After gaining the Balance of Power at the 2008 State election, The Nationals WA introduced our flagship policy – Royalties for Regions.
Royalties for Regions now underpins a huge amount of regional projects across the State, delivering increased investment into local priorities, including health, education, infrastructure, emergency services, mobile phone coverage, agriculture, Aboriginal initiatives, tourism, sporting facilities and much more.
Since 2008, Royalties for Regions has invested $6.1 billion back into regional WA, supporting more than 3,600 individual projects.
More information on Royalties for Regions projects can be found by clicking here.
Click here for all the projects Royalties for Regions has invested in across regional WA.
Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture
Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture is the largest ever investment into agriculture by any State Government in Australia. The $300 million initiative is made possible by Royalties for Regions.
Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture is helping to strengthen and further develop WA’s agricultural sector – with a focus on meeting rising global demands for Western Australian exports, and strengthening regional communities where agriculture is a major economic activity.
Southern Inland Health Initiative
The Southern Inland Health is the largest ever investment into regional health by any State Government in Australia. The $565 million initiative is funded by Royalties for Regions.
More than $173 million is delivering major upgrades for hospitals in the State’s south, including Northam, Narrogin, Merredin, Katanning, Manjimup/Bridgetown and Collie. $156.9 million is significantly improving GP services and 24 hour emergency response.
The Southern Inland Health Initiative is also rolling out the State’s regional Emergency Telehealth Service, providing equipment and training to give regional residents access to specialist medical professionals without having to transport to Perth.
Regional Telecommunications Project
Access to reliable mobile phone and internet coverage is an important infrastructure demand for regional families, businesses and communities.
Mobile coverage helps families and businesses to remain connected, and in times of emergency, access to mobile phone coverage can be vital to support emergency service personnel.
The Regional Telecommunications Project is providing $45 million from Royalties for Regions, and is partnering with the Federal Government’s $100 million Mobile Black Spot Program to deliver 132 new or upgraded mobile phone towers across regional WA by 2018.
Country Age Pension Fuel Card
Unlike pensioners in the metropolitan area, regional pensioners are unable to access free public transport to help them remain active and engaged in the community.
The Country Age Pension Fuel Card provides eligible pensioners in regional WA access to a fuel card, valued at $565 a year, to put towards the cost of fuel or taxi travel – funded by Royalties for Regions.
Heading to a doctor’s appointment, doing some shopping, or catching up with family and friends, the Fuel Card can be used to fill up your car - or a friend or relative who may be driving you- or even to catch a taxi.
Emergency Service Volunteers Fuel Card
The Emergency Service Volunteers Fuel Card was an election commitment made by The Nationals WA during the 2013 State election campaign.
The card gives eligible emergency services organisations access to a $2,000 fuel card, to be used at their discretion, as a “thank you” to the many volunteers who support emergency services throughout regional WA.
The program is funded by Royalties for Regions. Eligible organisations include Bush Fire Services; Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service; Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service; State Emergency Service; Volunteer Marine Rescue Service; and St John Ambulance Service.