THE State Government has agreed to sign the bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth Government on the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality.
Premier Geoff Gallop said he was confident WA would now be able to spend a minimum of $270 million over the next five years and possibly more pending further negotiations with the Commonwealth.
WA should now have immediate access to more than $80m in commonwealth funding and up to $70m in additional Federal funding could be available if the State Government was able to identify further matching funds during the preparation of next year's budget.
"We strongly believe the Commonwealth should be providing WA with the full amount of matching funds on offer, which is $158m over the next five years," Dr Gallop said.
WA was unable to receive recognition for past expenditure or existing expenditure commitments.