Budget 2017-18

Budget 2017-18

The McGowan Labor Government’s first State Budget includes a strong investment in Fremantle, with a focus on creating jobs, getting the State’s finances back on track, planning for the future of freight transport, and investing in essential services like health and education.

You can read all about the 2017-18 WA Budget here.

Creating Jobs and Revitalising Fremantle

  • $37.5 million to relocate over 1,500 public servants into the heart of Fremantle’s CBD
  • $425 million investment in tourism and promoting WA to the world
  • $1.34 billion investment in METRONET will create jobs in construction and through the local manufacturing of rail carriages

Freight transport 

  • $6 million for the Outer Harbour Taskforce to plan for the second port at Kwinana
  • Extra $9.8 million to increase the Freight Rail Subsidy and get more freight off local roads and onto rail
  • $118 million for the High St upgrade which will improve safety and traffic flow
  • $100 million for a range of works on existing outer harbour facilities


  • $3 million to move the public dental clinic into a refurbished ward at Fremantle Hospital
  • A comprehensive review into the reconfiguration of Fremantle Hospital
  • $2 million towards commencing the establishment of Urgent Care Clinics, including one in Fremantle
  • WA’s first MediHotel at Fiona Stanley Hospital


  • Putting teachers and education assistants back into the classrooms that need them most, including at Phoenix and Southwell Primary Schools
  • $17 million to create and resource science laboratories in 100 WA Primary Schools

Our Community

  • $1.8 million to upgrade the Gibson Park Netball Courts
  • $650,000 to improve local intersections in Hilton and South Fremantle

Our Environment

  • $300,000 per year ‘Clean Rivers’ program to fund community groups who protect our river and foreshore
  • Introduction of a container deposit scheme
  • Introduction of a ban on single use plastic bags
  • Ban on fracking in South West, Peel and Perth Metropolitan regions
  • Statewide moratorium on fracking, pending the outcome of an independent scientific inquiry into the industry

Budget Repair

All Western Australians will need to share the burden to help get WA back on track. The State Government is committed to minimising the impact on struggling families and small businesses.  

This budget delivers a credible path to an operating surplus by 2020-21. 

  • $1.7 billion in savings measures in the public sector including a fairer wages policy, freeze on MP’s salaries, and a 40% reduction the number of Government departments.
  • $435 million in revenue through the introduction of a temporary increase in payroll tax for the largest companies.
  • $392 million in revenue through the increase in the gold royalty rate, bringing WA more into line with other states.
  • $303 million in revenue through increases fees and charges and better targeting of concessions.
  • Introduction of a Point of Consumption Wagering Tax and Foreign Property Buyers Surcharge