UPDATE - MAJOR NEW INFRASTRUCTURE FOR WA AND STIRLING
Vince Connelly, Federal Member for Stirling, welcomed the announcement that the WA economy will receive a $940 million boost from additional Federal and State infrastructure funding over the next four years.
A $868 million injection of Federal funding will increase total federal infrastructure investment in Western Australia from about $4.5 billion to about $5.4 billion over the next four years.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the eight existing projects where funding has been brought forward would help drive jobs and the economy, and deliver the roads and rail WA needed to help bust congestion.
“With $817 million in additional federal funding being injected into these eight projects over the current forward estimates period we’re focused on getting people to work and home sooner and safer while also boosting WA’s economy,” the Prime Minister said.
“We’re delivering this package of critical road and rail projects sooner as part of our $100 billion pipeline which forms a key plank of our plan for a stronger economy.”
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said that this package again demonstrates the Federal Government’s commitment to ensure WA gets its fair share in federal infrastructure investment to boost growth, create more jobs while improving road safety and busting congestion.
“Since 2013, the Federal Government has committed more than $13.5 billion in additional federal infrastructure funding to support projects across Western Australia.
“Our Government is focused on delivering projects which deliver real benefits to Western Australians, whether it’s upgrading the Great Northern Highway and Apple Street intersection ensuring better safety for motorists or improving commuter congestion on the Mandurah rail line.
“The package of works will significantly benefit all West Australians now and in the future,” Senator Cormann said.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said starting construction on $430 million worth of Urban Congestion Fund projects across Perth was a top priority.
“This string of Urban Congestion Fund projects will bust congestion to save WA commuters and business precious time and money,” Mr Tudge said.
“We also want to improve the overall safety and capacity of Perth’s freeway system, which is why projects like the Mitchell Freeway widening, due to be completed in 2021, are crucial.” From 2014 to 2018 there were 560 crashes on this freeway including one fatality and 126 crashes in which people required medical attention.
Mr Connelly said that whilst the Mitchell Freeway widening works over the last few years would deliver a much more efficient Freeway through the heart of the Stirling, the real tangible local results to getting people home on time to see their family would be felt via the investments in two key intersections.
“The announcement of $15 million for the Wanneroo / Morley intersection is long-awaited and will have a real impact on people’s capacity to maintain work/life balance. It often goes unsaid that when much of your life is spent on the road to and from work, and people feel pressured to work more and more, what suffers is the family life.”
“If I can get an intersection funded and get mums and dads home to their family quicker, I will fight for that as a matter of urgency, because time is such a precious commodity.”
“Seed funding of $2.5 million has also been provided to plan a full grade separation at the intersection of Reid Highway and Erindale Road in Balcatta. The resulting planning will enable both governments to consider a future investment to build the new interchange,” Mr Connelly said.
NEW INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS:
Wanneroo Road (Morley Drive) Intersection Upgrade
Cost estimate: $15 million
Jobs created: 90
Funding spilt: $7.5 million Federal, $7.5 million State
Reid Highway (Erindale Road) project development for grade separation
Cost estimate: $2.5 million (seed funding)
Jobs created: TBA
Funding spilt: $2 million Federal, $0.5 million State