Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Former Treasurer; Attorney General

    State Budget 2012-13: Building the State - $26.4billion capital works program

    17/05/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • $167million (in 2012-13) to the $270million Perth Waterfront project
    • $375million for Perth Stadium - over one-third of the project funded
    • $183m on the $744m Perth City Link project to connect the city and Northbridge
    • $32million over 3 years for a new WAIS high performance service centre
    • $3.6b in 2012-13 & over the forward estimates for upgrading & building essential new water & wastewater infrastructure

    The Liberal-National Government is committed to transforming Western Australia with a $26.4billion capital works program over the next four years, including $7.6billion to be spent in 2012-13 alone, the highest spend on infrastructure in WA’s history.

     

    Treasurer Christian Porter said the investment in infrastructure was aimed at building the State for current and future generations.

     

    “About 1,000 people are moving to WA every week and this creates enormous demands on infrastructure,” Mr Porter said.

     

    “The State Government is responding to this unprecedented growth by planning for the future with a number of capital works projects, including the Perth Stadium, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth City Link and the Perth Waterfront.”

     

    The Treasurer said construction had commenced on civil engineering works for the Perth Waterfront project and $167million of the total $270million project would be spent in 2012-13 to continue development of the inlet and public domain.

     

    “The project will reconnect the city with the Swan River to provide an integrated and dynamic waterfront environment to be enjoyed by Western Australians as well as visitors to our great State,” he said.

     

    Mr Porter also said the Budget contained a provision of $375million from 2013-14 to 2015-16 to begin construction of the Perth Stadium, with completion expected in 2018.

     

    “The transformation of our city will take shape this year and a major part of this is providing the funding for the Perth Stadium,” he said.

     

    This is in addition to allocating $32million over three years towards constructing a High Performance Service Centre for the WA Institute of Sport.

     

    The Treasurer said $183million would be spent in 2012-13 on the $744million Perth City Link project, with 2012-13 funding focusing on sinking the Perth to Fremantle railway line west of Perth station and commencing stage one works to deliver a vibrant mixed-use precinct

     

    Critical health infrastructure projects in this Budget include $281million towards the new $2billion Fiona Stanley Hospital as well as $228million on the $1.2billion New Children’s Hospital at the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre site.

     

    The Liberal-National Government is also investing $971million in social and affordable housing and related infrastructure in 2012-13, including $130million on additional social housing dwellings over the next two years.

     

    Mr Porter said the Government was investing heavily in transport infrastructure in the Budget, to address growing traffic congestion and accommodate WA’s growing population.

     

    The capacity of the Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel and the Mitchell Freeway will be expanded by adding a third lane in both directions in the tunnel, and constructing an additional lane on the Mitchell Freeway northbound from the Graham Farmer Freeway merge-point to Hutton Street at a total cost of $57million, including $35million in 2012-13.

     

    An amount of $29million will also be spent in 2012-13 to complete construction of an additional northbound lane on the Mitchell Freeway between Hepburn Avenue and Hodges Drive, and $93million will be provided for extending the Joondalup railway line to Butler.

     

    The Treasurer said the State Government was also providing funding of $276.5million over the forward estimates to the $1billion Gateway WA project to facilitate a transport network to the Perth airport precinct.

     

    In addition to this, the Government was investing $4.6billion over the four years to 2015-16 in energy infrastructure, including $863million on wooden power pole maintenance and replacement, as well as $403million over 2012-13 to 2015-16 on a new transmission line - worth a total of $443million - for the Mid-West region.

     

    The Government will also spend $3.6billion in 2012-13 and over the forward estimates period, to upgrade and build essential new infrastructure to secure WA’s water services for the long term.

     

    Mr Porter said the most significant single project in 2012-13 would be the expenditure of $260million to complete the expansion of the Southern Seawater Desalination Plant.

     

    “In 2012-13, $2.5million will also be spent on preliminary design and investigation works to ensure the Water Corporation is in a position to progress groundwater replenishment to a full-scale scheme,” he said. 

     

    “These projects are part of the Liberal-National Government’s commitment to transforming the State and building the vision for our future.”

     

          Fact File

    • Over the period 2009-10 to 2015-16 the Liberal-National Govt has so far invested & plans to invest an average of $6.7b p.a. to build the State
    • WA Budget statements are available at http://ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au

    Treasurer’s office - 6552 5600