- Unprecedented $26.9b infrastructure investment over the next four years
Key infrastructure projects like Elizabeth Quay, new children’s hospital and MAX Light Rail will secure WA’s future
$5.7b in transport infrastructure alone to keep West Australians moving
The State Government is investing an unprecedented $26.9billion in infrastructure over the next four years to continue to build the State and create assets for the future.
In this year alone, the Liberal National Government will maintain its nation-leading infrastructure program by investing $7.5billion in long-term major projects such as Elizabeth Quay, Perth Stadium, the new children’s hospital, Fiona Stanley Hospital and transport.
Treasurer and Transport Minister Troy Buswell said transport projects would receive a record $5.7billion in the 2013-14 State Budget.
“The Government has committed $5.7billion over the next four years to transport infrastructure - a substantial increase on the $3.4billion spent over the four years to 2011-12,” Mr Buswell said.
“To put this investment into perspective - it is the equivalent of four Mandurah-Perth railways.
“Today’s State Budget re-affirms our Government’s commitment during the March election campaign to deliver better transport options to this State.
“By 2020, the people of Western Australia will be able to take an easy train ride to the airport to start their family holiday, or hop on the MAX light rail system to quickly travel across town.
“Our Government is investing in the future by building long-term assets that will be enjoyed and used for years to come.”
Key transport election commitments in this year’s State Budget include:
$174million over four years to commence the $2billion Airport Rail line, which will have three new stations, an additional 3,000 parking bays and 18 new railcars. Construction will start in 2016 with a scheduled finish in 2019
$432million over four years towards building the 22km MAX Light Rail, connecting the growing northern suburbs and the Perth CBD, east to Victoria Park and west to Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre in Nedlands. Construction will start in 2016 and is scheduled to finish in 2019
$46.5million over the forward estimates to construct a new secure, multi-storey car park at Edgewater train station, comprising about 1,000 car bays
$325million over four years (with a State funding contribution of $100million) to construct a 37km section of the Perth to Darwin Highway.
The Treasurer said the State Budget was being delivered at a time when WA’s population had grown at rapid levels, with the population increasing by about 75,000 people last year, putting pressure on key service areas like health, education and law and order.
“While WA’s economy continued to lead the nation last financial year, making it a very attractive place to live, this rapid growth has placed unprecedented demand on our services and infrastructure,” he said.
Mr Buswell said the 2013-14 State Budget continued to support the State’s $7billion hospital building program, with $108million allocated to the Fiona Stanley Hospital, $417million to the new children’s hospital and $146million to Midland Public Hospital.
The Treasurer said investment in school infrastructure was also continuing at a rapid pace.
“Students across the State will reap the benefits of a $582million investment in new primary and secondary schools, and a total of $1.5billion over the next four years,” he said.
The funding will see construction begin on four new primary schools in Perth’s southern corridor and Kimberley region ($56million). Another $78.2million had been allocated to five new primary schools already under construction and $210million had been allocated to six secondary schools.
Perth’s transformation continues with $237million in 2013-14 for key works on major projects including Elizabeth Quay, Perth City Link, Chinatown, Riverside and redevelopments in Armadale, Midland and Scarborough.
“Elizabeth Quay will be a premier waterfront destination, reconnecting the city and the Swan River. An amount of $174million in 2013-14 will provide for the ongoing construction of the new inlet,” Mr Buswell said.
This year’s State Budget contained an allocation of $101million to commence works in relation to the Perth Stadium, with completion expected in 2018.
The Liberal National Government will invest $3.6billion over the next four years to develop and upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure.
“Investments to help drought-proof Perth included $111million towards rolling-out Stage One of the groundwater replenishment scheme and nearly $270milllion to deliver the new Mundaring Water Treatment Plant and pump station to ensure more than 100,000 people receive improved water quality,” the Treasurer said.
In addition, the Government is investing $4.6billion over the next four years in energy infrastructure, including $864million on wooden power pole maintenance and replacement, as well as $303million for the Mid West Energy Project.
Mr Buswell said these projects were part of the Liberal National Government’s commitment to investing in infrastructure to support our growing State.
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