Premier Mark McGowan handed down his second State Budget as Treasurer on Thursday afternoon, featuring multi-million-dollar pledges in targeted funding to boost several key Kimberley projects. The Premier’s second Budget since he appointed himself State Treasurer is headlined by a $400 electricity bill credit for every WA household from July to help ease rising cost-of-living pressures. In the Kimberley, several large cash injections were announced for key projects across the region, including $52 million for a dedicated marine services hub at the Port of Broome. Some $500m has been set aside for the sealing of the Tanami Road to the WA border. A further $1.9m has been set aside for a new police facility in Kununurra, adding to the $30.4m allocated for a new WA Police District Support Facility in Broome. The previously announced $40.4m Kimberley Youth and Community Justice Response packages, which is spearheaded by a $15m spend to deliver an on-country residential facility to provide an alternative to detention, was also included. The package will see was $11.7m to extend the Kimberley Schools Project, $3.1m to boost Broome night patrols, $2m for the Kimberley Community Action Fund to support local projects to engage young people at risk, $2.5m towards Operation Regional Shield, and $1m to developing a business case for a WA College of Agriculture in the region. Water and wastewater services in Ardyaloon, Djarindjin, Lombadina and Beagle bay will receive $15.8m for upgrades, and $2m was set aside to deliver community-owned rooftop solar in remote Aboriginal communities in the region. A whopping $99.4m has been allocated to spot purchase and build new Government Regional Officer Housing across the State. Halls Creek will benefit from $23.9m to expand the Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy, with the program set to be trialled in the town. Some $920,000 has also been dedicated to the planning and design of a new renal dialysis centre in Halls Creek. A funding boost to the tune of $6.1m will be allocated to the Preventing Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder project. Some $48.6m has also been set aside to establish the WA Regional Digital Connectivity program, which aims to improve mobile and internet coverage in regional areas across WA. West Australians will still feel some hip-pocket pain, however, with a host of household fees and charges controlled by the State Government set to increase from July 1. These include: electricity (up 2.5 per cent), water (up 2.5 per cent), vehicle licence (up 3.8 per cent), driver’s licence (up 6.4 per cent), motor injury insurance (up 2.4 per cent) and standard public transport fees (up 2 per cent). The emergency services levy, an annual charge paid by all property owners through local council rate notices, has also been increased by 5 per cent. Asked to justify the increase to charges when inflation and interest rates are rising, Mr McGowan said “the cost of providing services continues to grow” but every household would benefit from the one-off power subsidy as it was not means-tested. In a clear nod to the Federal election in just nine days, Mr McGowan told Parliament that his Government had delivered an “undoubtedly and unashamedly Labor Budget”. WA’s operating surplus for 2021-22 almost doubled from the $2.4b predicted in December’s midyear review to $5.7b, just short of last year’s record $5.8b.