$3M jetty among highlights of State Government’s multi million-dollar Kimberley Recovery Plan to help region rebound from COVID-19

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Premier Mark McGowan and Shire of Broome president Harold Tracey at Broome’s Town Beach
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A new $3 million jetty at Broome’s Town Beach that would allow for recreational fishing and small boat access is among the highlights of a massive State Government funding commitment to help the Kimberley rebound from the coronavirus pandemic.

Premier Mark McGowan flew to Broome to unveil the details of the Kimberley Recovery Plan this morning, a $110 million package that includes a swathe of infrastructure projects and education, health and social programs to create jobs and stimulate the economy.

It forms part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan that was announced earlier this week.

The Town Beach jetty would mark the final stage of the precinct’s $24 million transformation, which has also seen construction of new scenic walkway, playground, basketball courts, revetment wall, grassed family area overlooking Roebuck Bay and car park.

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Other major initiatives within the KRP include a $20 million 70 bed Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation in Kununurra, $16 million towards new facilities at North Regional TAFE in Broome and Kununurra, $8 million for planning and development of the Broome Health and Wellbeing Campus, $12 million to install Battery Energy Storage Systems to allow more rooftop solar systems in the region and $3 million to relocate the Horizon Power call centre from Melbourne to Broome.

Local businesses are expected to carry out a majority of the works under the State Government’s revamped Buy Local Policy.

Mr McGowan said the plan would drive economic and social recovery in the region to ensure it could 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,” he said.

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