On the last Sunday before the WA election, the Liberals and Labor were making promises to families, seniors, people with disabilities and children.
Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said Labor would introduce a limit on council rates increases each year.
“The average increase to ratepayers’ bills across Western Australia in 2012-13 was 5.81 per cent,” he said.
“There needs to be some stringency around rate increases and it’s reasonable to suggest that you can live within the 4.5 per cent increase per annum.”
Mr McGowan said WA Labor would introduce its system in 2014-15 with a transition period where the cap would be 4.5 per cent, after which the cap would be set by the Economic Regulation Authority.
But the idea has already been criticised by Stirling Mayor David Boothman, who said local governments were restricted on ways to raise funds, so they relied on rates to provide services.
Labor has also promised $50 million over four years for public housing including $5 million for low-cost innovative housing, at least 30,000 affordable homes by 2020 and a single Housing and Planning Minister.
Mr McGowan said Labor would also abolish the Tariff Equalisation Levy and re-introduce the Waterwise rebate scheme.
Further promised was a $63.5 million Education Cost of Living Payment over four years to help families.
Eligible seniors will also receive the Cost of Living Assistance payment, while the Safety and Security Rebate would increase from $400 to $600.
The Liberals’ biggest election promise on Sunday was for a $3.4 million KidsCulture program, expanding their KidSport program to the arts including music, dance and theatre.
Albany and Stirling would kick-start the program where eligible children would be given up to $200 a year in vouchers to spend on lessons from not-for-profit organisations or local governments, as well as items such as paint, dance shoes and costumes.
The Liberals have also committed $400,000 over four years to establish more community gardens, in addition to the State’s 40 existing gardens.
Grants of up to $20,000 will be offered to community groups or local governments to establish a community garden, or up to $10,000 for the maintenance of existing community gardens.
A re-elected Liberal government will also spend $3.5 million over four years to cover the cost of ACROD parking permits.
A further $9 million over four years would be provided to help up to 40 young people with disabilities move into more appropriate housing instead of aged care facilities.
The Liberals also announced $30 million to expand the State Underground Power Program over the next four years.
Premier Colin Barnett told reporters he thought his government deserved a second term and said the concentration from now until Saturday’s poll would be on local campaigns.
“The Liberal Party has all but announced all of its policy commitments,” he said.“That will be complete over the next day or so.”
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