazing level of activity and energy that will encourage further private investment into our city and surrounding areas. It is worth noting the Premier launched the South West Recovery Plan the same day Albemarle announced they were recruiting for 300 permanent local jobs for their lithium plant.
To view the full South West Recovery Plan, visit

What's Coming Up

If you would like to discuss the South West Recovery Plan, or any other issue,
why not come along to one of my mobile offices:

Saturday 5 September, 10am at Tim Shaw Park, White Street, East Bunbury
Saturday 19 September, 10am at Melaluca Park, Belcher Street, Carey Park
Or, you can always contact my office on either 9791 3636 or, or give me your feedback via my website 

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