Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Former Premier; Minister for Tourism; Science

Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Transport

    State Govt welcomes Coalition funding undertaking

    17/08/2013 12:00 AM
     

     

    Premier Colin Barnett and Transport Minister Troy Buswell today welcomed the Federal Opposition's contribution to the Perth to Darwin Highway.
     
    Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott today confirmed that a Coalition Government would contribute $615million to the project - which is expected to cost about $840million to deliver.
     
    “This is a tremendous undertaking, it is 50 per cent more than the Federal Labor Government had committed to the project,” Mr Barnett said.
     
    “The Perth to Darwin Highway will be a tremendous boost for the Swan Valley and eastern suburbs.
     
    “It will separate heavy vehicles and big trucks from suburban traffic and really break the traffic bottlenecks in the eastern suburbs.”
     
    Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the State Government had already committed $96million to start work on the project between Gnangara Road and Muchea.
     
    “This funding will mean that the whole project, from Reid Highway right through to Muchea, including three big interchanges on the southern part of the road, can be done without the project having to be staged,” Mr Buswell said.
     
    “The State Government plans to start work on this project in 2015, and given the project was reliant on federal funding, this commitment from the Federal Opposition means that should it win government, the future of this highway is assured.”

     

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