WA announces $5.5bn Recovery Plan, including extra $2.7bn for businesses

The plan will help drive economic and social recovery across the state and create a pipeline of jobs for Western Australians.

The WA Recovery Plan has been released, which will help drive economic and social recovery across the state and create a pipeline of jobs for Western Australians.

The plan has been developed with State Recovery Controller, Sharyn O’Neill, who oversaw an extensive consultation process providing high-level and strategic advice on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was also developed in consultation with the State Recovery Advisory Group, which includes representatives from business, industry, not‑for‑profit organisations, UnionsWA, the public sector, local government and the community.

The $5.5 billion investment will create thousands of local jobs in important sectors, including:

  • construction
  • manufacturing
  • tourism and hospitality
  • renewable energy
  • education and training
  • agriculture
  • mining and conservation.

It also includes $2.77 billion of the immediate response already announced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the plan, $60 million will be invested in ‘shovel ready’ maintenance upgrades to vital State Government facilities. This includes:

  • improvements to disability access at train stations
  • refurbishments of WA Police stations
  • upgrades to Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Career Fire and Rescue Service stations.

The maintenance is expected to get underway within weeks and create an immediate boost to workers such as electricians, painters, plumbers, builders and carpenters.

$66.3 million renewable energy technology package has also been announced as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

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