Federal Member for Stirling, Vince Connelly MP, has welcomed today’s announcement that the Morrison Government will invest $1.1 billion in WA transport infrastructure to boost the economy and create 6,800 jobs.
The latest funding injection builds on a series of state-wide infrastructure investments that were announced during the Commonwealth’s initial COVID-19 response. The total investment of almost $1.3 billion includes an additional $62.5 million for projects in Stirling.
Local Stirling projects include:
- $45 million funding for Stirling Bus Interchange (supporting 625 direct and indirect jobs)
- $17.5 million additional funding for Stephenson Ave, on top of the $65 million previously announced (supporting 800 direct and indirect jobs)
Mr Connelly said the Federal Government’s investment in key local infrastructure projects will have lasting benefits for Stirling residents.
“These projects will help take Stirling to the next level and put us on the map as the go-to business district outside the city. Fast, safe and easily accessible transport is the critical first step to make this vision a reality.
“Funding the Stirling Bus Interchange and increasing funding for Stephenson Ave will ensure people in our community get home sooner and safer, while also delivering more jobs in the local area.
“Today’s announcement is a signal that the Morrison Government has a plan for Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of that plan is creating 30,000 jobs through a national infrastructure spend of more than $7.5 billion,” Mr Connelly said.
Other significant investments for WA include $88 million for the Reid Highway Interchange with West Swan Road; $70 million for the Roe Highway Widening and Abernethy Road Upgrade; $16 million to undertake sealing of priority sections of the Goldfields Highway between Wiluna and Meekatharra; and $16 million to undertake upgrades on the Broome-Cape Leveque Road and associated community access roads.
Work on Roe Highway/Great Eastern Highway Bypass and Abernethy Road/Great Eastern Highway Bypass Interchanges, and the Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network, will also be accelerated with $82 million brought forward into the forward estimates.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Tuesday’s Federal Budget would deliver funding for infrastructure which supports the Government’s JobMaker plan and help Western Australia recover from COVID-19.
“We have been working closely with state and territory governments to invest in the infrastructure that is ready to go and can help rebuild our economy and create more jobs.
"These projects will keep commuters safe on the road, get people home to their loved ones sooner and provide better transport links for urban and regional communities.
“As part of the COVID-19 economic recovery plan we have invested an additional $1.3 billion focused on shovel-ready projects across the state.
“This latest investment will provide another boost to the local economy and is part of our plan to support an estimated 6,800 direct and indirect jobs across the state,” the Prime Minister said.
Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the infrastructure boost across Perth and Western Australia would help provide certainty on the economic road back from the pandemic.
“Key investments across WA include $16 million for sealing and other improvements to the Goldfields Highway between Wiluna and Meekatharra, as well as a further $16 million to upgrade Broome-Cape Leveque Road and Community Access Roads.
“The Australian Government will continue to invest in the WA economy in the coming years, through congestion-busting projects such as $88 million for Reid Highway Interchange – West Swan Road, as well as $70 million towards the Roe Highway Widening and Abernethy Road Upgrade,” Mr Tudge said.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal will re-energise Perth.
“The newly announced City Deal is all about forging partnerships across levels of government to bring investment into the CBD, creating almost 10,000 jobs while encouraging more people back into the city to create flow on economic benefits for small businesses.
“The Government is driving the delivery of major infrastructure projects to map the economic road back from the pandemic, building the economy and providing certainty for business over the long term,” Minister Cormann said.
Since being elected in 2013 the Liberal and Nationals Government has committed more than $15.4 billion for infrastructure in Western Australia.