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Tourism, education and infrastructure upgrades as multi-million dollar Peel Recovery Plan announced

Member for Mandurah David Templeman, Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke, Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson, Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia in Mandurah to announce the Peel Recovery Plan on Saturday.
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A multi-million dollar package for the Peel region will see upgrades in tourism, education and infrastructure as apart of the WA Recovery Plan.

The Peel Recovery Plan, announced on Saturday, includes significant investments in several sectors including construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training, and agriculture. 

Funding will be injected into upgrades across the Peel region including tourism programs, popular campsites and tracks, emergency services which will benefit a local police station and fire department, health programs, education facilities, and developments.

Premier Mark McGowan said the plan would boost jobs in the area and drive economic recovery.

“I thank each and every member of the Peel community for their efforts and sacrifices during the pandemic,” Mr McGowan said.  

“The Peel Recovery Plan will drive economic and social recovery in the region to ensure it can recover stronger than ever. 

“It will create a pipeline of short and long term jobs for locals and deliver huge improvements to local infrastructure and services.”

As apart of the McGowan Government’s revamped Buy Local policy multiple investments in the Peel region’s infrastructure and industry will create opportunities for local businesses and job seekers which include: 

  •  Mandurah Police station to benefit from $2 million worth of upgrades.
  •  $8.65 million injected into local infrastructure, including roads and drainage in East Keralup near Stake Hill.
  •  Waroona Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services HQ receive a $210,000 upgrade.
  • More affordable residential, commercial and industrial lots at Mandurah Junction, Ranford, and Pinjarra as apart of the states $116 million Regional Land Booster package.
  • The installation of more than 60 solar panels at bus and train stations across WA including Mandurah Train Station.

Mandurah MP David Templeman said the plan is an important step in the Peel’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The McGowan Government is continuing its record of strong investment in the region, and this plan will deliver important upgrades to Mandurah TAFE, tourism infrastructure, improvement works to the Peel-Harvey estuary, roads and other job-creating projects,” Mr Templeman said. 

The plan includes a significant investment in tourism programs across the region with several national parks and buildings in line to be upgraded including: 

  • A $1.19 million upgrade along the Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi Trail including renewing campsites and bridges. 
  • Goegrup Lake Nature Reserve will see it’s ageing timber boardwalk replaced with $750,000 allocated to the project.
  •  Buildings, new facilities and services across national parks in the Peel region, including Serpentine National Park are expected to receive $350,000 worth of upgrades. 
  • The Peel-Harvey waterway system will also receive a percentage of $25 million as apart of the Healthy Estuaries WA program.
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Western Australia’s health and community services are also a vital part of of the WA Recovery Plan which will include $4 million towards the expansion of family and domestic violence refuges, including the construction of an additional six units at the Peel therapeutic refuge. 

Murray-Wellington MP Robyn Clarke said the significant investment into the Peel region would create a pipeline of jobs and bring tourists to the area. 

“The Peel Recovery Plan will put the Peel region in a strong position to recover from the pandemic, and I know our community is very grateful and looking forward to positive outcomes,” Murray-Wellington MP Robyn Clarke said. 

“The plan will create new training opportunities in the region, deliver significant improvements to local infrastructure and create long-term jobs for locals.  

“We have some of the world’s best natural hiking trails right here in Peel, these upgrades will enhance visitors experiences.”

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Announced last week, education and training across the region are in for a boost as apart of the state governments $229 million TAFE Package.  

Mandurah’s South Metropolitan TAFE will get a new $9.17 million Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre to deliver skills for a range of courses including commercial cookery, tourism and events management. 

In addition, a variety of courses will be made free and have fees reduced in a bid to upskill thousands of Western Australian’s.  

The education initiative also includes a new $10.38 million performing arts centre and sports hall at the Pinjarra Senior High School as part of the Major School Upgrade package. 

The Peel region will benefit from a range of state-wide programs included in the WA Recovery Plan, which can be viewed online here.

Tex Reeks

Freelance video journalist
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