Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Transport

    State Budget 2013-14: Investing in infrastructure to support our growing State

    8/08/2013 12:00 AM
    • 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.


           Fact File

    • Key transport infrastructure investments:
      • $56m for Aubin Grove Train Station
      • $219m for the Perth City Link - sinking of the Wellington Street Bus Station
      • The delivery of an additional 66 railcars, the first of which will arrive later in 2013, and the investment of $237m upgrading our bus fleet
      • $152m to start the extension of Mitchell Fwy from Burns Beach Road to Hester Ave
      • State Government will continue its record investment in the State’s road network with $1.1b to Main Roads in this year alone to tackle the pressure on our road network
      • Works on $1b Gateway Project will continue with $836m committed over four years to deliver a safer, more efficient road network to the Perth Airport precinct, surrounding businesses and residential areas
    • Key health infrastructure investments:
      • $108m towards Fiona Stanley Hospital
      • $417m towards the construction of the $1.2b new children's hospital
      • $146m for construction of the $360.2m Midland Public Hospital
      • $66million for medical equipment replacement
      • $120.2m for construction of a new Busselton Health Campus, including $40.5m from the Royalties for Regions program
      • $325m for the Southern Inland Health Initiative, funded under the Royalties for Regions program, to improve infrastructure for integrated district health services, primary health centres, small hospitals and nursing posts, telehealth and residential aged and dementia care
      • $224m for expansion of services and facilities at Joondalup Health Campus
      • $207.1m for construction of Karratha Health Campus
      • $58.9m for Kalgoorlie Health Campus redevelopment, including $15.8m of Royalties for Regions funding
      • $22m for construction of remote Aboriginal health clinics
    • Work will start on:
      • $26.5m Carnarvon Hospital Redevelopment, commencing in 2014
      • $7.8m Exmouth Multipurpose Service Redevelopment, funded through Royalties for Regions, commencing in early 2014
      • $32.7m Esperance Integrated District Health Service starting in mid-2014
    • Perth City Capital Works
      • $174m in 2013-14 for the ongoing construction of the inlet at Elizabeth Quay, that will deliver 800 new dwellings and 400 hotel rooms, surrounded by promenades, shops and restaurants
      • $13m for works to essential services on Wellington Street and detailed planning for City Square as part of Perth City Link. This project will attract more than $4b from the private sector, house up to 3,060 new residents and create about 13,500 jobs
      • $2m across two years will be invested to revitalise Chinatown in Northbridge, making it more attractive for families, visitors and tourists
      • $17m for redevelopment works towards the Riverside Project in East Perth
      • $6.5m to upgrade the Welshpool Collections and Research Centre, the home of the State’s 4.5 million museum artefacts. This upgrade is critical to the success of the $428m new museum project
    • WA Budget statements are available at http://ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au

    Treasurer and Transport Minister’s office - 6552 6400